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Treasury Secretary Geithner testifies before Congressional Oversight Panel
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • April 21 2009

Today, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified before the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP), which oversees Treasury’s actions in implementing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP


Lawmakers intensify demands for special inquiry commission to identify causes of financial crisis
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • April 23 2009

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to create an independent bi-partisan Financial Markets Commission (FMC) to investigate the causes of the financial crisis


House Financial Services Committee reports out Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • April 23 2009

On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee announced that that it had approved H.R. 627, the “Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights” by a vote of 48 to 19


Obama administration hosts Conference on the Future of Housing Finance
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • August 18 2010

As previously announced, the Obama administration yesterday held a "Conference on the Future of Housing Finance" to receive input from a diverse group of experts, including citizen advocacy groups, economists, investors, market researchers, originators, securitizers, servicers, and private mortgage insurers, on critical issues surrounding housing finance reform


Senator Lincoln proposes alternate bank spinoff provision
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • June 15 2010

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-NE), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who advocated for a provision in the financial regulatory reform bill that would effectively force banks to spin off their derivatives trading businesses, has released a minimal term sheet modifying this provision


Fed Chairman Bernanke and former Fed Chairman Volcker send letters to Senator Dodd opposing amendment permitting GAO to audit the Fed
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • May 7 2010

Yesterday, current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker sent separate letters to Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, expressing their opposition to proposed amendments to the Senate financial regulatory reform bill that would permit the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the Federal Reserve


Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission holds field hearing in Miami, Florida
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2010

Today, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) held the third in a series of four field hearings, entitled "The Impact of the Financial Crisis - Miami, Florida" to examine the role and impact of mortgage fraud in Miami


Federal banking agencies issue report to congressional committees on differences in accounting and capital standards
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • August 9 2010

Today, the federal banking agencies, including the OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC and OTS issued their joint annual report to the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee describing the differences between the accounting and capital standards used by the agencies


Latest developments in the foreclosure documentation crisis
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • October 19 2010

Various developments have occurred this week relating to the heightened concern over defective foreclosure processes and the moratoriums on foreclosure proceedings instituted by certain financial services companies, including Bank of America and GMAC, a subsidiary of Ally Financial


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee holds hearing on role of FHA in addressing housing crisis
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2009

Late last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing today to address the role of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in addressing the housing crisis