The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued new guidance on authentication and access titled, “Authentication and Access to Financial Institution Services and Systems” (Guidance.)  The Guidance is intended to provide financial institutions with examples of effective risk management principles and practices for access and authentication.

The Guidance contains risk management principles and practices that can support a financial institution’s authentication of (1) users accessing the financial institution’s information systems, including employees, board members, third parties, service accounts, application, and devices (collectively, users) and (2) business and consumer customers (collectively, customers) authorized to access digital banking services.  … Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently issued the 2021 edition of A Guide to HMDA Reporting (Guide). The Guide addresses the collection and reporting of residential mortgage loan application data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) for calendar year 2021.

The Guide reflects the changes to the HMDA reporting thresholds that the CFPB adopted in April of 2020.… Continue Reading

Topics discussed include how the banking regulators and FinCEN will approach the decision whether to take enforcement action against a financial institution (including what BSA/AML program failures typically would (or would not) result in cease and desist orders), how the regulators’ statement differs from 2007 guidance, how the enforcement statements relate to recent updates to the BSA/AML examination manual, suggested practices for reducing compliance risk for  institutions and individuals, and the Presidential election’s potential impact on BSA/AML enforcement.… Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) announced that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger became the Chairman of the FFIEC on April 1, 2019.  Ms. Kraninger is the first CFPB Director to serve as FFIEC Chairman.  Her two-year term runs until March 31, 2021.

The FFIEC chairmanship rotates among the FFIEC’s federal members for two-year terms in the following order: OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, CFPB, and NCUA. … Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)—the interagency body tasked with setting uniform principles and standards for the examination of financial institutions by federal regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—has adopted a Policy Statement designed to streamline the information presented in examination reports (“ROE”). While the agencies represented by the FFIEC will make any individual adjustments deemed necessary for their existing ROE guidance, financial institutions should be aware of the new format outlined in the Policy Statement which sets forth minimum expectations for what should be included in all ROEs.… Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has just issued an updated version of The Guide to HMDA Reporting: Getting It Right!

The Guide reflects the extensive changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules that were adopted in October 2015 and became effective January 1, 2018.  Until now, the most recent version of the Guide was the April 2013 edition.… Continue Reading

As expected, the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) member agencies issued new data resubmission guidelines under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) effective for the 2018 data collection year.  The change coincides with the substantial expansion of the HMDA data reporting fields that is effective January 1, 2018.

When examining an institution’s HMDA Loan Application Register (LAR), regulators will assess if the correction and resubmission of any data is required based on a review of a sample of reported loans. … Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), whose members include the CFPB, has finalized guidance setting forth a revised uniform interagency consumer compliance rating system (CCRS).  The revisions reflect changes in consumer compliance supervision since the current rating system was adopted in 1980.  The other FFIEC members are the Fed, FDIC, NCUA, OCC, and State Liaison Committee. … Continue Reading

On September 30, the CFPB released updated examination procedures for Military Lending Act (MLA) compliance. Compliance with the final rule amending the MLA, issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) in July 2015, was required for creditors of most consumer credit products as of this past Monday, October 3. The final rule applies to all consumer credit transactions or accounts for consumer credit “consummated or established” on or after October 3, 2016.… Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), whose members include the CFPB, is proposing a new uniform interagency consumer compliance rating system to reflect changes in consumer compliance supervision since the current rating system was adopted in 1980.  The other FFIEC members are the Fed, FDIC, NCUA, OCC and State Liaison Committee. … Continue Reading