Banking law (31 - 40 of 94 items)
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Defaults and Foreclosures on Home Mortgages
GAO-09-231T: Published: Dec 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2008.
A dramatic increase in mortgage loan defaults and foreclosures is one of the key contributing factors to the current downturn in the U.S. financial markets and economy. In response, Congress passed and the President signed in July the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and in October the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), which established the Office of Financial Stability...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Additional Actions Needed to Better Ensure Integrity, Accountability, and Transparency
GAO-09-161: Published: Dec 2, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2008.
On October 3, 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act was signed into law. The act established the Office of Financial Stability (OFS) within the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and authorized the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Every 60 days, the U.S. Comptroller General is required to report on a variety of areas associated with oversight of TARP. This report reviews (1) the a...
Check 21 Act: Questions for Consumers about Check 21 Act (GAO-09-9SP, October 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-09-8
GAO-09-9SP: Published: Oct 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2008.
This product lists the questions asked and a summary of the answers given in a GAO-administered in-depth interview study with 108 bank checking account customers. These structured interviews were conducted to assess consumer acceptance of the check truncation process resulting from The Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act of 2003 (Check 21), one of the objectives of GAO's report on the Act's ef...
Risk-Based Capital: New Basel II Rules Reduced Certain Competitive Concerns, but Bank Regulators Should Address Remaining Uncertainties
GAO-08-953: Published: Sep 12, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2008.
Basel II, the new risk-based capital framework based on an international accord, is being adopted by individual countries. It includes standardized and advanced approaches to estimating capital requirements. In the United States, bank regulators have finalized an advanced approaches rule that will be required for some of the largest, most internationally active banks (core banks) and proposed an o...
Information Security: FDIC Sustains Progress but Needs to Improve Configuration Management of Key Financial Systems
GAO-08-564: Published: May 30, 2008. Publicly Released: May 30, 2008.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has a demanding responsibility enforcing banking laws, regulating financial institutions, and protecting depositors. Effective information security controls are essential to ensure that FDIC systems and information are adequately protected from inadvertent misuse, fraudulent, or improper disclosure. As part of its audit of FDIC's 2007 financial stat...
Bank Secrecy Act: Increased Use of Exemption Provisions Could Reduce Currency Transaction Reporting While Maintaining Usefulness to Law Enforcement Efforts
GAO-08-355: Published: Feb 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 2008.
To aid law enforcement efforts against financial crimes, under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) depository institutions must file the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) currency transaction report (CTR) form on their customers' cash transactions of more than $10,000. While FinCEN's regulations allow institutions to exempt certain customers, over 15 million CTRs were fi...
Bank Secrecy Act: Surveys of Financial Institutions and CTR Users (GAO-08-385SP, February 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-355
GAO-08-385SP: Published: Feb 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 2008.
This product lists the questions asked and the summary results from two GAO sample surveys: one of U.S. depository institutions filing at least 120 Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) in 2006, and another of all state and local law enforcement agencies authorized to access CTR data through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) Gateway Program as of May 2007. The Web-based survey of co...
Financial Regulation: Industry Trends Continue to Challenge the Federal Regulatory Structure
GAO-08-32: Published: Oct 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2007.
As the financial services industry has become increasingly concentrated in a number of large, internationally active firms offering an array of products and services, the adequacy of the U.S. financial regulatory system has been questioned. GAO has identified the need to modernize the financial regulatory system as a challenge to be addressed in the 21st century. This report, mandated by the Finan...
Information on Selected Issues Concerning Banking Activities
GAO-07-593R: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: May 30, 2007.
This letter responds to Congress's request for information on (1) selected federal expenditures, policies, and programs that affect the U.S. banking industry and (2) certain banking industry trends. These include the savings and loan industry crisis, trade finance, tax policies, and profits and executive compensation. Congress's letter also asked us for information on bank fees; as agreed with Con...
Deposit Insurance: Assessment of Regulators' Use of Prompt Corrective Action Provisions and FDIC's New Deposit Insurance System
GAO-07-242: Published: Feb 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2007.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Conforming Amendments Act of 2005 required GAO to report on the federal banking regulators' administration of the prompt corrective action (PCA) program under section 38 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA). Congress created section 38 as well as section 39, which required regulators to prescribe safety and soundness standards related to noncapital crite...