Jelena McWilliams, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Company (FDIC), throughout a Senate Banking, Housing, and City Affairs Committee listening to in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.

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Jelena McWilliams, the top of the Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Corp and a holdover Trump appointee, mentioned Friday she intends to go away her place in early 2022.

In a surprise announcement, McWilliams mentioned she is resigning efficient Feb. 4.

The transfer provides President Joe Biden one other alternative to strengthen his hand over banking regulation. McWilliams has been with the FDIC since 2018 and not too long ago sparred with congressional Democrats over proposed adjustments to how the company handles financial institution mergers.

Democrats maintain a majority on the board already, and with Vice Chairman Martin Gruenberg now set to take over as appearing chair could have much more management there. Gruenberg has spoken out in opposition to the deregulatory actions taken over the previous a number of years on the Federal Reserve that also have drawn sharp criticism from firebrand Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

McWilliams didn’t state a purpose for her resignation, saying solely that it was a “great honor” to serve on the FDIC, the Fed and the Senate, the place she held quite a lot of roles together with chief counsel and deputy workers director for the higher chamber’s banking committee.

“All through my tenure, the company has centered on its elementary mission to keep up and instill confidence in our banking system whereas on the similar time selling innovation, strengthening monetary inclusion, enhancing transparency, and supporting group banks and minority depository establishments, together with by way of the creation of the Mission Pushed Financial institution Fund,” she mentioned in a press release.

“Right this moment, banks proceed to keep up sturdy capital and liquidity ranges to assist lending and shield in opposition to potential losses,” she added.

The transfer comes as Biden seems to fill one other key regulatory put up, the Fed’s vice chairman for supervision, who oversees the monetary system. Current reviews have indicated Biden is prone to nominate former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin for the place.