The Comptroller of the Currency is the senior official at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and their duties include overseeing 1,200 national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks that collectively perform 70% of all banking business in the US.
Barr’s possible nomination comes a month after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it is suing Ripple for the sale of an unregistered security in the form of XRP. The prospective Comptroller of the Currency nominee joined Ripple Labs’ advisory board in July 2015. He left in 2017.
At the time of joining Ripple Labs as an advisor, Barr said the global payments system is “badly outdated.” He argued that “innovation in payments can help make the financial system safer, reduce cost, and improve access and efficiency for consumers and businesses alike.”
In a U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Community Affairs hearing in July 2019, Baradaran said cryptocurrencies are not the “best solution” for the shortcomings of the traditional financial industry.
“While I share many of the cryptocurrency industry’s concerns with respect to failures of the banking industry, I do not believe cryptocurrency is the best solution to the problems of financial inclusion and equity in banking.”
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