Search Results: Regulatory Guidance

White House Issues Memorandum Urging Federal Agencies to Adopt Protections for Subjects of Enforcement

On August 31, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an arm of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Branch, issued a memorandum (M-20-31 memorandum) to implement Section 6 of Executive Order 13924, which reflects the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the economic consequences of COVID-19 as…

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FinCEN Issues Advisory on Unemployment Insurance Fraud During Pandemic

On October 13, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to alert financial institutions to unemployment insurance fraud observed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory contains descriptions of COVID-19-related unemployment insurance fraud, associated financial red flag indicators and information on reporting suspicious activity.

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CFPB Provides Clarification Around RESPA Marketing Service Agreements

On October 7, the CFPB published an FAQ on the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Section 8 and certain provisions of Regulation X, addressing common scenarios involving gifts, promotional activities and marketing services agreements (MSAs). The CFPB also rescinded Compliance Bulletin 2015-05 – RESPA Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements on the grounds that…

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SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rule

On October 16, the SEC announced that it adopted final amendments to certain auditor independence requirements in Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X. The final amendments are based on recurring fact patterns that the SEC staff has observed over years of consultations in which certain relationships and services triggered technical independence rule violations…

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Federal Reserve Posts FAQs on New Control Rule

On September 30, the Federal Reserve posted FAQs on its recently adopted control rule (Control Rule). The FAQs cover the calculation of issuer’s shareholders’ equity under the Control Rule, actions to be taken if an investment previously considered to be noncontrolling triggers one or more of the presumptions of control in the Control Rule,…

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SEC Issues CD&I On Disclosure of Benefits Provided to Executive Officers Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance has issued a new compliance and disclosure interpretation under the Regulation S-K Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) to provide guidance on whether benefits provided to executive officers because of the COVID-19 pandemic are perquisites or personal benefits under Item 402(c)(2)(ix)(A) of Regulation S-K….

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