Mr. Dougherty recently authored an article calling for the OCC’s abolishment and merger into the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  After reviewing the history of the creation of the OCC and Federal Reserve Banks, we examine and debate Mr. Dougherty’s arguments in support of his position.  We also discuss and respond to Mr. Dougherty’s criticism of

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently issued and invited public comment on proposed guidelines to be used by Federal Reserve Banks to evaluate requests for master accounts and/or access to Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) financial services, in order to support a more “transparent and consistent” approach to such requests.

Access to

The Fed, FDIC, and OCC have issued a “Statement on Reference Rates for Loans” that addresses replacement rates for the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR).  LIBOR, which many creditors currently use as the index for calculating the interest rate on credit cards and other variable-rate consumer credit products, is expected to be discontinued

On November 10, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing, “Oversight of Financial Regulators.”

On November 12, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions during the Pandemic.”

The scheduled witnesses at both hearings are:

The CFPB, OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and NCUA have issued a proposed rule on the role of supervisory guidance.

In September 2018, the agencies issued an “Interagency Statement Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance.”  In response to the Statement, the agencies received a petition requesting a formal rulemaking on the subject.  The proposed

The Federal Reserve Board recently issued a Service Announcement setting forth the details of its FedNow Service, a new 24x7x365 interbank settlement service with clearing functionality to support instant payments in the United States.

The Fed announced its decision to develop the FedNow Service in a notice and request for comment issued in August 2019. 

Effective April 24, 2020, the Federal Reserve amended Regulation D to remove the six-per-month limit on transfers or withdrawals from the definition of a “savings deposit.”  The amendment is set forth in an interim final rule published in the Federal Register on April 28.  Comments on the interim final rule must be filed by June

The CFPB, OCC, FDIC, Federal Reserve, and NCUA have issued a joint statement “to specifically encourage” banks, savings associations, and credit unions “to offer responsible small-dollar loans to both consumers and small businesses” in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The statement builds on the March 19 statement issued jointly by the OCC, FDIC, and Federal

Last month, the Federal Reserve Board announced its plans to develop a real-time payments (RTP) service to be offered by the Federal Reserve Banks to directly support faster payments.

Three members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group with extensive experience negotiating complex payments transactions for some of the world’s largest retailers and financial institutions