On January 6, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the end of its Mortgage Operations Counterparty Pilot Program on December 31, 2015. The program, first announced in August 2014, was intended to discover ways to expand the range of firms acting as counterparties in the Federal Reserve’s open market operations, and to analyze the extent to which firms beyond the primary dealer community can raise the New York Fed’s operational capacity and resiliency in its monetary policy operations. Three firms participated in the MOC pilot program and began transacting with the Open Market Trading Desk in secondary market outright operations of agency mortgage-backed securities in December 2014. The results of the pilot programs will provide useful inputs in the Desk’s ongoing evaluations of the Federal Reserve’s counterparty framework.

The New York Fed press release is available at: https://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/news/markets/2016/an160106.