Economics and Policy Analysis
The OCC uses quantitative and analytical skills to monitor and assess banking and financial market conditions. These analyses help ensure that banks comply with laws and regulations, supervisory strategies and actions are appropriately prioritized, agency policies achieve intended goals and regulations are effectively implemented. OCC staff research and analysis help advance the methodological tools used in risk measurement models, increase the understanding of banking issues, and inform policy makers. The Economics and Policy Analysis divisions provide this analysis.
The Divisions in Economics and Policy Analysis
| ||Compliance Risk Analysis (Compliance RAD) Division|
The Compliance Risk Analysis Division (CRAD) contributes to the development and execution of the OCC's supervisory and regulatory mission in three major ways: 1) direct exam support for bank supervision, 2) economic and policy analysis, and 3) pursuit of an active research agenda. Staff use statistical analysis and develop econometric models to support bank examinations that monitor compliance with federal laws and regulations. Specific areas of focus include those related to credit access and anti-money laundering. Staff's quantitative expertise also serves the basis for inter-agency and intra-agency discussions that support the development of banking and regulatory policies. In addition, staff actively conduct original and publishable research in areas of mortgage, finance, labor, and statistics.
| ||Industry and Regional Analysis (IRA) Division|
IRA supports informed, appropriate, and timely OCC action by analyzing and communicating the likely impact on national banks and federal savings associations of sectoral and regional economic developments.
| ||International Analysis and Banking Condition (IABC) Division|
IABC identifies, monitors, and measures risks to national banks and federal savings associations. They communicate these risks to key OCC personnel and policy makers to inform appropriate, timely action.
| ||Policy Analysis Division (PAD) Division|
PAD identifies and analyzes current and likely future key trends in bank performance, financial markets, laws and regulation that are relevant to the development and implementation of agency policy and contribute to the effective supervision of national banks by the OCC.