Friday, April 3, 2015

Senator Bob Corker Wants To Stop Audit the Fed

Senator Bob Corker Wants To Stop Audit the Fed


Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) could be one of the biggest obstacles to passing audit the Fed in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senator Corker has been an outspoken opponent of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.

Corker recently said: “People say this, audit the Fed, and I don’t think they really realize the Fed is audited and what this is really about is Congress getting involved in monetary policy.”

However, that’s not the case.

The Federal Reserve is not fully audited. The audits that Corker is referring to are very limited in scope and not enough. Auditors at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) are only allowed to look at the Fed’s financial statements—not the Fed’s monetary policy operations.

According to Campaign for Liberty, auditors are prohibited from law from looking at:

transactions conducted on behalf of or with foreign central banks, foreign governments, and nonprivate international financing organizations

deliberations, decisions, and actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations

transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee including transactions of the Federal Reserve System Open Market Account; and

those portions of oral, written, telegraphic, or telephonic discussions and communications among or between Members of the Board of Governors, and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System which deal with topics listed in subparagraphs

That means that the most important decisions at the Fed that affect the American people are decided behind closed doors.

It’s also disingenuous to say that this is really about Congress getting involved in monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Transparency Act would merely eliminate the current audit restrictions placed on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and require a full and thorough audit of the Federal Reserve.