Federal Reserve Blackout Periods

Federal Reserve policy limits the extent to which FOMC participants and staff can speak publicly or grant interviews during Federal Reserve blackout periods, which begin the second Saturday preceding a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and end the Thursday following a meeting unless otherwise noted.

Blackout dates are as follows. 

2024 Federal Reserve Blackout Periods

  • January 20-February 1
  • March 9-21
  • April 20-May 2
  • June 1-13
  • July 20-August 1
  • September 7-19
  • October 26-November 8
  • December 7-19

Reference: FOMC Policies and Meeting Dates

FOMC Policy on External Communications of Committee Participants (PDF)

FOMC Policy on External Communications of Federal Reserve System Staff (PDF)

FOMC Meeting Dates

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