On November 24, 2015, the US Federal Reserve Board announced the implementation of several recommendations to enhance the supervision of large and complex banking organizations. These recommendations followed a comprehensive review of Reserve Bank procedures for supporting sound supervisory decisions as well for resolving differing staff opinions related to the supervision of large and complex organizations. Among other issues, the review identified inconsistencies in practices by Reserve Banks as well as in documentation generated by supervisory teams. The review also noted that a formal process for raising divergent staff views had not been established. As a result, the Operating Committee of the Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee (known as LISCC), which coordinates the supervision of the largest, most systemically important financial institutions in the US, will oversee the establishment of minimum operating and documentation standards for all supervisory activities. The Federal Reserve System will also work to develop policies and practices to encourage the exchange of differing staff views on all supervisory matters. Additionally, the Federal Reserve System will be developing a curriculum specifically designed for the supervision of large financial institutions for its examiner commissioning and training program.

The Federal Reserve Board press release and the review are available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20151124b.htm and http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/bcreg20151124b1.pdf.