FHFA OIG: Counterparty Risk Program Needs More Supervision
August 11, 2017
The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General said the FHFA’s suspended counterparty program needs better oversight. In a recent audit of counterparty risk, the IG found deficiencies in the FHFA’s Office of General Counsel review of suspended counterparties. Suspended counterparties are businesses that have engaged in misconduct. The suspended counterparty risk management programs were designed to manage counterparty risk through various means that include maintaining eligibility standards, evaluating counterparties’ financial conditions, monitoring exposure to potential losses, and working with counterparties to limit realized losses. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks can also chose to cease doing business with counterparties that appear to have unacceptable risks.