Letter From The Director

To fulfill its mandate to, “prescribe uniform principles and standards for the federal examination of financial institutions,” the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council conducts training programs for federal and state financial institution examiners. The Examiner Education Office (EEO) administers the many facets of that work. The goals of the training program and the EEO are to (1) promote training efficiency by encouraging consistency of examiner education through joint sponsorship of interagency training; (2) develop, maintain and deliver timely, cost-effective and state-of-the-art interagency training; (3) serve as a clearinghouse of training opportunities offered by the member agencies; and (4) provide support to the initiatives of the Council and its task forces.

Since its inception in 1979, the EEO has administered training in-person and virtually for over 150,000 participants. All programs are offered under the auspices of the Task Force on Examiner Education, whose principal members are officers of the Council-member agencies and a representative from the State Liaison Committee who oversee examiner training. Programs are expressly designed to meet the needs of post-commissioned examiners.

The EEO relies heavily on the private sector for instructors. Bankers, attorneys, accountants, and consultants bring outside expertise to the classroom. This provides a source of instructors to supplement those found in agency examiner training and policy staff. These staff members from participating agencies provide lectures on regulatory topics.

Since 1999, the FFIEC has supported the “FFIEC InfoBase.” The FFIEC EEO in conjunction with the IT Subcommittee has continued to coordinate revisions of the FFIEC Information Technology Examination Handbook InfoBase. Also, the FFIEC EEO working with the BSA Working Group has updated the online Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual InfoBase. All are available at www.ffiec.gov/exam.

FFIEC EEO has offered training using various delivery methods for its courses and conferences since introducing two self-study training courses in 2002. A section in this catalogue outlines the current offerings. In addition, the FFIEC EEO continues to provide FFIEC sponsored interagency webinars and calls. Events are offered to agency staff through FFIEC Examiner Exchange and to industry and the public through FFIEC Industry Outreach.

If you have questions, or comments, about the EEO or these training programs, please contact us at [email protected].

Dr. Joseph E. Arleth, Director of Examiner Education

January 4, 2024