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The Federal Reserve Board has rejected a request by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a public review of the central bank’s structure and governance..Some top central bank officials, after agreeing to the review, saw a potential threat to Fed independence after the Treasury released the proposal..U.S. lawmakers have also called for a review of the Fed’s power and structure, saying Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke overstepped his authority as he bailed out creditors of Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc. while battling a crisis that led to $1.62 trillion in writed
“Allowing local bankers to play a leading role in selecting reserve bank presidents is the most worrying aspect of the current system,” Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP LLC, wrote to clients in July.
District bank presidents are nominated by committees made up of people whose institutions the nominees may have supervised.
“The conflicts of interest inherent in the current system are glaring,” Crandall said.