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PDPC Report to the Legislature

Reports intended to provide an accounting of the issues and actions taken by the PDPC and the Office of the State Treasurer to protect public deposits.

Recent Rulemaking

The 2009 Washington State Legislature recently passed SHB 2061. The Office of the State Treasurer has initiated rule-making to amend and update the procedures followed by financial institutions that hold public funds in accordance with the Public Deposit Protection Act, as amended by Chapter 9, Laws of 2009.

New Rules adopted on July 23, 2009 take effect on August 23, 2009

Learn more about PDPC Rulemaking Activity

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Questions?

Please contact Nancy Adams, PDPC Administrator at 360.902.9077

Public Deposit Protection Commission (PDPC)

The Public Deposit Protection Commission (PDPC) is comprised of the State Treasurer, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor. The PDPC makes and enforces regulations and administers a program to ensure public funds deposited in banks and thrifts are protected if a financial institution becomes insolvent.

The PDPC approves which banks and thrifts can hold state and local government deposits and monitors collateral pledged to secure uninsured public deposits. This secures public treasurers' deposits when they exceed the amount insured by the FDIC by requiring banks and thrifts to pledge securities as collateral. It also minimizes participating depositaries' liability for defaulting institutions. No public funds on deposit in public depositaries have been lost since the Public Deposit Protection Act was created in 1969.

Under state law, the Commission can request a public depositary to furnish information on its financial condition, public deposits, and on the exact status of its net worth. The Commission is empowered to take any action deemed advisable for the protection of public funds and to establish procedures for collection or settlement of claims arising from the failure of a public depositary.

Each depositary reports monthly and quarterly to the Commission on the amount of its insured and uninsured public deposits, the amount of securities pledged, as well as other financial information. Those depositaries with excess deposits or that do not meet minimum financial standards set by the Commission must monitor public deposits on a daily basis and maintain adequate collateral accordingly.

Under the Act, all public treasurers and other custodians of public funds are relieved of the responsibility of executing tri-party agreements, reviewing pledged securities, and authorizing additions, withdrawals, and exchanges of collateral. Similarly, financial institutions no longer need to review the status of each public fund balance and the collateral pledged under numerous tri-party agreements.

Adding to its current safeguards, recent reforms undertaken by Treasurer McIntire and adopted by the Commission and the Legislature reduce the risk that a failed bank could trigger an assessment on the collateral pool to recover uninsured public deposits. These new rules, policies and practices strengthen protections on public deposits and reduce the liabilities for participating banks and thrifts by helping make the banking system stronger, public deposits safer, and promoting economic recovery.

Currently, nearly 100 public depositaries and 44 out-of-state/alien bank accounts are authorized by the Public Deposit Protection Commission.