On June 25, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board issued a supervisory letter implementing changes to the “name check” process for banking applications. Under the previous process, a name check was conducted on all proposed officers and/or new principle shareholders of a supervised financial institution involved in an application under consideration by the Federal Reserve Board. The new name check process will only be conducted for individuals that will become principal shareholders or one of the top two policymakers of the organization upon consummation of the process. In the case of a group acting in concert, name checks generally will be initiated on all individual group members with five percent or greater individual ownership interests. A completed name check will remain current for five years; individuals and companies with current name checks will generally not be rechecked unless circumstances indicate otherwise. In addition, the Federal Reserve Board will obtain credit bureau reports in certain limited situations to supplement and corroborate financial information provided in the application process. The guidance is applicable to all financial institutions supervised by the Federal Reserve Board, including those with $10 billion or less in consolidated assets.

The Federal Reserve Board supervisory letter is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/bankinforeg/srletters/sr1508.htm