In our examination of two recent OCC BSA/AML consent orders, one with a bank and another with an individual in-house professional, we review the OCC’s allegations underlying the orders and how the OCC focuses on the core pillars of BSA/AML compliance when choosing to pursue enforcement.  We also discuss the takeaways for boards and management

On March 5, 2020, the OCC issued a revised set of FAQs designed to supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29 (Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance) issued on October 30, 2013.  The updated FAQs, issued via OCC Bulletin 2020-10, are intended to clarify the OCC’s existing third-party relationship guidance and reflect evolving industry trends.

The new bulletin

The OCC and FDIC announced yesterday that they have extended the 60-day comment period for their joint proposal to revise their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act that was published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2020.  As extended by 30 days, the comment period ends on April 8, 2020.

The California Reinvestment Coalition,

We are joined by Diego Zuluaga, a Cato Institute policy analyst, for a discussion of the proposed changes.  After reviewing the current regulatory framework, we examine the proposal’s new qualifying activities criteria and approach to “branchless banking” in determining assessment areas, respond to criticism of its approach to public projects, look at the small bank

The House Financial Services Committee has announced that it will hold the following hearings this month:

  • On January 14, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions will hold a hearing entitled, “The Community Reinvestment Act: Reviewing Who Wins and Who Loses with Comptroller Otting’s Proposal.”  (On January 29, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The OCC has appealed to the Second Circuit from the district court’s final judgment entered in October 2019 in the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services seeking to block the OCC’s issuance of special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to fintech companies.  In the final judgment, the district court denied the

The OCC and FDIC have issued a joint proposal to revise their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).  Although the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC, are the primary CRA regulators, the Fed did not join the proposal and presumably will issue a separate proposal.  Comments on the proposal are due by March 9, 2020.

The OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, NCUA and CFPB have issued an “Interagency Statement on the Use of Alternative Data in Credit Underwriting.”

The statement sets forth the agencies’ recognition of the benefits of using alternative data (AD) in credit decisions.  For purposes of the statement, AD means “information not typically found in