GAO Glossary of Terms and Definitions (September 2005)

Federal Financing Bank (FFB)

A government corporation created by the Federal Financing Bank Act of 1973 under the general supervision of the Secretary of the Treasury. FFB was established to (1) finance federal and federally assisted borrowings in ways that least disrupt private markets, (2) coordinate such borrowing programs with the government’s overall fiscal policy, and (3) reduce the costs of such borrowing from the public.

FFB provides financial assistance to or on behalf of federal agencies by (1) making direct loans to federal agencies to help them fund their programs, (2) purchasing loan assets from federal agencies, and (3) making direct loans to nonfederal borrowers (including foreign governments) that are secured by federal agency guarantees against risk of default by borrowers on loan principal and interest payments. FFB obtains funds by borrowing from the Department of the Treasury. For more information, see

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Federal Credit Reform Act (FCRA)


Feeder Account