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Supervision and Regulation Letters

SR 11-8

Supervisory Guidance on Implementation Issues Related to the Advanced Measurement Approaches for Operational Risk

June 3, 2011

Seal of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF THE
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, D. C.  20551
DIVISION OF BANKING
SUPERVISION AND REGULATION
SR 11-8
June 3, 2011
TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF SUPERVISION AND APPROPRIATE SUPERVISORY AND EXAMINATION STAFF AT EACH FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
SUBJECT:   Supervisory Guidance on Implementation Issues Related to the Advanced Measurement Approaches for Operational Risk
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the other federal banking agencies1 are issuing the attached Interagency Guidance on the Advanced Measurement Approaches for Operational Risk to address and provide clarity on implementation issues related to the advanced measurement approaches (AMA) in the agencies’ advanced capital adequacy framework (advanced approaches rule).2

The guidance focuses on the combination and use of the four required AMA data elements:

  1. Internal operational loss event data
  2. External operational loss event data
  3. Scenario analysis
  4. Business environment and internal control factors

Given some of the unique challenges related to the use of scenario analysis in the AMA, this data element is discussed in greater detail. Governance and validation are also discussed in light of their importance in ensuring the integrity of a bank’s AMA framework. While this guidance addresses certain aspects of the minimum risk-based capital requirements for operational risk, it is not intended to address the treatment of operational risk in a bank’s internal capital adequacy assessment process.

 

Reserve Banks are asked to distribute this letter to financial institutions supervised by the Federal Reserve in their districts that are required to implement or that have shown an interest in implementing the advanced approaches rule. Questions on the attached guidance should be addressed to Adrienne Haden, Assistant Director, Operational and Information Technology Risk, at (202) 452-2058, or Kenneth Fulton, Supervisory Financial Analyst, Risk Section, at (202) 452-2314. In addition, questions may be sent via the Board’s public website.3

signed by
Patrick M. Parkinson
Director
Division of Banking
Supervision and Regulation


 
Notes:
  1. The other federal banking agencies include the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift Supervision.  Return to text
  2. See 12 CFR 208, Appendix F, and 12 CFR 225, Appendix G.  Return to text
  3. See http://www.federalreserve.gov/feedback.cfm.  Return to text
Last update: August 19, 2011