Fed's new board expectations guidance

On August 3rd, the Federal Reserve proposed for comment supervisory guidance for boards of directors of Fed-supervised institutions (i.e., Board Effectiveness (BE) guidance). The proposed BE guidance is the result of a multi-year review by the Fed of existing guidance and practices of boards of directors across supervised firms. It is intended to consolidate and replace existing board supervisory expectations from 27 SR Letters, which include 170 supervisory expectations for boards, with 33 expectations of effective boards. The 33 proposed expectations are categorized into five attributes which the Fed intends to assess a firm’s board of directors, including: (1) setting clear direction for the firm; (2) actively managing information and board discussions; (3) holding senior management accountable; (4) supporting independent risk management and internal audit; and (5) maintaining a capable board composition and governance structure.  

  1. Realigning board expectations.
  2. Spotlight on board governance.
  3. Senior management must step up.
  4. Getting in line with the OCC.
  5. Expectations uncertain for foreign banks.

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