Five U.S. senators are asking the Obama administration to move promptly to fill the insurance slot on the Financial Stability Oversight Council as well as to appoint the director of the Federal Insurance Office.
Both posts were created by the Dodd-Frank financial services reform law, but have yet to be filled by the administration.
Under the law, the Senate must confirm the administration’s nominee to the FSOC.
The letter was signed by Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska; Scott Brown, R-Mass.; David Vitter, R-La.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
“While one non-voting representative of the nation’s state insurance regulators has been appointed to the FSOC, we are very concerned that the other two positions remain vacant as the FSOC continues to make critically important decisions affecting banking and non-banking financial institutions without the benefit of additional insurance expertise and the vote of an insurance industry expert as required by law,” the letter said.
“We urge you and Secretary [Timothy] Geithner to fill these two vacancies promptly, so as not to delay the important work of the FSOC and to ensure that the insurance industry is represented as Congress intended,” the letter concluded.
The FSOC is currently debating the process it will use in determining if an insurance company is a potential risk to the financial system and therefore should be overseen by the Federal Reserve Board, as required by the Dodd-Frank law.