New OCC Guidance: Merchant Processing Guidance Highlights Third Party Risks

OCC issues revised guidance (OCC Bulletin 2014-41) on Merchant Processing as regulators continue to increase focus on third party risk. In their revised guidance the OCC stresses the need for expanded due diligence of third party card processors. The guidance reinforces the OCC’s concept of managing third party service providers throughout the entire vendor lifecycle by focusing first on the due diligence necessary for vendor selection.