FDIC lacks ‘clear procedures’ for crypto-related risks, report says

The Office of the Inspector General made some recommendations to update the FDIC’s approach to crypto activities by supervised institutions


Mark Van Scyoc/Shutterstock modified by Blockworks


The Office of the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a report on the FDIC’s crypto risk strategies Wednesday. 

The Office of the Inspector General made two recommendations to the FDIC, including a process for supervising crypto activities at regulated institutions.

According to a press release, the OIG made the recommendations “based on evidence obtained during [their] evaluation.” It said “the FDIC’s lack of clear procedures causes uncertainty for supervised institutions in determining the appropriate actions to take.”

The OIG recommends that the FDIC needs to assess the potential risks of crypto because, without “effective guidance,” the FDIC or the institutions under its umbrella “may not take appropriate actions to address the most significant risks posed by crypto assets.”

“Specifically, the FDIC has not yet completed a risk assessment to determine whether the Agency can sufficiently address crypto asset-related risks through actions such as issuing guidance to supervised institutions,” the report said.

Further, the OIG warned that a lack of review process could make it seem as though the supervisory body is not being “supportive” of institutions currently engaging or planning to engage with crypto.

The FDIC agreed with the report’s recommendations and “plans to complete corrective actions for these recommendations” by the end of January.

The report also calls out crypto companies making “misrepresentations” about deposits being backed by the FDIC. As an example, it referred to an unnamed crypto company.

“In 2022, a cryptocurrency company filed for bankruptcy. This company had been misrepresenting to its customers for over a year that the funds it held for customers were insured by the FDIC,” the report said.

While there were a number of crypto companies that declared bankruptcy in 2022, the Federal Trade Commission most recently targeted bankrupt lender Voyager for its deceptive claims around FDIC insurance. 

The company was allegedly “well aware” that the deposits were not backed by the FDIC, according to a FTC suit.

Additionally, Binance updated its terms of service to say that accounts are “not eligible” for insurance protections after it said — in an email to customers and seen by Blockworks — that it had been given “guidance” by the FDIC.

Don’t miss the next big story – join our free daily newsletter.


Upcoming Events

Hilton Metropole | 225 Edgware Rd, London

MON - WED, MARCH 18 - 20, 2024

Crypto’s premier institutional conference returns to London in March 2024. The DAS: London Experience:  Attend expert-led panel discussions and fireside chats  Hear the latest developments regarding the crypto and digital asset regulatory environment directly from policymakers and experts   Grow your network […]

Salt Lake City, UT

WED - FRI, OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2024

Pack your bags, anon — we’re heading west! Join us in the beautiful Salt Lake City for the third installment of Permissionless. Come for the alpha, stay for the fresh air. Permissionless III promises unforgettable panels, killer networking opportunities, and mountains […]

recent research



Akash is a general-purpose compute platform with GPUs, storage, LLM training or inference, and validator hosting through its two-sided marketplace.


The SEC could allow half a dozen or more such funds to launch at once, Ark Invest CEO says


2023 saw a decline in a16z crypto funding, but the behemoth VC firm teased what it’s excited for next year


“Iran Unchained” launched a new version of its grant platform to make donations to activists easier


The stablecoin marks the first time a regulated European bank has made a euro-pegged stablecoin available on a crypto exchange


Build it and they will come, perhaps, but making crypto easier to use is turning out to be just as important


Amid moves by Itau Unibanco and Nubank, the country could serve as “a proof of concept” for TradFi-crypto integrations, industry research exec says