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WBA Legal has prepared a new toolkit to help senior management, commercial lenders, loan processors, compliance officers, and others involved with small business lending to better understand the impact of CFPB’s recently proposed small business rule on the bank. Once finalized, the requirement to collect and report certain data about small business credit applicants will have a dramatic impact on current application and processing operations and record retention.  

A PowerPoint summarizing CFPB’s proposed rule has been created for use by staff who seek to present the main components of the proposal to lending and processing staff. The PowerPoint provides a background, proposed compliance dates, information regarding covered financial institutions, definition of small business, minority-owned and women-owned business, definition of covered application and covered credit transaction, what data must be collected, and reporting information.  

In addition to the PowerPoint, the toolkit also includes a complete outline of the proposed rule, including the proposed commentary and several appendices. CFPB’s proposed rule summary and a data point chart are also included.  

CFPB is accepting comments regarding its proposal. WBA hopes each bank will take into consideration the information provided in this toolkit, assess the proposal’s impact on the bank, and provide comment to CFPB regarding such impact.  

WBA Legal will be creating a draft comment letter for use by members to reply to CFPB regarding concerns and impact of the proposal on banks. WBA encourages each bank to consider submitting its own letter reflecting bank-specific information.  

Feel free to contact WBA Legal at wbalegal@wisbank.com regarding CFPB’s proposal.

Rose Oswald PoelsBy Rose Oswald Poels

Last week for the first time in two years, I was back in Washington D.C. with a small group of nine bankers from Wisconsin for meetings with banking regulators and a few members of Congress. Joining WBA was a delegation of six bankers and two staff from the Illinois Bankers Association. While our meetings with regulators were still virtual, all meetings were productive affording the smaller group of bankers ample time to ask questions and hear directly from senior officials about a wide variety of issues.

We began the first day in the afternoon with briefings from the FDIC and OCC. FDIC Board Director Martin Gruenberg led the conversation highlighting the fact that while the FDIC anticipated stress in the banking system heading into the pandemic that did not materialize and notably, there have not been any bank failures in 2021. Areas of focus for the FDIC remain on commercial real estate, tailoring climate change risk concerns based on the impact to different markets and/or the size of the institution, and on the impact of non-bank companies to the financial system. OCC Acting Director Michael Hsu led the discussion with bankers emphasizing his support for community banks, his understanding of the need to tailor regulation to the size and complexity of each institution, and robust discussions around both FinTechs and climate change.

The next day featured conversations with FinCEN and CFPB. Naturally, the discussion with FinCEN was largely around the status of their development of a beneficial ownership registry which remains in process. Until one is finally launched, banks will still have to follow the current beneficial ownership rules. A representative from FinCEN’s Financial Intelligence Division indicated that they have seen an increase in all types of crime notably COVID-19 fraud, work at home scams, cyberthreats of all types (e.g. ransomware and account takeovers), and illicit use of cryptocurrency. The primary focus of our conversation and questions with the CFPB was around the upcoming Section 1071, small business data collection proposal. The bankers took turns stressing the hardships of the current proposal and asking for an extension of the comment period deadline so that the industry had adequate time to respond to the many issues raised in the over 900-page document. CFPB staff indicated that they have been in meetings with the core providers on this proposal already to help prep them ahead of time so that data collection would be easier once the proposal is finalized.

These meetings are impactful largely due to the proactive engagement of the bankers in the room. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities as they arise and be involved because each regulator we met with unequivocally stated they want to hear directly from bankers about the impact proposals have on their operations. While WBA certainly represents the industry’s concerns, bankers truly make the best advocates in sharing specific examples about the impact on the operations of individual banks.

The long awaited proposed rule regarding the collection and reporting of small business lending data as required by Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act has finally been released by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). Unfortunately, the proposed rule is as broad and onerous as the industry expected it to be as it will be costly to train, implement, and monitor. The proposal would revise Regulation B, which implements the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), to require the collection and reporting to CFPB certain data on applications for credit by small businesses. The proposal is substantial; however, below is a brief summary of the proposed rule.

