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UPDATE: Ocwen Offers Comment on National Mortgage Settlement Monitor's Report: Co. Working with OMSO on Two Issues Identified

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Ocwen Financial Corporation
(NYSE: OCN), a leading financial services holding company, has been working
closely with the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight (OMSO) on two issues
identified in the report covering the first six months of 2014, the National
Mortgage Settlement Monitor (Monitor) said in a public filing today.

"We will continue to support the Monitor's efforts to ensure that we are fully
compliant with all aspects of the National Mortgage Settlement," said CEO
Ronald Faris. "We are committed to delivering best-in-class servicing as we
work to help struggling borrowers keep their homes."

OMSO's fourth report on mortgage servicers' compliance with the National
Mortgage Settlement (NMS) discloses two items that precluded the Monitor from
reporting on Ocwen's progress for the first half of 2014. The first concerns
the processes used by the company's NMS Internal Review Group (IRG) and was
flagged by a complaint from an IRG employee. The IRG is responsible for
reporting on Ocwen's compliance with the NMS. The second issue concerns the
letter dating issue raised by the New York Department of Financial Services in
October.

In response to the first concern, Ocwen has taken the following actions:

* Implemented a set of governing principles for the IRG which were reviewed
with the Monitor.
* Reorganized the IRG so that it now reports directly to the Compliance
Committee of the Board of Directors instead of to Internal Audit.
* Installed new IRG management.

In response to the second concern, Ocwen has presented to the Monitor the
steps it has and is taking to investigate and remediate the issue, including:

* Creating a Master Corrective Action Plan.
* Establishing a claims process for borrowers potentially harmed by any
misdated letters.

The Monitor's report acknowledges that Ocwen has been cooperative and has made
clear through its actions its commitment to restore the reliability of its
system of record and the accuracy of the dates on its correspondence.

To the extent the Monitor determines that Ocwen did not meet the minimum
compliance standards mandated by the NMS in any period, Ocwen will file a
corrective action plan in accordance with the NMS protocols.

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