On March 18, 2016, as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Conference on Bank Supervision, senior officials of several US bank regulatory agencies delivered remarks regarding the effectiveness of bank supervision and key components of the bank supervisory process. In the conference’s opening remarks, NY Fed President William Dudley noted the importance of distinguishing between effective and ineffective supervision, particularly given the confidential nature of the bank supervisory process. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig subsequently noted several critical features of successful oversight of financial institutions including: (i) subjecting commercial banks of all sizes to full-scope examinations, (ii) having regulators require that the largest banks disclose important supervisory findings to allow the public to better understand their financial condition and (iii) recognition by supervisors of their limits and emphasizing that banks hold sufficient capital to backstop management mistakes and bad luck.

President Dudley’s speech is available at: https://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/speeches/2016/dud160318.

Vice Chairman Hoenig’s speech is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spmar1816.html