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In accordance with your request, transmitted through Mr# U s e r
on Saturday, March 25, I have given careful consideration to the question
whether the Federal Reserve Banks, with the consent of the Board of Governors
and the Federal Open Market Coaaaittee, could agree with the Treasury that,
if the rate on Treasury bills is raised from 3/8 of one per cent to 1/2 of
one per cent, the *ederal Reserve ^anks would credit against their fiscal
agency expenses any earnings derived from Treasury bills in excess of
3/3 of one per cent per annum*
The law is silent on this subject; but I know of no legal reason
why such an arrangement may not be entered into* If it is entered into voluntarily by the twelve Federal Reserve Banks with the consent of the Board
and the Federal Open Market Committee, I know of no one who would have a
right to object to it*
Under the very broad authority conferred upon the Secretary of
the Treasury by section 20(a) of the Second Liberty Bond Act, as amended
by the Act of March 28, 191+2, to prescribe the terms and conditions upon
which obligations of the Xftiited States may be offered for sale, the Secretary of the Treasury could issue a regulation providing that Treasury bills
may be held by the Federal Reserve Banks only on condition that they rebate to the Treasury all earnings derived from this source in excess of
3/8 of one per cent per annum, or in excess of any other rate which he may
Before any arrangement of this kind is suggested to the Treasury,
however, careful consideration should be given to the significance of the
precedent which this would establish and the extent to which the principle
involved might be extended at some time in the future*


General Counsel*