FDIC Chairman Andrew C. Hove, Jr. voiced strong support today for a 1993 law
requiring federal agencies to set long-term strategic goals and measure performance, telling
Congress the law applies sound business principles to government.
"I came to government from the private sector, where, as a manager for more than 30
years, I witnessed these principles in action," said Chairman Hove in testimony before the House
Committee on Banking and Financial Services. "They make organizations more effective and
Chairman Hove told the panel that the FDIC's efforts to measure performance against
established goals go back to the mid-1980s. However, following the banking crisis of the 1980s
and early 1990s, he said, the FDIC undertook a comprehensive review of its mission and
objectives. A strategic plan was developed in 1995 as a result of that effort.
The strategic plan emphasized the FDIC's increasing emphasis on identifying, monitoring
and addressing risk to the banking system. For example, a new Division of Insurance was
created with the specific goal of translating economic and market data into information that can
be used by examiners working in the field.
The strategic plan has also led to significant cost savings, Chairman Hove told the House
committee. Two corporate buyout programs, which helped ease the trauma of the agency's
downsizing effort, are projected to result in net savings of $133.1 million.
In 1996, the FDIC established its first business plan - now known as the Corporation's
Annual Performance Plan - to set out steps needed to achieve the goals and objectives of the
The FDIC Chairman told the panel that the agency has recently modified the format of its
planning and performance measurement initiatives to meet the requirements of the 1993
Government Performance and Results Act.
Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence
in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 11,337 banks and
savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying,
monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed.