We often speak of the Federal Reserve or other institutions
as if they were autonomous actors. Of course, they are not.
The Fed is made up of people, working within an
organizational structure and with an institutional culture and
set of values. I am very proud of my colleagues at the Fed
for the hard work and creativity they have brought to bear in
addressing the financial and economic crisis, and I think we
and they have been well served by a culture that
emphasizes objective, expert analysis; professionalism;
dedication; and independence from political influence.
Whatever the Fed may have achieved in recent years
reflects the efforts of many people who are committed,
individually and collectively, to pursuing the public interest.
Ben S. Bernanke, Janeiro, 2014 in «The Federal Reserve:
Looking Back, Looking Forward» @ Federal Reserve speech