Who Must Collect Data

The first step of analysis for any proposal is to identify whether it will apply to the bank. In this case, the proposal is broad and will very likely apply to all banks in Wisconsin. As proposed, if a bank originates at least 25 credit transactions that are considered “covered credit transactions” to “small businesses” in each of the two preceding years, the proposed rule will apply to the bank. Generally, a “small business” under the proposal is a business that had $5 million or less in gross annual revenue for its preceding fiscal year.

What CFPB has proposed be considered a “covered credit transaction” is a bit trickier an analysis but is generally the same as what is considered an application under the existing Regulation B definition of “application.” The proposed term does; however, exclude reevaluation requests, extension requests, or renewal requests on an existing business credit account, unless the request seeks additional credit amounts; also excluded is an inquiry or prequalification request.

What Data is to be Collected

Next, the data to be collected. Dodd-Frank Act Section 1071 identified certain data that must be collected by CFPB; the law also gave CFPB discretion to collect additional data. CFPB has incorporated all Dodd-Frank Act required data and several discretional data into its proposal. In particular, banks must collect a unique identifier of each application, application date, application method, application recipient, action taken by bank on the application, date action taken, denial reasons, amount applied for, amount originated or approved, and pricing information including interest rate, total origination charges, broker fees, initial annual charges, additional cost for merchant cash advances or other sales-based financing, and prepayment penalties.

Banks must also collect credit type, credit purpose, information related to the applicant’s business such as census tract, NAICS code and gross annual revenue for applicant’s preceding fiscal year, number of applicant’s non-owner workers, applicant’s time in business, and number of applicant’s principal owners.

There is also demographic information about the applicant’s principal owners to collect. These data points include minority- and women-owned business status, and the ethnicity, race, and sex of the applicant’s principal owners. The proposal also requires banks to maintain procedures to collect applicant-provided data at a time and in a manner that is reasonably designed to obtain a response, addresses how banks are to report certain data if data are not obtainable from an applicant, when banks are permitted to rely on statements made by an applicant, when banks must verify applicant’s responses to certain data collected, and when banks may reuse certain data collected in certain circumstances such as when data was collected within the same calendar year as a current covered application and when the bank has no reason to believe the data are inaccurate.

When and How Data Must be Reported

Banks would be required to collect data on a calendar-year basis and report the data to CFPB by June 1 of the following year. CFPB has proposed to provide technical instructions for the submission of data in a Filing Instructions Guide and related materials.

The submitted data is also to be made available to the public on an annual basis. Banks would be required to make the reported data available on their website, or otherwise upon request, or must provide a statement that the bank’s small business lending application register is available on CFPB’s website. Model language for such statement has been proposed by CFPB.

Limit of Certain Bank Personnel’s Access to Certain Data

The proposed rule implements a requirement under Section 1071 that banks limit certain employees’ and officers’ access to certain data. CFPB refers to this as the “firewall.” Pursuant to the proposed rule, an employee or officer of a bank or bank’s affiliate who are involved in making any determination concerning the applicant’s covered application would be prohibited from accessing an applicant’s responses to inquiries that the bank made regarding whether the applicant is a minority- or woman-owned business. Such employees are also restricted from information about an applicant’s ethnicity, race, and sex of the applicant’s principal owners.

There are exceptions to the requirement if it is not feasible to limit such access, as that factor is further set forth in the proposal. If an exception is permissible under the proposal, notice must be given to the application regarding such access. Again, CFPB has created model language for such notice.

Recordkeeping and Enforcement

The proposal establishes certain recordkeeping requirements, including a three year retention period for small business lending application registers. The proposal also includes a requirement to maintain an applicant’s responses to Section 1071 inquiries regarding whether an applicant is a minority- or women-owned business, and responses regarding the ethnicity, race, and sex of the applicant’s principal owners, separate from the rest of the application and accompanying information.

The proposal does include enforcement for violations of the new rules, addresses bona fide errors, and provides for a safe harbor.

