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Financial Institutions: Penalty and Settlement Payments for Mortgage-Related Violations in Selected Cases
GAO-17-11R: Published: Nov 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2016.
GAO reviewed nine selected cases involving alleged mortgage-related violations—violations related to mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, and the packaging or sale of residential mortgage-backed securities—finalized from February 2012 through April 2016. GAO found that the eight federal agencies that played key roles in these cases—the Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Ur...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: New Effort to Wind Down the Community Development Capital Initiative
GAO-17-96: Published: Nov 4, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2016.
As of September 30, 2016, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had approximately $420 million, or 75 percent, of the original Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI) investment of $570 million, outstanding. Of the original 84 participating institutions, 55 remained. Treasury has received about $144 million in principal repayments and about $61 million in dividend and interest payments...
Federal Reserve: Observations on Regulation D and the Use of Reserve Requirements
GAO-17-117: Published: Oct 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2016.
The methods by which depository institutions can implement Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) include maintaining reserves against transaction accounts and enforcing a numeric transfer and withdrawal (transaction) limit for savings deposits if they wish to avoid classifying those accounts as reservable transaction accounts. GAO estimates that 70–78 percent of deposito...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Management Has Enhanced Supervisory Controls and Could Further Improve Efficiency
GAO-17-16: Published: Oct 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2016.
As of the end of fiscal year 2015, the internal supervisory control framework of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reflected key components of federal internal control, including identifying and assessing risks; designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating controls; and reporting the results. Internal supervisory controls are management processes to help ensure that procedures ap...
Payment Services: Federal Reserve's Competition with Other Providers Benefits Customers, but Additional Reviews Could Increase Assurance of Cost Accuracy
GAO-16-614: Published: Aug 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2016.
The Federal Reserve Banks are authorized to provide payment services—such as check clearing and wire transfers—to ensure continuous and equitable access to all institutions. The Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (Monetary Control Act) requires the Federal Reserve to establish prices for its payment services on the basis of the costs incurred in providing the...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations
GAO-16-831: Published: Sep 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2016.
As of August 2016, GAO's performance audits of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) activities have resulted in 74 recommendations to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Treasury has implemented 62 of the 74 recommendations, some of which were aimed at improving the transparency and internal controls of TARP. Five recommendations remain open, all pertaining to the Making Home Affordable...
SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups
GAO-16-805: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016.
As a result of country-of-origin inquiries, an estimated 19 percent more companies that filed a specialized disclosure form (Form SD) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that they knew or had reason to believe they knew the source of the conflict minerals in their products in 2015 than in 2014, based on a generalizable sample of filings GAO reviewed. However, after an estima...
Mortgage Servicing: Community Lenders Remain Active under New Rules, but CFPB Needs More Complete Plans for Reviewing Rules
GAO-16-448: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2016.
Community banks and credit unions (community lenders) remained active in servicing mortgage loans under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new mortgage-servicing rules. Among other things, these rules are intended to provide more information to consumers about their loan obligations. The share of mortgages serviced by community lenders in 2015—about 13 percent—remained small com...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Most Community Development Capital Initiative Investments Remain Outstanding
GAO-16-626: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016.
As of March 31, 2016, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had approximately 76 percent of the original Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI) investment outstanding and 57 institutions remained. Treasury's total investment was about $570 million. Treasury received about $136 million in principal repayments and had written off about $7 million. The program's outstanding investment ba...
Information Security: FDIC Implemented Controls over Financial Systems, but Further Improvements are Needed
GAO-16-605: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has implemented numerous information security controls intended to protect its key financial systems; however, weaknesses remain that place the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial systems and information at risk. During calendar year 2015, the corporation continued to devote attention to securing its financial information and s...