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Statement 9: Information Sharing

The ASC believes that the routine exchange of certain information among lenders, State agencies and the ASC is essential to meeting the goals of Title XI.

A.    National Registry Data

It is critical for State agencies to report expeditiously to the ASC any disciplinary action taken against an appraiser. At a minimum, this information must be submitted with the State’s monthly, or more frequent, Registry data submission. For the most serious disciplinary actions, i.e., suspensions and revocations, we strongly encourage the State to notify us immediately, and we will update the Registry database. States with Internet e-mail accounts will receive automated notification of all suspensions and revocations.

B.    Information Pertaining to Appraiser Conduct and Practices

1.      State Agency/Lender Communications

Title XI requires “any federally recognized entity,” e.g., a federally regulated institution, to report any action of a State certified or licensed appraiser that is contrary to the purposes of Title XI to the appropri­ate State agency for disposition. In turn, the State agency must provide the ASC with a report regarding the disposition of such a matter.

The ASC believes that full implementation of this Title XI requirement is vital to the integrity of the system of State appraiser regulation. By promptly reporting instances of incompetent or unethical behavior of appraisers to State agencies, State agencies are able to investigate appraiser actions and en­sure that a resulting suspension or revocation of an appraiser’s certificate or license is communicated expeditiously to the ASC. At that point, the ASC removes the appraiser’s name and related information from the National Registry, thereby preventing the appraiser from legally performing appraisals in con­nection with federally related transactions or for other transactions requiring the use of State certified or licensed appraisers. As part of its State agency monitoring process, the ASC evaluates the effectiveness with which each State agency follows up complaints from financial institutions and other persons who report instances of appraiser incompetence or unethical behavior.

2.      Communications Among State Agencies

Title XI contemplates the reasonably free movement of certified and licensed appraisers across State lines. This freedom of movement assumes, however, that certified and licensed appraisers are, in all cases, held accountable and responsible for their actions while performing appraisal activities. To ensure this accountability, State agencies need to establish routine ways to communicate with each other regarding matters of mutual interest, including the activities and status of persons who are certified or licensed in multiple States. The ASC Web site provides one such source of information and communication.

C. ASC Information “Clearing House” Operations

To facilitate the development of reciprocity among the States and the creation of State appraiser trainee/apprentice/intern programs, the ASC is developing a database of information that will be avail­able to State agencies outlining each State’s reciprocity requirements and interstate agreements as well as

the features of existing appraiser trainee/apprentice/intern programs. The ASC is urging: (1) each State to maintain with the ASC a listing of all reciprocity agreements with other States (together with copies of such agreements), and (2) each State with a trainee/apprentice/intern program to maintain with the ASC a current summary of the program’s requirements and features. Information regarding reciprocity, trainee programs, and other issues, such as Temporary Practice provisions, is maintained on the ASC Web site.