OCC first regulator to recommit to on-site exams


After three months of supervising national banks remotely, examiners will soon resume visiting them in person and working in regional offices, says acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks.


We'll be back: OCC examiners are more effective on-site


The acting head of the agency says it cannot continue relying on web-based exams put in place during the coronavirus and will start sending staff into banks.


Refi throttling, PPP fraud, employee monitoring: Top stories of the week


Mortgage lenders impose steep pricing adjustments for cash-out refinancing; bankers fear massive borrower fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program; some worry the coronavirus is giving banks an excuse to spy on employees; and more from this week's most-read stories.


Will coronavirus hasten arrival of fully remote bank exams?


Federal regulators are now conducting nearly all supervision off-site as a result of the pandemic. The temporary measures are stoking a debate about whether they should be permanent.


Fed to suspend exams for banks under $100B


The central bank will prioritize monitoring and outreach while reducing examination activity due to the coronavirus pandemic until at least the end of April.


Regulators pledge assistance to banks affected by coronavirus


State and federal officials committed to providing “appropriate regulatory assistance” to banks whose customers may be hurt by the coronavirus outbreak and said prudent measures would not be subject to criticism by examiners.


Credit unions push NCUA for exam parity with small banks


The Credit Union National Association believes the NCUA has not moved quickly enough to grant an 18-month exam cycle to credit unions with $3 billion or less in assets.


New federal rules allow more banks to benefit from longer exam cycle


Before the passage of the recent regulatory relief law, only banks with assets of less than $1 billion were on an 18-month exam schedule.


New OCC head scraps plan to move big bank examiners off-site


The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is eliminating a plan designed to ensure its examiners did not get too close to the big banks they supervise.


Boards should scrutinize managers, not hold their hands


A Federal Reserve proposal acknowledges that good board governance results from directors being credible overseers of strategy instead of a redundant form of management.