OCC Publishes Standards on Independent Consultants

On November 12, OCC published standards governing the use of independent consultants in enforcement actions involving significant violations of law.  The standards describe the criteria the OCC will use in determining whether to require a national bank or federal savings association to retain a consultant, as well as the institution’s obligations to ensure the consultant has sufficient independence and qualifications.  Among other issues, the standards describe the process for reviewing consultant qualifications and the contractual terms for the engagement, as well as the appropriate performance oversight.  Press Release.  Guidance.