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News Release 2023-22 | March 2, 2023

Acting Comptroller, Former Agency Leaders Celebrate the OCC’s 160th Anniversary

WASHINGTON— Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael J. Hsu today hosted former Comptrollers and Acting Comptrollers to mark the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) 160th anniversary of overseeing the federal banking system.

Seven former agency leaders joined Acting Comptroller Hsu to reflect on their tenures leading the agency and discuss the value of the OCC’s supervision of national banks and federal savings associations.

“I am honored to continue a long and distinguished legacy of ensuring the federal banking system is strong in its foundation and resilient through change,” said Acting Comptroller Hsu.

160th Comptrollers Group Photo

Pictured from left to right are Robert L. Clarke (Comptroller from 1985-1992), Joseph M. Otting (Comptroller from 2017-2020), Julie L. Williams (Acting Comptroller in 1998 and from 2004- 2005), Keith A. Noreika (Acting Comptroller in 2017), Acting Comptroller Michael J. Hsu, Brian Brooks (Acting Comptroller from 2020-2021), Eugene A. Ludwig (Comptroller from 1993-1998) and Blake Paulson (Acting Comptroller in 2021).

Former agency leaders who were unable to attend and are not pictured include Thomas J. Curry (Comptroller from 2012-2017),  John G. Walsh (Acting Comptroller from 2010 -2012), John C. Dugan (Comptroller from 2005-2010) and John G. Heimann (Comptroller from 1977-1981).

The OCC was created as a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury by the National Currency Act of February 25, 1863.

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