OCC Proposes Final Revisions to Stress Test Information Collection

On February 2, the OCC requested comment on proposed revisions to an existing information collection entitled “Company-Run Annual Stress Test Reporting Template and Documentation for Covered Institutions with Total Consolidated Assets of $50 Billion or More Under the [Dodd-Frank Act].” The agency is also giving notice that it has sent the collection to the OMB for review. This information collection is related to the conduct of annual stress tests that the Dodd-Frank Act requires of certain financial companies, including national banks and federal savings associations. Comments on the current notice must be received by March 6, 2017.

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OCC, FDIC, and Fed Release Stress Test Scenarios for 2017

On February 3, the Fed announced the release of the “Supervisory Scenarios” to be used by banks and supervisors for the 2017 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and Dodd-Frank Act stress test exercises and also issued instructions to firms participating in CCAR. The Fed also published three letters that provide additional information on its stress-testing program. The three letters describe: (i) the Horizontal Capital Review for large, noncomplex companies; (ii) the CCAR qualitative assessment for U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banks, which are submitting capital plans for the first time; and (iii) improvements to how the Fed will estimate post-stress capital ratios.

On February 3, the OCC similarly released economic and financial market scenarios for 2017 that are to be used by national banks and federal savings associations (with total consolidated assets of more than $10 billion) in their annual Dodd-Frank Act-mandated stress test. On February 6, the FDIC released its stress test scenarios, working in consultation with the Fed and OCC.

The three sets of supervisory scenarios provide each agency with forward-looking information for use in bank supervision and will assist the agencies in assessing the covered institutions’ risk profile and capital adequacy.

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OCC Supplements Exam Procedures Covering “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance”

On January 24, the OCC released Bulletin 2017-7 advising national banks, federal savings associations and technology service providers of examination procedures issued to supplement Bulletin 2013-29, “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance,” issued October 30, 2013. As previously summarized in BuckleySandler’s Special Alert, Bulletin 2013-29 requires banks and federal savings associations (collectively “banks”) to provide comprehensive oversight of third parties, and warns that failure to have in place an effective risk management process commensurate with the risk and complexity of a bank’s third-party relationships “may be an unsafe and unsound banking practice.” Bulletin 2013-29 outlined a “life cycle” approach and provided detailed descriptions of steps that a bank should consider taking at five important stages of third-party relationships: (i) planning; (ii) due diligence and third party selection; (iii) contract negotiation; (iv) ongoing monitoring; and (v) termination. Following the OCC’s issuance of Bulletin 2013-29, the Federal Reserve Board, on December 5, 2013, issued Supervision and Regulation Letter 13-19, which details and attaches the Fed’s Guidance on Managing Outsourcing Risk (SR 13-19). The FRB Guidance is substantially similar to Bulletin 2013-29.

Bulletin 2017-7 outlines procedures designed to help prudential bank examiners: (i) tailor supervisory examinations of each bank commensurate with the level of risk and complexity of the bank’s third-party relationships; (ii) assess the quantity of the bank’s risk associated with its third-party relationships; (iii) assess the quality of the bank’s risk management of third-party relationships involving critical activities; and (iv) determine whether there is an effective risk management process throughout the life cycle of the third-party relationship. Consistent with the life cycle approach established in Bulletin 2013-29, the examination procedures identify steps examiners should take in requesting information relevant to assessing the banks’ third-party relationship risk management relative to each phase of the life cycle.

For additional background, please see our Spotlight Series: Vendor Management in 2015 and Beyond.

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Prudential Regulators Fine Mortgage Company Over “Significant Deficiencies” in Foreclosure-Related Services

On January 24, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency filed an amended Consent Order fining a foreclosure services provider $65 million for “improper actions” conducted by the company’s predecessor. The fine replaces all obligations to complete the “Document Execution Review” required in the original 2011 consent order between the same agencies and the servicer’s predecessor.  In the 2011 order, the agencies claimed, among other things, that the predecessor company’s actions resulted in significant deficiencies in the foreclosure-related services it provided to mortgage servicers.

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OCC Announces Launch of New Central Application Tracking System (CATS)

On January 17, the OCC launched the first phase of its Central Application Tracking System (CATS), a new web-based system for banks to file licensing and public welfare investment applications and notices. CATS provides a secure, electronic system through which authorized national banks, federal savings associations, federal branches, and banking agencies may draft, submit, and track their licensing and public welfare investment applications and notices. CATS will replace the existing e-Corp and CD-1 Invest application tools. As explained in OCC Bulletin 2016-37, the new program is being launched in three phases to help banks transition from the existing tools. The second and third phases of the CATS rollout are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017. When ready, CATS will be accessible through BankNet, the secure portal for OCC-regulated banks.

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