On September 7, 2016, US Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Esther George (Kansas City) and Dr. Jeffrey Lacker (Richmond) testified before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, in a hearing entitled “Federal Reserve Districts: Governance, Monetary Policy, and Economic Performance.” Addressing the appearance of conflicts of interest arising from the presence of bankers on Reserve Bank boards of directors, President George noted that the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. is ultimately responsible for bank supervision and that Reserve Bank directors do not participate of bank supervisory matters. President Lacker noted that Reserve Bank directors have no formal role in crafting banking regulations. Each president also addressed the structure of the Federal Reserve System in the context of the role played by monetary policy in the economy.

Details regarding the hearing are available at: http://financialservices.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400969