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The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) proposed guidance to help insured depository institutions improve their disclosure to customers with overdraft protection accounts ( www.fdic.gov/news ). The proposal explains how banks can reduce their credit and reputational risk by educating customers to use such accounts more effectively. Comments are due August 6, 2004. The council ( www.ffiec.gov ) comprises the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision.