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Revenue Collections and Payments: Treasury Has Used Financial Agents in Evolving Ways but Could Improve Transparency
GAO-17-176: Published: Jan 25, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2017.
The Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) use of financial agents has evolved as it has moved from paper to electronic transactions in response to changes in technology and new laws. Treasury has a long history of using financial agents to support its core functions of disbursing payments and collecting revenue. Since the 1980s, Treasury has used agents to move from paper to electronic transacti...
Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2016 and 2015 Financial Statements
GAO-17-299R: Published: Feb 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2017.
GAO found (1) the financial statements of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) and of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) Resolution Fund (FRF) as of and for the years ended December 31, 2016, and 2015, are fairly presented, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) although internal controls could be improved, the Federal De...
Federal Reserve: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure the Achievement of Stress Test Goals
GAO-17-48: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) has two related supervisory programs that involve stress testing but serve different purposes. Stress tests are hypothetical exercises that assess the potential impact of economic, financial, or other scenarios on the financial performance of a company. Stress tests of banking institutions typically evaluate if the institutions...
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...
Financial Institutions: Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures for Violations of Financial Crimes and Sanctions Requirements
GAO-16-297: Published: Mar 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2016.
Since 2009, financial institutions have been assessed about $12 billion in fines, penalties, and forfeitures for violations of Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money- laundering regulations (BSA/AML), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA), and U.S. sanctions programs requirements by the federal government. Specifically, GAO found that from January 2009 to December 2015, federal agencies assessed about...
Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened [Reissued on April 14, 2016]
GAO-16-278: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016.
The share of home mortgages serviced by nonbanks increased from approximately 6.8 percent in 2012 to approximately 24.2 percent in 2015 (as measured by unpaid principal balance). However, banks continued to service the remainder (about 75.8 percent). Some market participants GAO interviewed said nonbank servicers' growth increased the capacity for servicing delinquent loans, but they also noted ch...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Remaining Investment Programs
GAO-16-91R: Published: Nov 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2015.
As of August 31, 2015, two Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) investment programs—the Capital Purchase Program (CPP) and the Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI)—were winding down. (GAO defines “winding down” as programs closed to additional participants but have participants that had not exited the program.) Combined, the total investment for these programs was almost $206 bi...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of GAO Recommendations
GAO-15-813: Published: Sep 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2015.
As of August 2015, GAO's performance audits of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) activities have resulted in 72 recommendations to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Treasury has implemented 59 of the 72 recommendations (about 82 percent), some of which were aimed at improving transparency and internal controls of TARP. The status of the remaining recommendations is as follows:Treas...
Credit Rating Analysts: Views Varied on Merits of a Professional Organization, but Creating One Now Viewed as Premature
GAO-15-591: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
Views varied on the merits of a professional organization for credit rating analysts of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSRO), but some concluded it was too early to tell if one was needed, in part because of new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements on NRSROs to establish standards for their analysts. The analysts, representatives of NRSROs and existing pr...
Cybersecurity: Bank and Other Depository Regulators Need Better Data Analytics and Depository Institutions Want More Usable Threat Information
GAO-15-509: Published: Jul 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015.
Regulators use a risk-based examination approach to oversee the adequacy of information security at depository institutions—banks, thrifts, and credit unions—but could better target future examinations by analyzing deficiencies across institutions. For information technology (IT) examinations, regulators adjust the level of scrutiny at each institution depending on the information they review,...