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Info Memos, Bookletters & Other Guidance

In addition to issuing regulations that govern how Farm Credit System institutions conduct their business, the Agency issues other forms of guidance, including FCA Board Policy Statements, FCA Bookletters, Informational Memorandums, and Legal Opinions.

FCA Board Policy Statements
Board policy statements express the broad policy goals and positions of the FCA Board. They are intended to provide guidance to a broad group, such as the FCS.

When a Board policy statement affects the interests of the general public, it must be published in the Federal Register, as required under the Freedom of Information Act.

Once adopted, a Board policy statement remains in effect unless amended, revoked, suspended, or altered by a subsequent Board action. The FCA Board Policy Statements database provides the text of all Board policy statements that are currently in effect.

FCA Bookletters
Bookletters are documents issued by an Agency official that communicate FCA’s legal interpretations and the Agency’s position on specific issues. The FCA Bookletters database contains all bookletters issued since December 1985.

Informational Memorandums
Informational Memorandums (Info Memos) are informal FCA communications addressed to all FCS institutions. They do not require FCA Board review and prior approval before distribution and may be effective only for a short time.

An Info Memo generally serves one of the following purposes:

The Informational Memorandums database contains Info Memos dating back more than 10 years.

Legal Opinions
FCS institutions sometimes contact FCA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) with questions about how a statute, a regulation, or some other guidance the Agency issued applies to a specific situation. The OGC responds by drafting a legal opinion.

From time to time, the OGC selects legal opinions of general interest and posts condensed summaries on a database linked to the FCA Web site. (See the Summaries of Selected Legal Opinions database.) When you are reviewing these summaries, please be aware that different facts or subsequent changes in law and policy can produce different conclusions.