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Blackout Periods

Per Federal Reserve policy, staff must observe a blackout period on monetary policy communications around each regularly scheduled Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The blackout period begins at midnight of the second Saturday (Eastern Time) before the FOMC meeting and ends at midnight (Eastern Time) the Thursday after the meeting. Please note upcoming blackout dates when making requests for public speaking events or interviews.

Blackout dates for 2017 are as follows:

Jan. 24-Feb. 2
March 4-16
April 22-May 4
June 3-15
July 15-27
Sept. 9-21
Oct. 21-Nov. 2
Dec. 2-14

Blackout dates for 2018 are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Jan. 20-Feb. 1
March 10-22
April 21-May 3
June 2-14
July 21-Aug. 2
Sept. 15-27
Oct. 27 – Nov. 9
Dec. 8-20

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  • Last update: July 10, 2017