The staffs of the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of Thrift Supervision (the Agencies) have revised the Agencies' Uniform Agreement on the Classification of Assets and Appraisal of Securities Held by Banks and Thrifts (the Uniform Agreement). The revised Uniform Agreement amends examination procedures established in 1938 and revised in 1949 and 1979.
The Uniform Agreement sets forth procedures for classifying bank assets as substandard, doubtful, or loss. The classification of loans in the Uniform Agreement is not changed by the revised Uniform Agreement. Efforts are under way to develop appropriate revisions to the loan classification scheme for banks adopting the advanced internal ratings-based approach under the proposed Basel II capital framework. Corresponding changes will be made to the Uniform Agreement as and when appropriate.
The revised Uniform Agreement changes the classification standards applied to banks' holdings of debt securities by:
Reserve Banks are asked to distribute this SR letter and the attached revised Uniform Agreement to the state member banks, bank holding companies, and the U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations supervised by the Federal Reserve, as well as to their supervisory and examination staff. Questions may be directed to Mary Frances Monroe, Manager, Supervisory and Risk Policy Section, at 202-452-5231.