On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 (Senate Bill 896). Among other things, the Act:
- extended the $250,000 deposit insurance limit through December 31, 2013;
- extended the length of time the FDIC has to restore the Deposit Insurance Fund from five to eight years;
- increased the FDIC’s borrowing authority with the Treasury Department from $30 billion to $100 billion;
- increased the SIGTARP’s authority vis-a-vis public-private investment funds under PPIP (including the implementation of conflict of interest requirements, quarterly reporting obligations, coordination with the TALF program); and
- removed the requirement, implemented by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the Treasury to liquidate warrants of companies that redeemed TARP Capital Purchase Program preferred investments. The Treasury is now permitted to liquidate such warrants at current market values, but is not required to do so.
This extension does not affect the Transaction Account Guarantee provided by the FDIC’s Temporary Liquidity Guarantee. The Transaction Account Guarantee, which provides an unlimited guarantee of funds held in noninterest bearing transaction accounts, is still scheduled to expire on December 31, 2009.