Comptroller of the Currency

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is the federal government agency responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising national banks in the United States. The agency’s primary mission is to ensure the safety and soundness of the national banking system, which it achieves by employing a nationwide staff of examiners, who conduct onsite reviews of national banks and continually supervise these financial institutions’ operations. It issues rules and legal interpretations concerning bank management, investments, lending and risk management activities, as well as other aspects of bank operations. In performing its work, the OCC confronts ethical issues that relate to the safety and soundness of a nationally chartered bank. For example, a bank that engages in unethical behavior will likely be exposed to costly ...

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