WASHINGTON - Cracking down on institutions with mediocre management, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is forcing more than 300 banks and thrifts to pay more for its guarantee.

With bills for the second half of 2000 mailed last week, the agency said 318 institutions will pay more for deposit insurance, including 273 that had been getting it for free. That is offset in part by 201 banks and thrifts with lower bills, including 170 reduced to zero.

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