Today’s headlines reveal that the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States contributed its net income (PROFITS) of $47B to the Federal Government in 2009.  It is required to do so by law.  Those who go on the Chicago trip in May (or who read the article)  will learn that the Fed is a regular contributor to governmental coffers.   Furthermore, it’s not just seigniorage (for those of you in Econ 320.)