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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Division of Supervision

550 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20429

A Year 2000 Contingency Planning
May 7, 1999

Clarification of the FDIC’s Year 2000 Contingency Planning Policy


The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued the attached May 6,
1999, interagency statement clarifying expectations on testing Year 2000 business resumption
contingency plans, overall contingency planning documentation requirements, and "event


In FIL-135-98, issued December 11, 1998, the FDIC provided institutions a schedule for
completing contingency plans as described in the FFIEC’s May 1998 interagency statement
"Guidance Concerning Contingency Planning in Connection with Year 2000 Readiness."
The FIL established March 31, 1999, as the deadline for institutions to complete phase one
(organizational planning guidelines) and phase two (business impact analysis); and June 30,
1999, as the deadline for completing the business resumption contingency plan. After the FIL
was issued, many questions were raised about what constitutes a complete business
resumption contingency plan. The attached interagency statement addresses those questions.
FDIC examiners will review business resumption contingency plans for all FDIC-supervised
institutions at the field office level. Regional or field offices will contact each institution to request
plans and additional documentation. Institutions will soon receive mailing addresses, a
description of required documents, and the deadlines for submitting their contingency plans.


The FDIC and state banking authorities will continue to review the efforts of all FDIC-supervised
banks to become Year 2000 ready. An institution’s failure to appropriately address Year 2000
readiness issues may result in supervisory action, including enforcement actions, denials of
applications FILed pursuant to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, civil money penalties,
reductions in the institution’s management component or composite ratings, and increased riskrelated premiums.
Related information on Year 2000 issues is available on the Internet via the World Wide Web.
James L. Sexton

Attachment: FFIEC Interagency Statement
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institutions letters may be obtained through the FDIC’s
Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-2766003 or (703) 562-2200).