Banking regulation (21 - 30 of 71 items)
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...
Private Equity: Recent Growth in Leveraged Buyouts Exposed Risks That Warrant Continued Attention
GAO-08-885: Published: Sep 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2008.
The increase in leveraged buyouts (LBO) of U.S. companies by private equity funds prior to the slowdown in mid-2007 has raised questions about the potential impact of these deals. Some praise LBOs for creating new governance structures for companies and providing longer term investment opportunities for investors. Others criticize LBOs for causing job losses and burdening companies with too much d...
Management Report: Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-08-863R: Published: Jul 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2008.
In February 2008, we issued our opinions on the calendar year 2007 financial statements of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) and the FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF). We also issued our opinion on the effectiveness of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) internal control over financial reporting (including safeguarding assets) and compliance as of December 31, 2007, and our evaluation of F...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Self-Regulatory Organizations
GAO-08-33: Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
Self-regulatory organizations (SRO) are exchanges and associations that operate and govern the markets, and that are subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among other things, SROs monitor the markets, investigate and discipline members involved in improper trading, and make referrals to SEC regarding suspicious trades by nonmembers. For industry self-regulation to f...
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...
Bank Secrecy Act: FinCEN and IRS Need to Improve and Better Coordinate Compliance and Data Management Efforts
GAO-07-212: Published: Dec 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2006.
In 2005, over 16 million Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reports were filed by more than 200,000 U.S. financial institutions. Enacted in 1970, BSA is the centerpiece of the nation's efforts to detect and deter criminal financial activities. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) play key roles in BSA compliance, enforcement, and data management. GAO...
Financial Institutions and Markets Issue Area Plan for Fiscal Years 1999-2001
IAP-98-22: Published: Sep 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1998.
GAO presented its Financial Institutions and Markets issue area plan for fiscal years 1999-2001.GAO plans to assess the: (1) regulatory framework for ensuring financial system integrity and the government's role in fostering an efficient financial services industry and competitive financial markets; (2) oversight of listing procedures by self-regulatory organizations, banks' experience in implemen...
Financial Institutions and Markets Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Year 1998
IAP-97-22: Published: Aug 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1997.
GAO presented its Financial Institutions and Markets issue area plan for fiscal year 1998.GAO plans to assess the: (1) regulatory framework for financial system integrity and the government's role in maintaining an efficient and competitive financial services industry; (2) Federal Reserve System, the supervision of foreign banks in the U.S. banking system, the bank regulatory structure in foreign...