The Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2019 (the “Act”) was recently introduced in the United States Senate. Under existing law, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) can subject certain nonbanks designated as systemically important financial institutions (“SIFIs”) to significant supervision by under Federal Reserve. Under the Act, FSOC would be required to explore alternative approaches before designating nonbanks as SIFIs. The Act, which is supported by members of both major parties, does not reduce FSOC’s emergency designations authority, but rather encourages FSOC to find potential alternatives to SIFI designations, and the significant regulatory and administrative responsibilities that come with the SIFI designation.
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