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    US Agencies Propose Guidance for Managing Third-Party Risks

    July 13, 2021

    US Agencies proposed guidance to help banking organizations manage risks associated with third-party relationships, including relationships with cloud service providers. The US Agencies that proposed this guidance are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FED), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The proposed guidance, which would replace each agency’s existing guidance on this topic, is open for comments for 60 days within its publication in the Federal Register.

    The proposed guidance considers the level of risk, complexity, and size of the banking organization and the nature of the third-party relationship. It describes third-party relationships as business arrangements between a banking organization and another entity, by contract or otherwise. The proposed guidance emphasizes that a banking organization’s use of third parties does not diminish its responsibility to perform an activity in a safe and sound manner and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The proposed guidance also discusses supervisory reviews of third-party relationships and is intended for all third-party relationships; it is especially important for relationships that a banking organization relies on to a significant extent, relationships that entail greater risk and complexity, and relationships that involve critical activities as described in the proposed guidance. The proposed guidance describes the third-party risk management life cycle and identifies principles applicable to each stage of the life cycle, including:

    • Developing a plan that outlines the banking organization’s strategy, identifies the inherent risks of the activity with the third party, and details how the banking organization will identify, assess, select, and oversee the third party
    • Performing proper due diligence in selecting a third party
    • Negotiating written contracts that articulate the rights and responsibilities of all parties
    • Having the board of directors and management oversee the banking organization’s risk management processes, maintaining documentation and reporting for oversight accountability, and engaging in independent reviews
    • Conducting ongoing monitoring of the third party’s activities and performance
    • Developing contingency plans for terminating the relationship in an effective manner

     

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    Comment Due Date: FR + 60 Days

    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, Fintech, Regtech, Third-Party Risk, Guidance, Cloud Computing, Third-Party Service Providers, US Agencies

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