FHFA Releases Annual Performance and State of the GSEs
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco has released the FHFA’s 2011 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) detailing the agency’s performance and achievements for fiscal year 2011. For the third consecutive year, FHFA received a clean audit opinion from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on its annual financial statements. During the fiscal year covered by the 2011 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), the FHFA conducted annual and targeted examinations at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) to assess their safety and soundness, evaluate their risk management and governance, and review their support for housing finance and affordable housing. FHFA key actions detailed in the PAR: ►Produced annual Report to Congress detailing 2010 examination results for the GSEs and the FHLBanks. ►Restructured the FHFA examination program to establish examiners in charge at each GSE, enhance examiner training, and develop consistent examination standards for all of the regulated entities. ►Created a dedicated housing mission and policy team, including housing policy, policy analysis and research, systemic risk and market surveillance, and financial and modeling analysis. ►Approved FHLBank capital plan amendments to systematically increase retained earnings by allocating 20 percent of net income to a restricted retained earnings account upon the FHLBanks’ satisfaction of their Resolution Funding Corporation obligation. ►Took enforcement action to address supervisory concerns with the Seattle FHLBank. ►Directed the GSEs to develop uniform standards for data reporting on mortgage loans and appraisals and enhance loan-level disclosures on enterprise mortgage-backed securities (MBS). ►Directed the GSEs, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), to consider alternatives for future mortgage servicing compensation for their single-family mortgage loans. ►Implemented a servicing alignment initiative for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to produce a single, consistent set of protocols for servicing GSE mortgages. ►Solicited public ideas for sales, joint ventures, or other strategies to augment and enhance real estate-owned (REO) asset disposition programs of the GSEs and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).