Financial institutions (51 - 60 of 115 items)
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...
Corporate Credit Unions: Competitive Environment May Stress Financial Condition, Posing Challenges for NCUA Oversight
GAO-04-977: Published: Sep 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2004.
Thousands of credit unions have placed about $55 billion of their excess funds in corporate credit unions (corporates). In a three-tiered system, corporates provide lending, investment, and processing services for their member credit unions. Problems with investments in the past prompted regulatory changes that required higher capitalization and stricter risk management, but allowed for expanded i...
OFHEO's Risk-Based Capital Stress Test: Incorporating New Business Is Not Advisable
GAO-02-521: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2002.
GAO reviewed whether the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) should incorporate new business assumptions into the stress test used to establish risk-based capital requirements. The stress test is designed to estimate, for a 10-year period, how much capital the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) would be...
High-Loan-to-Value Lending: Information on Loans Exceeding Home Value
GGD-98-169: Published: Aug 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on high-loan-to-value (HLTV) loans, focusing on the: (1) characteristics of HLTV loans; (2) major organizations that provided HLTV lending; (3) volume of HLTV lending in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and the expected volume in 1998; and (4) benefits and risks of HLTV lending for borrowers, lenders, investors, and regulated depository institutio...
Live Loan Checks: Information on Unsolicited Consumer Loans for Preapproved Borrowers
GGD-98-176: Published: Aug 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on live loan checks, focusing on the: (1) characteristics of live loan checks and the major organizations that provide unsolicited loan checks; (2) volume of live loan checks in 1995, 1996, and 1997 and the expected volume in 1998; and (3) benefits and risks of live loan checks for the borrowers and lenders.GAO noted that: (1) once cash...
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...
Government-Sponsored Enterprises: Federal Oversight Needed for Nonmortgage Investments
GGD-98-48: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the nonmortgage investment activities at 3 government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs)--the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac)--focusing on the: (1) enterprises' legal authority for making nonmortgage investments and...