The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of Thrift Supervision (agencies), are seeking comment on proposed guidance describing current agency expectations for banking organizations that would adopt the Advanced Internal Ratings-Based Approach (IRB) for credit risk and the Advanced Measurement Approaches (AMA) for operational risk under the proposed new Basel II capital framework. The proposed guidance also establishes the process for supervisory review and the implementation of the capital adequacy assessment process under Pillar 2 of the Basel II framework. The agencies will accept comments on the proposed guidance through May 29.


  •  The proposed guidance applies only to banking organizations that would implement the proposed Basel II framework. 
  • The proposed guidance highlights regulatory standards that are primarily principles-based. 
  • The proposed guidance is intended to provide banks with a clear description of the essential components and characteristics of an acceptable IRB framework. 
  • The proposed guidance identifies supervisory standards that banks should follow to implement and maintain an acceptable AMA framework for regulatory capital purposes. 
  • The proposed Pillar 2 guidance addresses the three fundamental objectives in the supervisory review process under Pillar 2: the comprehensive supervisory assessment of capital adequacy, a bank's compliance with regulatory capital requirements, and a bank's implementation of an internal capital adequacy assessment process.