Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Issue Interagency Policy Statement on Allowances for Credit Losses and Interagency Guidance on Credit Risk Review Systems

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News Release 2020-60 | May 8, 2020

Joint Release

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
National Credit Union Administration
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Four federal financial regulatory agencies have approved a policy statement on allowances for credit losses.  The statement will promote consistency in the interpretation and application of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s credit losses accounting standard, which introduces the current expected credit losses (CECL) methodology. 

The interagency policy statement describes the measurement of expected credit losses using the CECL methodology and updates concepts and practices detailed in existing supervisory guidance that remain applicable.

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued the interagency policy statement, which will be effective at the time of each institution’s adoption of the credit losses accounting standard.

The agencies also finalized interagency guidance on credit risk review systems. The guidance presents principles for establishing a system of independent, ongoing credit risk review in accordance with safety and soundness standards.

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Federal Reserve Board
Darren Gersh
(202) 452-2955

FDIC
Julianne Fisher Breitbeil
(202) 898-6895

NCUA
Laura Todor
(703) 518-1149

OCC
Stephanie Collins
(202) 649-6870






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