Learn More and Get Involved

The proposal and additional information, including a chart of the proposed data collection points, may be viewed at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/rules-policy/rules-under-development/small-businesslending-data-collection-under-equal-credit-opportunity-act-regulation-b/

WBA will comment on the proposal and will create a template letter for bankers to use in providing their own comments to CFPB regarding the impact the proposal will have on the bank. Comments are due 90 days from publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. At time of publication of the article, the proposal had not yet been published. CFPB has proposed mandatory compliance of a final rule be eighteen months after its effective date. WBA Legal is creating a working group to collect data and concerns from Wisconsin’s bankers on the proposal. If you wish to be part of the working group, please contact WBA Legal at wbalegal@wisbank.com.

This article originally ran in the September 2021 edition of the WBA Compliance Journal, to view the entire publication, click here.

This is the Special Focus section of the September 2020 edition of Compliance Journal, click here to view the entire edition.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) has proposed the creation of a new category of qualified mortgages (QM) named Seasoned QM.  

As a general matter, the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule (ATR Rule) requires a creditor to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay a residential mortgage loan according to its terms. Loans that meet the ATR Rule requirements for QMs obtain certain protections from liability. CFPB stated it created the Seasoned QM category to complement existing QM definitions and to help ensure access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit—especially given the upcoming sunset of the temporary GSE QM category. CFPB also stated it seeks to encourage safe and responsible innovation in the mortgage origination market, including for certain loans that are not QMs or are only rebuttable presumption QMs under existing QM categories. 

Under the proposed rule, a covered transaction would receive a safe harbor from ATR liability at the end of a 36-month seasoning period as a Seasoned QM if it satisfies certain product restrictions, points-and-fees limits, and underwriting requirements. The following is an overview of the restrictions and requirements of the proposed Seasoned QM. 

Product Restrictions and Underwriting Requirements 

A covered transaction must meet the following product restrictions to be eligible to become a Seasoned QM: 

  1. The loan is secured by a first lien; 
  2. The loan has a fixed rate, with fully amortizing payments, and no balloon payment; 
  3. The loan term does not exceed 30 years; and 
  4. The total points and fees do not exceed 3 percent of the loan amount.  

For a loan to be eligible to become a Seasoned QM, the proposal requires that the bank consider the consumer’s debt-to-income (DTI) ratio or residual income and verify the consumer’s debt obligations and income. Similar to the existing Small Creditor QM category, the proposal does not specify a DTI limit. Additionally, the bank is not required to use Appendix Q to Regulation Z in calculating and verifying debt and income. The proposed commentary provides that a loan that complies with the consider and verify requirements of any other QM definition is deemed to comply with the consider and verify requirements of the Seasoned QM.  

Portfolio Requirement 

The proposed rule also sets forth a portfolio requirement for the new category. To be a Seasoned QM, the covered transaction cannot be subject, at consummation, to a commitment to be acquired by another person; and, legal title to the covered transaction cannot be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred to another person before the end of the seasoning period. The proposal provides for two exemptions from this portfolio requirement in that the covered transaction may be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred to another person pursuant to a capital restoration plan or prompt correction action, other action or instruction from a person acting as conservator, receiver, or bankruptcy trustee, or an order of the bank’s state or federal regulator. The covered transaction may also be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred pursuant to a merger or acquisition of the bank with another person. 

The exemptions to the portfolio requirement apply not only to an initial sale, assignment, or other transfer by the originating creditor, but to subsequent sales, assignments, and other transfers as well. For example, assume Bank A originates a covered transaction that is not a QM at origination. Six months after consummation, the covered transaction is transferred to Bank B pursuant to merger of the two banks. The transfer does not violate the portfolio requirements of the proposed rule because the transfer is as a result of a merger. If Bank B sells the covered transaction before the end of the seasoning period, the covered transaction is not eligible to season into a QM under the Seasoned QM rules unless the sale falls within one of the two listed exemptions.  

