Should the Federal Reserve Be Doing the Nation’s Work with a Skeleton Crew?

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens , http://wallstreetonparade.com:

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors is supposed to have a roster of seven Governors. It currently has four. Equally alarming, it lists just two members serving on each of its eight committees. One Fed Board Governor, Lael Brainard, is listed as one of the two members on six of the eight committees, or 75 percent of all committees. Governor Jerome Powell sits on five of the eight committees, or 63 percent of all committees.

The Fed’s Committee on Supervision and Regulation consists of just Powell and Brainard. And yet, this is what the Fed’s 2015 Annual Report describes as the institutions the Fed supervises:

4,922 Bank Holding Companies

442 Domestic Financial Holding Companies

470 Savings and Loan Holding Companies

839 State Member Banks

154 Foreign Banks Operating in the U.S.

Along with other entities per the graph above.

There has long been the suspicion that the Fed has farmed out much of its work of supervising the largest and serially malfeasant Wall Street banks to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There has also long been the suspicion that the New York Fed has grown too cozy with the banks it oversees to do the job properly. (See related articles below.)