Proposals Regarding the Federal Reserve Board's Financial Disclosure System

FPCD-77-46: Published: Aug 12, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1977.

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The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has established a financial disclosure system for its employees that is designed to maintain public confidence in Board operations. Federal Reserve System regulations require employees in designated positions at the GS-13 level and above to submit confidential financial statements of employment and financial interests.

Employees in 26 positions reviewed by GAO who should have filed statements, according to Civil Service guidelines, did not do so because disclosure criteria were not specific enough. Only 85 of approximately 1,500 Board employees were required to file statements in 1976. In May 1977, the Board amended its regulations to expand the number of positions requiring filing of statements. No comprehensive listing of prohibited interests and procedures has been developed to help determine if speculation has taken place. The financial disclosure form should be revised to include information needed to enforce Board regulations. Some Board employees are not restricted in their credit arrangements even though they have duties that may influence policy and decisionmaking.

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