WASHINGTON — For the past two years, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has maintained a consistent crisis-response posture — bulking up its manpower, swooping in to resolve failed institutions and standing behind their depositors.

But the FDIC will undoubtedly need to pivot in a new direction in 2011. With failures slowing, an agency that has been in constant overdrive will face a fresh set of challenges as it begins to apply the brakes.

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