As outlined, a covered transaction sold pursuant to a capital restoration plan under a prompt corrective action before the end of the seasoning period does not violate the proposed rule’s portfolio requirements. However, if the bank simply chose to sell the same covered transaction as one way to comply with general regulatory capital requirements in the absence of supervisory action or agreement, then the covered transaction cannot become a QM as a Seasoned QM, though it could qualify under another definition of QM.  

Seasoning Period 

The “seasoning period” means a period of 36 months beginning on the date on which the first periodic payment is due after consummation of the covered transaction, except that if there is a delinquency of 30-days or more at the end of the 36th month of the seasoning period, the seasoning period does not end until there is no delinquency. The seasoning period also does not include any period during which the consumer is in a temporary payment accommodation extended in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency, provided that during or at the end of the temporary payment accommodation there is a qualifying change or the customer cures the loan’s delinquency under its original terms.  

If during or at the end of the temporary payment accommodation in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency there is a qualifying change or the consumer cures the loan’s delinquency under its original terms, the seasoning period consists of the period from the date on which the first periodic payment was due after consummation of the covered transaction to the beginning of the temporary payment accommodation and an additional period immediately after the temporary payment accommodation ends, which together must equal at least 36 months.  

The proposed rule defines a “qualifying change” to mean an agreement that: (a) is entered into during or after a temporary payment accommodation in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency and must end any pre-existing delinquency on the loan obligation when the agreement takes effect; (b) the amount of interest charged over the full term of the loan does not increase as a result of the agreement; (c) there is no fee charged in connection with the agreement; and (d) all existing late fees, penalties, stop payment fees, or similar charges are promptly waived upon the consumer’s acceptance of the agreement.  

A “temporary payment accommodation in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency” is defined to mean temporary payment relief granted to a consumer due to financial hardship caused directly or indirectly by a presidentially declared emergency or major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act or a presidentially declared pandemic-related national emergency under the National Emergencies Act. Examples of temporary payment accommodations in connection with a disaster or pandemic-related national emergency include, but are not limited to, a trial loan modification plan, a temporary payment forbearance program, or a temporary repayment plan.  

Consumer Payment Performance Requirements 

The proposed rule also requires certain payment performances by the consumer. To be a Seasoned QM, the covered transaction must have no more than two delinquencies of 30 or more days and no delinquencies of 60 or more days at the end of the seasoning period. “Delinquency” is defined in the proposed rule to mean the failure to make a periodic payment (in one full payment or in two or more partial payments) sufficient to cover principal, interest, and, if applicable, escrow by the date the periodic payment is due under the terms of the legal obligation. Other amounts, such as any late fees, are not considered for this purpose. The “due date” is the date the payment is due under the terms of the legal obligation, without regard to whether the consumer is afforded a period after the due date to pay before being accessed a late fee.  

Further, a periodic payment is 30 days delinquent when it is not paid before the due date of the following scheduled periodic payment. A periodic payment is 60 days delinquent if the consumer is more than 30 days delinquent on the first of two sequential scheduled periodic payments and does not make both sequential scheduled payments before the due date of the next scheduled periodic payment after the two sequential scheduled periodic payments. For example, assume a loan is consummated on October 15, 2022, that the consumer’s periodic payment is due on the 1st of each month, and that the consumer timely made the first periodic payment due on December 1, 2022. For purposes of determining delinquency under the proposed rule, the consumer is 30 days delinquent if the consumer fails to make a payment (sufficient to cover the scheduled January 1, 2023 periodic payment of principal, interest, and, if applicable, escrow) before February 1, 2023. The consumer is 60 days delinquent if the consumer then fails to make two payments (sufficient to cover the scheduled January 1, 2023 and February 1, 2023 periodic payments of principal, interest, and, if applicable, escrow) before March 1, 2023.  

For any given billing cycle for which a consumer’s payment is less than the periodic payment due, a consumer is not delinquent as defined in the proposed rule if: (a) the servicer chooses not to treat the payment as delinquent for purposes of RESPA, Regulation X, if applicable; (b) the payment is deficient by $50 or less; and (c) there are not more than three such deficient payments treated as not delinquent during the seasoning period.  

