FDIC Calls for Risk Management Improvements
May 5, 2011 Leave a comment
This week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (”FDIC”) released a special edition of its Supervisory Insights publication focusing on the recent foreclosure crisis in mortgage banking. In the report, the FDIC provides additional perspective on the deficiencies in internal processes, staffing and control that resulted in a foreclosure moratorium by several of the largest mortgage servicing institutions in late 2010. The FDIC worked with the lead regulatory agencies of the fourteen largest mortgage servicers in the United States to conduct extensive reviews of current foreclosure practices.
The reviews uncovered many common issues among the mortgage servicers. The FDIC noted the following, “concerns included lax foreclosure documentation, ineffective controls over foreclosure procedures, and deficient loss mitigation procedures and controls. Many institutions failed to commit resources sufficient to manage responsibly the rapidly growing volume of mortgage loans in default or at risk of default. Weak governance and controls increased legal, reputational, operational, and financial risks while creating unnecessary confusion for borrowers.”
While the report focuses specifically on the foreclosure shortcomings, it can also serve as a reminder of the value of strong internal controls and risk management practices. As our business processes grow to be more complex and interconnected, the risks inherent in the processes grow exponentially. Unchecked, these risks can quickly propel a business into a full-blown crisis.