On August 26, 2016, the US Federal Reserve Board issued a notice that it had adopted the “ORSOM” rating system for its review of FMIs over which the Federal Reserve Board has jurisdiction, including financial market utilities designated as systemically important by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. The ORSOM system judges FMIs on five categories which the Federal Reserve Board noted highlight the issues FMIs face: Organization, Risk management, Settlement, Operational risk and IT, and Market support, access and transparency. The Federal Reserve Board’s notice also specifies particular regulations and guidance that would be examined under each ORSOM category. The rating scale runs from 1, strong, to 5, unsatisfactory, in each category, with the FMI receiving a 1-5 aggregate overall rating as well.

The Federal Reserve Board’s release is available at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20517.pdf