Conclusion  

CFPB has proposed the creation of a Seasoned QM category as means to complement existing QM definitions and to help ensure access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit. A covered transaction would receive a safe harbor from ATR liability at the end of a 36-month seasoning period as a Seasoned QM if it satisfies certain product restrictions, points-and-fees limits, and underwriting requirements as outlined above.  

CFPB has proposed that a final rule relating to the proposal would take effect on the same date as a final rule to amend the General QM definition. Comments regarding the proposed Seasoned QM category were initially due September 28, 2020; however, CFPB has
since extended the comment period until October 1, 2020. WBA plans to file comments in general support of the proposal while offering several recommendations of change for CFPB to consider. Click here to view the proposal.

By, Ally Bates

In a letter filed with CFPB, WBA stated general support to implement EGRRCPA section 108 to exempt from Regulation Z’s HPML escrow rules any loan made by a financial institution that is secured by a first lien on the principal dwelling of a consumer if the institution: (1) has assets of $10 billion or less; (2) together with its affiliates originated 1,000 or fewer loans secured by a first lien on a principal dwelling during the preceding calendar year; and (3) meets certain existing HPML escrow exemptions criteria. The new exemption is in addition to existing HPML escrow exemptions. 

To help alleviate the potential that an institution inadvertently makes itself ineligible for the new exemption, the proposal would also modify a May 1, 2016 date within the current HPML escrow exemption requirements to a new end date that will be approximately 90 days after the effective date of the forthcoming final rule.  

While WBA stated general support, WBA recommended the 90-day prerequisite be extended to no less than 120 days as additional time is needed for financial institutions to identify and adapt to the changes made by the proposed rule. The letter may be viewed below: 

  

By, Ally Bates

On July 7, 2020, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued two new frequently asked questions regarding Regulation C, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), reporting requirements for financial institutions. The FAQs discuss reporting of multiple data points when certain factors are relied upon in making a credit decision. 

Multiple Data Points 

The first question asks whether financial institutions are required to report the credit score, debt-to-income ratio (DTI), and combined loan-to-value ratio (CLTV) relied on in making a credit decision when such data is not the dispositive factor? CFPB responds that yes, credit underwriting data such as credit score, DTI, and CLTV must be reported if they were a factor relied on in making a credit decision—even if the data was not the dispositive factor.  
 
For purposes of Regulation C, it does not matter whether the application is approved or denied; if certain data was relied on in making a credit decision, such data must be reported. For example, if the credit score was relied on in making a credit decision, the credit score must be reported. If the financial institution denied the application because the application did not satisfy one or more underwriting requirements other than the credit score, the financial institution is still required to report the credit score relied on. The same analysis applies to the reporting of CLTV and DTI.  

The second question asks if, when income and property value are factors in the credit decision, though not the dispositive factor, should such data points be reported? CFPB responds that yes, when a credit decision is made, Regulation C requires reporting of the data “relied on in making the credit decision.” Hence, if these data are relied on in making a credit decision, such data must be reported.  

There is no requirement in Regulation C for either of these data points to be the dispositive factor in order to be reported. Specifically, the commentary explains that when a financial institution evaluates income as part of a credit decision, it must report the gross annual income relied on in making the credit decision. For example, if an institution relies on the verified gross income of an applicant to make a credit decision, the institution is required to report the verified gross income. The comment does not state that verified gross annual income must be dispositive in the credit decision.  

The commentary also provides a similar narrative for property value. Income and property value apply the relied-on standard in a similar way to credit score, DTI, and CLTV and should, therefore, be reported if relied on in making a credit decision.  

Conclusion 

The FAQs emphasize specific factors that, when relied upon in making a credit decision, must be reported. The data points are required even when the information is not the dispositive factor in a credit decision. 
 
The FAQs can be found here. 

By, Ally Bates

Today, WBA commented on CFPB's interim final rule to amend Regulation X to temporarily permit mortgage servicers to offer certain loss mitigation options based on the evaluation of an incomplete loss mitigation application. WBA's comments generally supported the rule for its temporary solutions offered to borrowers in forbearance as a result of COVID-19. WBA also recommended that the options be expanded, so that they might be utilized in the event of future emergencies. 

