The House committee is requesting a briefing by the New York Fed on the status of its investigations, and "all documents or communications related to any review conducted by the NY Fed of its own information technology."
The committee said its jurisdiction over the matter stems from its oversight of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Federal Information Security Management act of 2014, which created an overall effort to protect government information.
"In light of the recent cyber attacks on our global financial systems, the Committee believes it is imperative to receive information from the NY Fed about its response, its oversight of SWIFT, the status of the investigation, and any remedial steps taken to address vulnerabilities," Smith wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by CNBC. "The question of bringing those responsible to justice is an important one. To date, investigators have not publicly announced significant progress."
Although officials at the New York Fed have been careful to distance themselves from any electronic security problems related to SWIFT or its customers, the House committee asserts that the New York Fed has a role in overseeing the Belgium based consortium.
SWIFT, formally known as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, has struggled to push the normally secretive international banks it works with to begin sharing information on the unprecedented wave of cyberattacks targeting the global financial community. In May it urged its customers around the world to tell SWIFT if they see cyberattacks or fraud. In a statement, the consortium said the Bangladesh hack was part of an ongoing campaign by unknown attackers, an effort SWIFT called a wide and "highly adaptive campaign targeting banks."