WASHINGTON -- Jack Ryan, the Resolution Trust Corp.'s acting chief executive officer, is telling lawmakers that his agency may need only $5 billion of the $18.3 billion that the administration spent much of its first year fighting for.

The RTC will still spend about $10 billion on resolutions before closing shop, Mr. Ryan has said. But about half that sum will come from money provided before last year's legislation, leaving only an additional $5 billion to be funded from the 1993 RTC Completion Act.

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