The Workplace of the Comptroller of the Foreign money (OCC) launched its 2022 Financial institution Supervision Working Plan on Friday and for the primary time, crypto made the minimize.
In its report, the federal banking regulator listed its 11 supervisory priorities for the fiscal yr that ends subsequent September, together with cybersecurity, local weather change and “fintech partnerships for potential cryptocurrency-related actions and different providers.”
Although that is the primary time the OCC has immediately talked about crypto as a precedence, the regulator has been finding out crypto for a minimum of three years. Final July, the OCC revealed an interpretive letter that allowed nationally chartered banks to supply crypto custody providers.
Many within the crypto neighborhood attributed the OCC’s crypto push to former Comptroller Brian Brooks, who left the OCC in January to briefly function CEO of Binance.US.
Michael Hsu, who changed Brooks as Comptroller in Might, signaled better warning on crypto, telling the Home Monetary Providers Committee that he deliberate to maintain an open thoughts on crypto however could be reviewing actions taken below Brooks’ management to make sure banks remained protected for customers.
In accordance with the OCC’s newest plan, the regulator will “determine banks which are implementing vital modifications of their operations utilizing new technological improvements…[and] consider the appropriateness of the governance processes when banks undertake vital modifications.”