On January 24, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) announced that it has appointed Frederick R. Casteel as OTS Ombudsman. Mr. Casteel has been with the OTS since 1989 and has served as Regional Director of the OTS Midwest Region for the past 15 years. According to the press release announcing this appointment, Mr. Casteel will “act as a liaison to the OTS-regulated thrift industry, address thrift institutions’ concerns about OTS regulatory actions and coordinate the resolution of thrift institutions’ appeals of supervisory determinations.” In addition to these duties, Mr. Casteel will be involved in “industry outreach, communication and education, and will make recommendations for improving OTS supervisory policies and procedures.”

In addition, on January 24, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the appointment of Peter Goodyear as Associate Director for Analysis and Liaison. Mr. Goodyear most recently served as a senior vice president of Citigroup. In his new position with FinCEN, he will oversee the agency’s analysis of Bank Secrecy Act data in support of its law enforcement, regulatory and financial intelligence unit customers.