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FDIC seeks input on off-site examinations

Federal Issues Covid-19 FDIC Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Examination

Federal Issues

On August 13, the FDIC issued a notice and request for information (RFI) seeking comments from financial institutions regarding the agency’s supervisory approach to examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic, including on-site and off-site activities, use of technology, and communication methods. Specifically, the RFI seeks input on areas that worked well in the off-site examination context “to inform plans for future examinations, consistent with applicable law and the purpose of examinations.” Areas of interest include identifying (i) examination activities that worked best or were most effective during the off-site approach; (ii) new or emerging technologies that would support additional off-site examination activities (the FDIC noted that leveraging technology has improved efficiency and reduced burdens on financial institutions); and (iii) what improvements, if any, could be made to communication methods used during off-site examinations, including whether the FDIC should continue to use secure mail as an alternative to hardcopy mail to communicate supervisory correspondence. Comments are due October 12.


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