Joseph Otting

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Joseph M. Otting
Joseph Otting official photo.jpg
Comptroller of the Currency
Assumed office
November 27, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Thomas J. Curry
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Maquoketa, Iowa, U.S.
Education University of Northern Iowa (BA)

Joseph M. Otting (born 1957) is an American businessman and government official. He was sworn in as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency on November 27, 2017.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Otting grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa, the son of Grace and James Otting.[2][3]

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from the University of Northern Iowa, which he received in 1981.[4] He is also a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management, a four-week program offered by the National Association of Credit Management, which was held at Dartmouth College at the time he attended in 1992.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Bank of America and Union Bank[edit]

Otting started his career at Bank of America, where he held positions in branch management, preferred banking, and commercial lending.[7] From 1986 to 2001, Otting was with Union Bank, where he held roles including deputy regional vice president, senior vice president, executive vice president, and group head of commercial banking.[8][9]

U.S. Bank[edit]

Between 2001 and 2010, Otting worked for U.S. Bank, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp.[10] Otting served as Market President of U.S. Bank in Oregon from December 2001 to June 2003 and as Executive Vice President and Manager of East Region Commercial Banking Group from June 2003 to April 2005.[11] Until his departure in 2010, he served as one of eight Vice Chairman, as the head of the Commercial Banking Group.[12] In addition, during his tenure, he led U.S. Bank's efforts in California as the senior executive responsible for expansion in the region.[13]

OneWest Bank[edit]

Otting was President, CEO, and a board member of OneWest Bank, N.A.,[14] from October 2010 until August 2015, when the bank merged with CIT Group, which purchased OneWest Bank for $3.4 billion, following regulatory approval.[15] He served as President of CIT Bank and Co-President of CIT Group from August 2015 to December 2015.[16]

At OneWest, he worked closely with the bank’s founder, Steven Mnuchin, who later became the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.[17] Mnuchin led a group that purchased the California-based residential lender, IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB, on March 19, 2009, from the FDIC to create OneWest, FSB.[18] The FDIC established IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB, in 2008 when IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., failed.[19] OneWest Bank, FSB, converted to a national bank and was renamed OneWest Bank, N.A., in February 2014, as the bank transitioned from a residential lender to a full-service bank.[20]

In 2011, Otting signed a consent order, in conjunction with 14 other large bank mortgage servicers, with the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision regarding the bank's mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices.[21] The OCC terminated that order on July 21, 2015, after determining that the bank “satisfied the terms of the 2011 foreclosure-related consent order” and completed the independent foreclosure review in accordance with the requirements included in the original 2011 order.[22] OneWest did not enter into a payment agreement with the OCC, and in April 2014, the OCC published a report[23] showing that an independent consultant found a relatively low error rate in the bank’s mortgage and foreclosure activity covered by the regulator’s order.[24] When Otting left CIT in December 2015, the Wall Street Journal calculated that he earned $24.9 million in compensation for 2015, including a $12 million severance payment.[25]

During the merger of OneWest and CIT, OneWest and Otting received significant community support based on the community redevelopment and reinvestment activities of the bank.[26]

In May 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice reached an $89 million settlement with the bank involving its reverse mortgage products and compliance with HUD foreclosure requirements, which requires banks to complete resolution and foreclosure activities within an aggressive timeline.[27]

Comptroller of the Currency[edit]

On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Otting to become the Comptroller of the Currency, responsible for overseeing federally-chartered banks, savings associations, and federal branches of foreign banks operating in the United States.[28] The U.S. Senate confirmed him on November 16, 2017,[29] and he was sworn in on November 27, 2017.[30]

The Comptroller of the Currency is the administrator of the federal banking system and chief officer of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC supervises nearly 1,400 national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks operating in the United States. The mission of the OCC is to ensure that national banks and federal savings associations operate in a safe and sound manner, provide fair access to financial services, treat customers fairly, and comply with applicable laws and regulations.[31]

The Comptroller also serves as a director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.[32]

During his July 27, 2017, confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Otting voiced support for simplifying regulatory capital requirements and for bank’s ability to provide short-term, small-dollar loans, which in his view had been pushed out of the federal banking system by previous regulatory action.[33]

During his swearing-in ceremony, Otting stressed that his priorities include job creation and economic discrimination, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden, enhancing the value of the federal charter, and ensuring the OCC operates as effectively and efficiently as possible.[34]

In his first testimony as Comptroller, Mr. Otting discussed his main priorities, which included modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act; encouraging banks to meet the short-term, small-dollar needs of their customers; making Bank Secrecy Act compliance work more efficiently; simplifying regulatory capital and Volcker Rule; and helping the OCC operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.[35]

On May 23, 2018, the OCC published a bulletin promoting short-term, small-dollar installment loans to encourage national banks and federal savings association to help meet the credit needs of their customers.[36]

On July 31, 2018, Comptroller Otting Announced his decision to begin accepting applications for national bank charters from non-depository financial technology (fintech) companies engaged in the business of banking. “The decision to consider applications for special purpose national bank charters from innovative companies helps provide more choices to consumers and businesses, and creates greater opportunity for companies that want to provide banking services in America,” said Comptroller Otting. “Companies that provide banking services in innovative ways deserve the opportunity to pursue that business on a national scale as a federally chartered, regulated bank.”[37]

