YEAR-2000 FAILURES: The Exam Council on May 6 issued supplementary guidelines on year-2000 contingency planning. Written in question-and- answer format, the guidelines clarify what steps banks are required to take to prepare for the aftermath of a year-2000 failure.

DIGITAL SIGNATURE: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on May 6 published guidelines for national banks that plan to act as a certification authority for electronic signatures. Banks involved in this business must have adequate systems in place to ensure consumers are correctly identified and must maintain an accurate data base of electronic signatures.

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