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Enforcement Actions

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The Federal Reserve supervises the following entities and has the statutory authority to take formal enforcement actions against them:

  • State member banks
  • Bank holding companies
  • Nonbank subsidiaries of bank holding companies
  • Edge and agreement corporations
  • Branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations operating in the United States and their parent banks
  • Officers, directors, employees, and certain other categories of individuals associated with the above banks, companies, and organizations (referred to as "institution-affiliated parties")

Generally, the Federal Reserve takes formal enforcement actions against the above entities for violations of laws, rules, or regulations, unsafe or unsound practices, breaches of fiduciary duty, and violations of final orders. Formal enforcement actions include cease and desist orders, written agreements, removal and prohibition orders, and orders assessing civil money penalties.

Since August 1989, the Federal Reserve has made all final enforcement orders public in accordance with the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989; since November 1990, it has made all written agreements public in accordance with the Crime Control Act of 1990. The formal enforcement actions are made public through a press release and the posting of the order or agreement on the public website of the Board of Governors. Formal enforcement actions taken by the Federal Reserve before August 1989 are not public.

Beginning in 2008, the Federal Reserve will also post "Section 19 Letters" on the Board of Governors' public website. Section 19 Letters (referring to section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. § 1829) are sent by the Federal Reserve Banks to institution-affiliated parties who the Reserve Banks learn have been convicted of, or have entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program for, certain criminal offenses and are therefore prohibited from participating in the affairs of insured depository institutions, their holding companies, or credit unions without prior regulatory or judicial approval. The Section 19 Letters posted on the Board of Governors' website are intended to include only those individuals whose criminal offenses relate to their conduct at an entity supervised by the Federal Reserve.

Enforcement actions against the following institutions or their affiliated parties can be found at the website of the institution's regulator:

Institution Regulator
State nonmember banks and
insured branches of foreign banks
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Credit unions National Credit Union Administration
National banks and federally chartered
branches and agencies of foreign banks
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Last Update: October 29, 2010