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These manuals are intended to provide guidance to supervisory personnel in planning and conducting inspections and are to be used in conjunction with other supervisory guidance and manuals. They should not be considered a legal reference to the regulations of the Federal Reserve Board and federal banking laws.

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Annual subscription renewal fee is $20 per manual.

Bank Holding Company Supervision Manual

Updated semiannually, last update: July 2014

Provides guidance for conducting inspections of bank holding companies and their nonbank subsidiaries. The supervisory objectives of the inspection program are to ascertain whether the financial strength of the bank holding company is being maintained on an ongoing basis and to determine the effects or consequences of transactions between a holding company or its nonbanking subsidiaries and its subsidiary banks.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

Last update: April 2010

Provides guidance to examiners for carrying out BSA/AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) examinations. Also provides guidance to the banking industry on identifying and controlling risks associated with money laundering and terrorist financing. The manual contains an overview of BSA/AML compliance program requirements, BSA/AML risks and risk management expectations, industry sound practices, and examination procedures.
Online: Manual (on FFIEC's website)   Spanish: Entire manual (1.9 MB PDF) (on FFIEC's website)

Commercial Bank Examination Manual

Updated semiannually, last update: October 2014

Presents examination objectives and procedures that Federal Reserve System examiners follow in evaluating the safety and soundness of state member banks. Intended as guidance for planning and conducting bank examinations.

Consumer Compliance Handbook

Last update: November 2014

Contains examination objectives, procedures, and other instructions for planning and conducting consumer compliance and Community Reinvestment Act examinations and for preparing and distributing examination findings. The handbook is intended as guidance for Federal Reserve examiners and other supervisory personnel and should not be considered a legal reference to the regulations of the Federal Reserve Board or to federal banking laws.

Examination Manual for U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banking Organizations

Describes general policies and procedures to be used in conducting examinations of the U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations. Intended to provide a comprehensive overview of banking activities that may be conducted in a wide variety of branches. Updated periodically to reflect changes in examination policies and procedures.

FFIEC Information Technology (IT) Examination Handbook

Presents examination objectives and procedures that FFIEC member agency examiners follow in evaluating the information technology environments within supervised financial institutions and technology service providers (TSP). It is intended as guidance to Federal Reserve supervisory personnel in planning and conducting financial institution and TSP examinations and is to be used in concert with other supervisory guidance and manuals. It should not be considered a legal reference to the regulations of the Federal Reserve Board and federal banking laws.

Trading and Capital-Markets Activities Manual

Last update: July 2011

Provides guidance on trading operations and related capital-markets banking activities. Details sound management practices and key examination and review considerations for trading and capital-markets activities. Includes discussions of a wide range of risk management issues encountered in trading and dealer operations, including market risk, counterparty credit risk, legal risk, financial reporting, accounting, and ethics. Profiles thirty-five specific financial instruments commonly encountered in trading and capital-markets-related activities.

A User's Guide for the Bank Holding Company Performance Report

Last update: March 2013

Serves as an aid in using the Bank Holding Company Performance Report (BHCPR). Provides definitions of the financial ratios and items presented on each page of the BHCPR.
Last update: November 25, 2014