Financial Markets and Institutions:
Financial Institutions and Markets Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1996-98
IAP-95-1: Published: Mar 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Financial Institutions and Markets issue area plan for fiscal years 1996 through 1998.
GAO noted that: (1) it plans to, in consultation with others, develop issue area plans to direct its limited resources to the most important issues of concern to Congress; (2) the Financial Institutions and Markets issue area generally focuses on establishing a regulatory framework for financial institutions and covers the federal agencies that regulate and support the financial sector; (3) recent GAO reports cover such issues as interstate banking, the credit card industry, banks' insider lending activities, the Federal Home Loan Bank System, the Farm Credit System, and the risks of financial derivatives to individual firms and the financial system; and (4) the principal issues include enhancing financial system efficiency, maintaining financial system integrity, and facilitating choices about financial services.