Research, monetary policy
- Fed policy actions in 2011 included implementing a second round of quantitative easing (QE2), launching "Operation Twist," announcing that it was keeping the fed funds rate at 0 percent to 0.25 percent through mid-2013, maintaining the size of its balance sheet.
- The Atlanta Fed built and launched the Inflation Dashboard and the Business Inflation Expectations survey. Inflation was a significant research focus in 2011.
- The Regional Economic Information Network continued to expand grassroots information gathering. In particular, regional executives established relationships with leaders of the top 50 employers in their zones and began regular roundtable meetings with bankers.
- The Federal Reserve Board selected the Atlanta and Cleveland Feds to lead the State and Local Government Financial Monitoring Team (Muni-FMT) for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. The Muni-FMT identifies trends in state and local fiscal conditions, borrowing, and pensions that could destabilize the financial system.
- The Atlanta Census Research Data Center (U.S. Census Bureau entity), one of only 10 in the country, opened at the Atlanta Fed.
- The Atlanta Fed held eight major policy/research conferences exploring timely topics including entrepreneurship during recovery, employment and education, innovation, the new financial landscape, and green development and finance.