Introduction

The Financial Statistics and Structure Analysis department collects and analyzes mandatory and voluntary reports used by the Federal Reserve System in determining monetary policy and in supervising and regulating the financial services industry. Our analysts review the reported data to ensure its quality and contact institutions to clarify atypical data. The Financial Statistics and Structure Analysis department also provides guidance to institutions regarding reporting requirements and definitions of data items.

Data users include the Federal Open Market Committee, Banking Supervision and Regulation, Board of Governors and Reserve Bank economists, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Agriculture. Much of the data is also made available to the general public, economists, researchers, the media, and consumer groups.