This bill would aim to improve the stress testing process for financial institutions by requiring them to prepare an annual report instead of two per year. It would also prohibit the Federal Reserve from using its qualitative assessment of an institution’s ability to withstand financial stress as a basis for objecting to that firm’s plan to draw down capital.
The Federal Reserve would be required to issue regulations subject to notice-and-comment for conducting stress tests that set forth economic conditions and methodologies. It would also have to assess the effect of the Fed’s stress testing models and methodologies on financial stability, credit availability, model risks, and investment cycles.
Additionally, the Federal Reserve would also have to issue regulations subject to notice-and-comment for its Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) program. It would be prohibited from subjecting an institution to its CCAR program more than once every two years and from objecting to a firm’s capital plan based on qualitative deficiencies. Further, the Fed would be required to establish procedures to respond to inquiries from firms subject to the CCAR program.