US lawmakers urge FSOC to designate cloud-based storage systems used by major banks as systemically important financial market utilities.

By Alan W. Avery, Victoria McGrath, and Pia Naib

In an August 22, 2019, letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in his capacity as chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Congresswoman Katie Porter and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez urged Secretary Mnuchin to designate the three leading cloud-based storage systems used by major banks — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud — as systemically important financial market utilities (SIFMUs). This designation would subject such cloud-based storage systems to supervision and regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve). Citing Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was enacted to promote stability in the financial system, the Congresswomen highlighted the dependence on cloud services by banks and financial institutions for their data needs and the subsequent risks such services pose to the safety and stability of the financial system.