Personal life[edit]

Otting has played significant roles in charitable and community development organizations. He has served as a board member for the California Chamber of Commerce, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial foundation, the Associated Oregon Industries, the Oregon Business Council, the Portland Business Alliance, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. He was also a member of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and the Board and Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.[38]

Otting and his wife, Bonnie, currently reside in Southern Highlands, Las Vegas, Nevada.[39] His interests include golf, tennis, cross-training and reading.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters (November 27, 2017). "Joseph Otting, former banker, sworn in as top U.S. bank regulator." Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Corrected parents after confirmation directly from Mr. Otting on December 5, 2017. Other cited sources incorrectly identified Daniel and Helen Otting.
  3. ^ Straehley, Steve, and David Wallechinsky (July 7, 2017). “Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?” AllGov. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Straehley, Steve, and David Wallechinsky (July 7, 2017). “Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?” AllGov. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Bowden, John (June 9, 2017). "Trump selects ex-banker to oversee Wall Street". The Hill.
  7. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Straehley, Steve, and David Wallechinsky (July 7, 2017). “Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?” AllGov. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Straehley, Steve, and David Wallechinsky (July 7, 2017). “Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?” AllGov. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Bloomberg. Executive Profile: “Joseph Otting.” Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  12. ^ Bloomberg. Executive Profile: “Joseph Otting.” Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Meet The Board". Killebrew Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  14. ^ "OneWest Bank Names Joseph Otting President, Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board." OneWest Bank Press Release. October, 27, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Peltz, James (August 3, 2015). “CIT Group closes $3.4-billion purchase of OneWest Bank in Pasadena.” Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2017. See also OCC Letter, “Application to Merge CIT Bank, Salt Lake City, UT with and into OneWest Bank, N.A., Pasadena, CA.” July 21, 2015.
  16. ^ Macheel, Tanaya (December 9, 2015). "CIT Fires Otting, 13 More Executives in Post-OneWest Shuffling." American Banker. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  17. ^ U.S. Department of the Treasury (February 13, 2017). “Steven T. Mnuchin Sworn in as Secretary of the Treasury.” Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  18. ^ Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Failed Bank Information: Information for IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., and IndyMac Federal Bank, F.S.B., Pasadena, CA. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  19. ^ Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (July 11, 2018). “FDIC Establishes IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB as Successor to IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., Pasadena, California.” Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  20. ^ Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (February 20, 2014). Conditional Approval #1090. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  21. ^ Office of Thrift Supervision (April 13, 2011). Consent Order No.: WN-11-011. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  22. ^ Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (July 21, 2015). “OCC Approves OneWest Bank, N.A. - CIT Bank Merger; Terminates Foreclosure-Related Consent Order.” NR 2015-105. See also “Consent Order Termination” #2015-77. Retrieved December 6, 2017
  23. ^ Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (April 30, 2014). “Report Highlights Status of Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement.” NR 2014-65. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  24. ^ Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (April 30, 2014). Foreclosure-Related Consent Orders Status Report: Observations, Payments, and Foreclosure Prevention Assistance. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  25. ^ Ensign, Rachel Louise (March 21, 2016). “CIT Chief John Thain Takes 9% Pay Cut on His Way Out.” Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  26. ^ Reckard, E. Scott (February 26, 2015). “CIT Group, OneWest Bank say merger would be good for poor neighborhoods.” Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2017. See also Kate Berry (February 26, 2015). “The Big Surprise at CIT-OneWest Merger Hearing: Lots of Support.” American Banker. Retrieved December 6, 2017, and The Center for Religion and Civic Culture (March 18, 2015). “L.A. Times, American Banker: Community Coalition Supports Bank Merger.” University of Southern California. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  27. ^ U.S. Department of Justice (May 16, 2017). "Financial Freedom Settles Alleged Liability for Servicing of Federally Insured Reverse Mortgage Loans for $89 Million." Press Release No. 17-534. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  28. ^ CNBC (June 7, 2017). "Trump chooses Joseph Otting as key regulator of U.S. banks". CNBC.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  29. ^ Schroeder, Pete, and Patrick Rucker (November 16, 2017). “Ex-banker Otting confirmed as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency.” Reuters. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  30. ^ Reuters (November 27, 2017). "Joseph Otting, former banker, sworn in as top U.S. bank regulator." Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  31. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 4, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  32. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  33. ^ C-SPAN (July 27, 2017). Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Nominations. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  34. ^ Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (November 27, 2017). "Joseph M. Otting Takes Office as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency." OCC News Release 2017-141. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  35. ^ Written Testimony Before the Committee on Financial Services. U.S. House of Representatives. June 13, 2018.
  36. ^ NR 2018-51. "Comptroller Urges Banks to Meet Consumers' Short-Term, Small-Dollar Credit Needs." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. May 23, 2018.
  37. ^ NR 2018-74. "Comptroller Urges Banks to Meet Consumers' Short-Term, Small-Dollar Credit Needs." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. May 23, 2018.
  38. ^ Official Biography. "Joseph M. Otting." Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Retrieved December 4, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  39. ^ Straehley, Steve, and David Wallechinsky (July 7, 2017). “Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?” AllGov. Retrieved December 4, 2017.

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Preceded by
Thomas J. Curry
Comptroller of the Currency
2017–present
Incumbent