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Surprises in OCC's Examination Priorities for 2016? Careful Innovation, Cybersecurity, Criminal Avoidance, Nonbank FI Lending

Why it matters - Comptroller Thomas J. Curry underscored key 2016 supervisory concerns for his agency in a mid-December industry call discussing the OCC's latest Semiannual Risk Perspective report. His list includes the...more

OCC Identifies Safety and Soundness Risks to National Banks and Federal Savings Associations and Supervisory Priorities

A new report issued by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) identifies top safety and soundness risks to national banks and federal savings associations, as well as OCC supervisory priorities for the...more

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

Sleeping Giant? OCC Wakes Up to New Focus on Merchant Processing

Following hard on the heels of recent risk management actions taken by other federal agencies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a thoroughly updated booklet on Merchant Processing, which forms a...more

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final guidance (“Guidance”) on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to...more

FinCEN Joins The Enforcement Party

FinCEN’s new Enforcement Division, which was created in June of 2013, is already making its mark in the financial enforcement world. Federal regulators are focusing on compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and...more

OCC and FinCEN Take Enforcement Actions and Assess Civil Money Penalty Against Small Bank for BSA/AML Violations

The OCC entered into a consent order with a small, New Jersey-based bank with approximately $118 million in total assets for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”). The OCC assessed a civil money penalty (“CMP”)...more

Staying on Top of Risk: Latest OCC Risk Perspective Highlights Regulatory Concerns for All Banks

On June 18, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective highlighting current risks for national banks and federal savings associations. The report, available here, offers...more

AML Enforcement – A New Era Of Compliance

Last year was the year of Bank Secrecy, sanctions and anti-Money Laundering enforcement. The HSBC settlement sparked significant controversy over the claim by the Justice Department that HSBC and other banks are “too big to...more

Record Fines against HSBC for Repeated Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC Violations

Following on the heels of the $15 million settlement against First Bank of Delaware for significant Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering violations (as we reported on here), the Treasury Department and three federal...more

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