Regulatory agencies (51 - 60 of 197 items)
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 Governance: NCUA's Controls and Related Procedures for Board Independence and Objectivity Are Similar to Other Financial Regulators, but Opportunities Exist to Enhance Its Governance Structure
GAO-07-72R: Published: Nov 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2006.
During recent congressional hearings and in public speeches, statements made by the National Credit Union Administration's (NCUA) Chairman and another board member raised congressional interest in the ability of NCUA to collect and objectively analyze data on credit union membership and executive compensation. More generally, these statements also raised issues about the agency's overall vigilance...
Minority Banks: GAO Survey of Minority Banks, an E-supplement to GAO-07-6
GAO-07-7SP: Published: Oct 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2006.
This document presents the results of GAO's 2006 survey of minority banks for all respondents. The purpose of the survey was to collect information primarily on four federal banking regulators'--Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), and the Federal Reserve--efforts to support minority banks and related regulatory issues. Of t...
Minority Banks: Regulators Need to Better Assess Effectiveness of Support Efforts
GAO-07-6: Published: Oct 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2006.
Minority banks can play an important role in serving the financial needs of historically underserved communities and growing populations of minorities. For this reason, the Financial Institutions, Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) established goals that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) must work toward to preserve and...
Industrial Loan Corporations: Recent Asset Growth and Commercial Interest Highlight Differences in Regulatory Authority
GAO-06-961T: Published: Jul 12, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2006.
Since their origin in the early 1900s, industrial loan corporations (ILCs) have grown significantly in size, and some have expressed concern that ILCs may have expanded beyond the original scope and purpose intended by Congress. Others have questioned whether the current regulatory structure for overseeing ILCs is adequate. This testimony is based on our September 2005 report that, among other thi...
OCC Consumer Assistance: Process Is Similar to That of Other Regulators but Could Be Improved by Enhanced Outreach
GAO-06-293: Published: Feb 23, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2006.
In January 2004, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)--the federal regulator of national banks--issued rules concerning the extent to which federal law preempts state and local banking laws. Some state officials and consumer groups expressed concerns about a perceived loss of consumer protection. GAO identified (1) how OCC's complaint process compares with that of other federal bank...
Mutual Fund Industry: SEC's Revised Examination Approach Offers Potential Benefits, but Significant Oversight Challenges Remain
GAO-05-415: Published: Aug 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2005.
As the frontline regulator of mutual funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plays a key role in protecting the nearly half of all U.S. households owning mutual funds, valued around $8 trillion in 2005. Mutual fund abuses raised questions about the integrity of the industry and quality of oversight provided by SEC and self-regulatory organizations (SRO) that regulate broker-dealers sel...
Public Utility Holding Company Act: Opportunities to Strengthen SEC's Administration of the Act
GAO-05-617: Published: Jul 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2005.
The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA), which is administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), subjects public utility holding companies to federal regulation. Some recent events have raised concerns about SEC's administration of the act. GAO was asked to review SEC's administration of PUCHA. GAO's objectives included determining the nature and the extent to which S...
SEC Mutual Fund Oversight: Positive Actions Are Being Taken, but Regulatory Challenges Remain
GAO-05-692T: Published: Jun 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
Trading abuses--including market timing and late trading violations--uncovered among some of the most well-known companies in the mutual fund industry permitted favored customers to profit at the expense of long-term shareholders. Questions have also been raised as to why the New York State Office of the Attorney General identified the trading abuses in September 2003 before the industry's primary...
Mutual Fund Trading Abuses: Lessons Can Be Learned from SEC Not Having Detected Violations at an Earlier Stage
GAO-05-313: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2005.
Recent violations uncovered in the mutual fund industry raised questions about the ethical practices of the industry and the quality of its oversight. A widespread abuse involved mutual fund companies' investment advisers (firms that provide management and other services to funds) entering into undisclosed arrangements with favored customers to permit market timing (frequent trading to profit from...