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Bank Supervision: Lessons Learned from Remote Supervision during Pandemic Could Inform Future Disruptions

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Reserve System The Federal Reserve's Chief Operating Officer should develop and document specific action steps and time frames for completing the components of the Federal Reserve's enterprise risk management framework related to identifying and assessing risks to its supervisory mission, such as those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Federal Financial Regulators Should Take Additional Actions to Enhance Their Protection of Personal Information

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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Reserve System The Chair of the Federal Reserve should define a process for documenting the actions the Federal Reserve takes to minimize collection and use of PII. (Recommendation 2)
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In July 2022, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System detailed actions it planned to take to address this recommendation. We will continue to be in contact with the Board to gain further information on these actions and progress toward their completion.

Federal Reserve System The Chair of the Federal Reserve should include information from systems maintained by Federal Reserve contractors in the Federal Reserve's inventory of information systems that handle PII. (Recommendation 3)
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In July 2022, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System detailed actions it planned to take to address this recommendation. We will continue to be in contact with the Board to gain further information on these actions and progress toward their completion.

Federal Reserve System The Chair of the Federal Reserve should identify and specify metrics to determine whether privacy controls are implemented correctly and operating as intended. (Recommendation 4)
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In July 2022, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System detailed actions it planned to take to address this recommendation. We will continue to be in contact with the Board to gain further information on these actions and progress toward their completion.

Federal Reserve System The Chair of the Federal Reserve should establish a timeframe for including information on privacy controls to be tested within the Federal Reserve's written privacy continuous monitoring strategy. (Recommendation 5)
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In July 2022, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System detailed actions it planned to take to address this recommendation. We will continue to be in contact with the Board to gain further information on these actions and progress toward their completion.

Financial Technology: Agencies Should Provide Clarification on Lenders' Use of Alternative Data [Reissued with revisions on Mar. 12, 2019.]

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1 Open Recommendations
1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Reserve System
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System should, in coordination with the other federal banking regulators and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and with input from relevant stakeholders, communicate in writing to banks that engage in third-party relationships with fintech lenders on the appropriate use of alternative data in the underwriting process, including issues to consider when selecting types of alternative data to use. (Recommendation 2)
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In December 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Federal Reserve), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the agencies) issued an interagency statement on the use of alternative data in credit underwriting. The statement broadly highlights some potential benefits and risks of using alternative data and encourages firms to responsibly use alternative data. However, the statement does not provide firms or banks with specific

Financial Services Regulations: Procedures for Reviews under Regulatory Flexibility Act Need to Be Enhanced

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Reserve System The Federal Reserve should develop and implement specific policies and procedures for how it will consistently comply with RFA requirements and key aspects of Office of Advocacy and OMB guidance that include the following three elements: (1) processes for creating and maintaining documentation sufficient to support analysis of economic impact and alternatives; (2) processes for disclosing the methodology--including criteria for assessing significant economic impact and a substantial number of small entities--and data sources of economic analysis supporting certification determinations and regulatory flexibility analyses; and (3) processes for considering to the extent practicable a rule's potential economic impacts on small entities, including for evaluating broad economic impacts of regulations in certification determinations and assessing alternatives that could minimize impact on small entities. (Recommendation 5)
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In June 2019, Federal Reserve staff told us that they continue to review their policies and procedures to ensure compliance with RFA requirements. While Federal Reserve staff said that they use an RFA handbook developed by the SBA Office of Advocacy to support their analyses, the Federal Reserve has not made changes to its policies and procedures based on our recommendations. Until the Federal Reserve develops and implements RFA policies and procedures consistent with the recommendation, it remains open.

Federal Reserve: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure the Achievement of Stress Test Goals

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2 Open Recommendations
2 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Reserve System
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To improve the Federal Reserve's ability to manage model risk and ensure that decisions based on supervisory stress test results are informed by an understanding of model risk, the Federal Reserve should design and implement a process to communicate information about the range and sources of uncertainty surrounding the post-stress capital ratio estimates to the Board during CCAR deliberations.
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In January 2019, the Federal Reserve said it had previously initiated a project to design and implement a process to communicate uncertainty surrounding the post-stress capital ratio estimates. In February 2022, the Federal Reserve provided information about its process to communicate model risk and uncertainty analysis results. To fully implement our recommendation, the Federal Reserve needs to complete its process to communicate uncertainty surrounding the post-stress capital ratio estimates to the Board. We will continue to monitor the Federal Reserve's completion and implementation of this

Federal Reserve System
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To improve the Federal Reserve's ability to manage model risk and ensure that decisions based on supervisory stress test results are informed by an understanding of model risk, the Federal Reserve should design and implement a process for the Board and senior staff to articulate tolerance levels for key risks identified through sensitivity testing and for the degree of uncertainty in the projected capital ratios.
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In January 2019, the Federal Reserve said it had previously initiated a project to respond to our recommendation. In February 2022, the Federal Reserve provided information about its process to communicate model risk and approve supervisory stress test models, including discussion of model risk tolerance. To fully implement our recommendation, the Federal Reserve's process needs to provide for the Board and senior staff to articulate tolerance levels for risks identified through sensitivity testing and the degree of uncertainty in the projected capital ratios. We will continue to monitor the

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