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OCC Bulletin 2020-109 | December 21, 2020

Comptroller's Handbook: Updated 'Foreword' Booklet


Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks, Federal Savings Associations, and Federal Branches and Agencies; Department and Division Heads; All Examining Personnel; and Other Interested Parties


The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued version 2.2 of the updated "Foreword" booklet of the Comptroller's Handbook. The booklet describes the overall organization and format of the Comptroller's Handbook and explains the OCC's process for issuing new booklets, updating booklets, and fully revising booklets.


This bulletin rescinds version 2.1 of the "Foreword" booklet issued on May 16, 2019. This bulletin also rescinds OCC Bulletin 2019-23, "Comptroller's Handbook: Updated 'Foreword' Booklet and Rescissions," which transmitted version 2.1 of the booklet.

Note for Community Banks

This booklet applies to the OCC's supervision of community banks.1


The updated booklet

  • clarifies the OCC's methods for identifying updated content in Comptroller's Handbook booklets.
  • revises content for consistency with the Examination Process series of Comptroller's Handbook booklets.
  • includes information about the OCC's adoption of interagency examination procedures and Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council handbooks and manuals.

Further Information

Please contact Sarah Williams, National Bank Examiner and Core Policy Analyst, at (202) 649-6770.


Grovetta N. Gardineer
Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy

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1 "Banks" refers collectively to national banks, federal savings associations, covered savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations.