Operating Policy

Statement Regarding Sale of Treasury Bills from System Open Market Account

March 7, 2008

On Friday, March 7, 2008, the Federal Reserve’s System Open Market Account will sell $10 billion of Treasury bill holdings for settlement on Monday, March 10. This action is being conducted by the Federal Reserve Open Market Trading Desk (the “Desk”) in conjunction with the series of term RP transactions announced earlier today in order to maintain a level of reserves consistent with trading at rates around the operating objective for the overnight federal funds rate.

The Desk will continue to evaluate the need for the use of other tools to add flexibility to its open market operations. These may include further Treasury bill sales, reverse repurchase agreements, Treasury bill redemptions and changes in the sizes of conventional RP transactions.