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"FDIC Financial Education Curriculum"

SUBJECT: Money Smart - FDIC's Financial Education Curriculum

RELEASE: July 2001
CONTACT: Paul S. Richard, ICFE Executive Director

San Diego, CA.

John Kotsiras
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Subject: FIL-58-2001 FDIC Financial Education Curriculum

July 2, 2001


SUBJECT: Money Smart - FDIC's Financial Education Curriculum

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a joint initiative on January 19, 2001, called Money Smart to help banks and One Stop Career Centers deliver financial education in their communities. The Money Smart curriculum has been completed and is now available to banks and One Stop Centers free of charge.

One Stop Centers provide a wide array of federal, state and local employment-related services, including Welfare-to-Work and Workforce Investment Act programs, in a single neighborhood location. More than 800 One Stop Centers are in operation in rural and urban areas across the country.

A brochure describing the Money Smart program is enclosed and can be found on the FDIC Web site at www.fdic.gov . If you would like to order a copy of the curriculum, please complete the order form attached to the brochure and mail or fax it to us. Once you have used the curriculum and determined that it meets your training needs, you may order additional copies. You may also make your own copies of the material.

The Money Smart training modules can be easily reproduced and have no copyright restrictions.
If your institution is interested in working with a local One Stop Center to provide financial education, contact your FDIC or DOL regional office (see reverse page for DOL regional contacts). You can also
identify local One Stop Centers through DOL's Web site at www.doleta.gov or www.servicelocator.org

We hope that you will find the Money Smart program a useful tool in delivering financial products and services in your community.

Stephen M. Cross
Enclosure: Available from the FDIC's Web site at
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center,

801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434
(800-276-6003 or 202-416-6940).

Regional Contacts
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

Boston (Region 1)
Robert Downing
JFK Federal Building, Room E-350
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-2251

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont New York (Region 1)

Sarah Kim
201 Varick Street, Room 755
New York, NY 10014
(212) 337-2175

New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Philadelphia (Region 2)

Richard Chavez
170 S. Independence Mall West
Suite 825 East
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3315
(215) 861-5292

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, W. Virginia Atlanta (Region 3)
Latifah Johnson
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Room 6M12
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 562-2109

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee Dallas (Region 4)
Felicia Blair
Federal Building, Room 317
525 Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 767-2154

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Denver (Region 4)

Jovita Martinez
1999 Broadway Street, Suite 1780
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 844-1576

Colorado, Montana, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Utah, Wyoming Chicago (Region 5)

Nancy Williams
230 S. Dearborn Street, Room 628
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 353-3321

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin Kansas City (Region 5)

Tom Wilson
1100 Main Street, Suite 1050
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 426-3796

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska San Francisco (Region 6)

Deirdre Miles-Briscoe
P.O. Box 193767
71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94119-3767
(415) 975-4640

Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam Seattle (Region 6)

Barry Bridge
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101-3212
(206) 553-5642

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton - creator of the "certified financial planner” (CFP) designation - is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. The years between 1984 and 2000, the ICFE was also known as the National Center for Financial Education (NCFE).

The ICFE is a nonprofit consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. Over one million "Credit / Debit Card Warning Labels” and "Credit / Debit Card Sleeves” are in circulation world wide.

The ICFE's on-line help for consumers who spend too much was featured in PARADE Magazine (June 9th, 2002) in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the "Money Instruction Book," a course in personal finance, which was completely revised and updated in 2002 and is positioned to become among the premier programs in the new bankruptcy and debtor education initiatives.

The ICFE's "Do-It-Yourself Credit File Correction Guide," now in its Twelfth Printing, is in use by thousands of consumer credit and debt counselors in addition to tens of thousands of consumers. It received a "buy” rating in July, August and November from nationally syndicated financial columnist, Humberto Cruz in his column, "The Savings Game". BottomLine Personal newsletter gave the Guide a "Send For” rating in September 2001. The ICFE and our do-it-yourself approach to credit file correction was featured on NBC Nightly News on 04-30-02. The Spanish edition of the Guide premiered in January 2002. Syndicated columnist, Robert Heady also gave the ICFE Guide a "buy” rating.

The ICFE Web site at: www.financial-education-icfe.org helps consumers with mending spending, learn about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also access financial education courses and videos and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include a free eNews, and an on-line resource center of financial education learning tools, including videos, books and personal finance courses.

Consumers may learn more on the Internet about the "Do-It-Yourself Credit File Correction Guide" here, or fill out our request form, indicating your areas of interest.

For more information contact Paul S. Richard ICFE Executive Director at 619-239-1401.

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