As risk and compliance managers look toward the new decade, they are hoping for several changes in the GRC landscape. Based on conversations with industry experts and customers, we've compiled 10 of the most important issues for compliance professionals. Here you give you a look at the first 5.
ONE: Regulatory Clarity
At the top of any GRC manager’s wish list is regulatory clarity for the financial services sector in 2010. In the depths of the financial crisis, the Obama administration promised financial services regulatory reform. President Obama himself remarked during his inaugural address: “But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control.”
But what has happened since then? A credit card bill was passed, but meaningful overhaul is still buried in the legislative process, and there are still major differences between the House and Senate versions of the critical elements of reg reform, including the systemic risk regulator, consumer protection and mortgage reform.
The political climate in Washington has shifted over the last year, and financial services reg reform is not the top priority for the administration — health care is (and now terrorism). In the end, as the political momentum behind reg reform fragments into competing alternatives, GRC managers are going to have to accept this uncertainty and the current regulatory structure, which may endure longer than expected.
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By: Gordon Burnes