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OCC Bulletin 2013-22 | October 7, 2013

Windows XP Operating System: Joint Statement


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

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)1 today issued a joint statement alerting financial institutions that the discontinuation of support (also known as end of life) for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system (XP) could present operational risks to financial institutions, technology service providers (TSP), and to activities supported by other third parties.

Effective April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer market, support, or provide regular security patches for XP. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) expects national banks, federal savings associations, and their TSPs to identify, assess, and manage these risks to ensure that safety, soundness, and the ability to deliver products and services are not compromised.

Questions regarding the FFIEC statement should be directed to the OCC’s Bank Information Technology Division at (202) 649‑6340.


Carolyn G. DuChene
Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk

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 1 The FFIEC members include the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the State Liaison Committee, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.