The Office of Thrift Supervision started 96% of its safety-and-soundness exams on time last year.

Despite the added burden of performing on-site year-2000 reviews at every thrift, the agency began 739 of its 773 statutorily required exams on time in 1998, said Scott M. Albinson, managing director for supervision. OTS did even better on its compliance exams, starting 467 of 478 on time.

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