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Committee on Financial ServicesIntroducedJanuary 4th, 2019
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What is House Bill H.R. 241?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 241
In-Depth: Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to reduce the burden on both regulators and those they examine.
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the nationwide organization of state regulators from all 50 states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, supports this bill. In a letter to Rep. Williams when this bill was under consideration last Congress, CSBS president and CEO John W. Ryan wrote:
“This legislation will enhance state and federal regulators’ ability to coordinate examination of and share information on banks’ technology vendors in an effective and efficient manner… The Bank Service Company Act (BSCA) authorizes federal regulators to examine TSPs to assess the potential risks they pose to individual client banks and the broader banking system. Currently, 38 states have similar authority under state law. We note that this bill does not create any new authority at the state level. The BSCA is silent regarding authorities and/or roles of state banking regulators. The BSCA silence results in duplication and inefficient supervision. Amending the BSCA to appropriately reflect states’ authority to examine TSPs will improve state-federal coordination and information sharing and promote more efficient supervision of TSPs that provide critical services to a broad range of banks… Exam coordination and improved information sharing among state and federal regulators will allow regulators to use limited resources more effectively to avoid duplicative examinations and reduce regulatory burden.”
Writing in MarketWatch in September 2018, Caroline Baum argued that the 2008 financial crisis was largely a failure by regulators to enforce existing regulations. Baum argued that regulators’ failures to see banks’ and financial institutions’ risky investments for what they were contributed to the financial crisis. In some cases, regulators became friends with the people they were supposed to be regulating and failed to exercise their duties responsibility — and due to understaffing and lack of redundancy in the regulatory system at the time, there wasn’t any way to catch these issues.
This legislation has one cosponsor, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it passed the House Committee on Financial Services by a 56-0 vote with the support of five bipartisan cosponsors, including three Republicans and two Democrats.
- Sponsoring Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) Facebook Post (115th Congress)
- CBO Cost Estimate (115th Congress)
- Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) (In Favor, 115th Congress)
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / utah778)