GAO Flags Need for Continued Improvements in Ex-Im Risk Management

GAO-13-303, Mar 28, 2013

From fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Export-Import Bank's (Ex-Im) outstanding financial commitments (exposure) grew from about $59 billion to about $107 billion, largely in long-term loans and guarantees. Factors associated with this growth include reduced private-sector financing following the financial crisis and Ex-Im's authorization of direct loans--a product not offered by export credit agencies in some other countries--to fill the gap in private-sector lending... Ex-Im's processes for determining credit subsidy costs, loss reserves and allowances, and fees account for multiple risks... . Opportunities exist to further improve the model.

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