Read the full letter.

By, Ally Bates

On June 4, 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (proposal) to address the sunset of LIBOR, which is expected to be discontinued after 2021. The proposal would provide examples of replacement indices that meet certain Regulation Z (Reg Z) standards, permit creditors new means to transition home equity lines of credit and credit card accounts from LIBOR to a replacement index, and address change-in-terms notice provisions.

Reg Z contains separate provisions for open-end credit that is home secured and open-end credit that is not home secured. These distinctions are important for identifying applicability of various rules, and the proposal amends each separate rule appropriately. However, from a conceptual standpoint, the changes are fundamentally similar. To present these fundamental changes in a manner that is simpler to understand from a conceptual standpoint, and to avoid redundancy, provisions for open-end home-secured and not home-secured plans have been presented together.

Open-end Credit Subsequent Disclosure Requirements

Reg Z specifies when change-in-terms notifications must be sent to consumers. The transition from LIBOR may trigger certain notification requirements, which CFPB seeks to clarify in the proposal. For example, the proposal would specify that any change-in-terms notice must include any replacement index, including any adjusted margin, regardless of whether the margin is reduced or increased. Reg Z Section 1026.9(c) contains rules for when written change-in-terms notifications are required, both for open-end credit plans secured by the consumer’s dwelling and open-end not home-secured plans. Those rules can be summarized in a way that is relevant to the proposal as follows:1

  • For open-end credit plans secured by the consumer’s dwelling, a creditor must provide a notice whenever a term required to be disclosed (required term) is changed, or the required minimum periodic payment is increased.
  • For open-end (not home-secured) plans, a creditor must provide a notice whenever a significant change in required account terms is made.
  • Both rules provide an exception from notice requirements when the change involves a reduction of any component of a finance or other charge.

Because the index is a required term, a creditor must provide a change-in-terms notice disclosing the index that is replacing the LIBOR index for both open-end credit plans secured by the consumer’s dwelling and for non-home-secured plans. The exception does not apply to the index change, regardless of whether there is also a change in the index value or margin that involves a reduction in a finance or other charge.

Reg Z currently requires notification of a margin change if the margin is increasing. However, a decrease in the margin would be excepted from the notification requirements because the change would involve a reduction in a component of a finance or other charge. The proposal would revise the exception when the change involves a reduction of any component of a finance or other charge so that it does not apply on or after Oct. 1, 2021, where the creditor is reducing the margin when a LIBOR index is replaced. Thus, the proposal would make it clear that a change-in-terms notice for any replacement index must include any adjusted margin regardless of whether the margin is reduced or increased.

The Truth in Lending Act generally requires that changes in disclosures have an effective date of the 1st of October that is at least six months after the date the final rule is adopted. However, in the proposal, CFPB notes that creditors may want to provide the information about the decreased margin in the change-in-terms notice even if they replace the LIBOR index and adjust the margin earlier than Oct. 1, 2021.

Requirements for Home Equity Plans and Credit Cards

Reg Z generally prohibits a creditor from changing the terms of a HELOC except under certain circumstances. Additionally, Reg Z Subpart G contains rules implementing requirements under the Credit CARD Act. In the case of a credit card account under an open-end consumer credit plan, a card issuer may not increase an APR (or certain other charges) except under certain circumstances.

Existing unavailability provisions exist for both HELOC plans and credit card plans, which permits the creditor to change the index and margin. In both instances, the proposal would revise existing unavailability provisions, primarily for technical, conforming, and clarification purposes. The proposal would also create LIBOR-specific provisions and permit a creditor to use either those new provisions or the existing, updated unavailability provisions.

Reg Z currently provides that a creditor may change the index and margin used under either plan under certain circumstances, namely beginning with the situation where the original index has become no longer available. The proposal would update both existing unavailability provisions so that a creditor may change the index and margin used under the plan if the original index is no longer available, the replacement index has historical fluctuations substantially similar to that of the original index, and the replacement index and replacement margin would have resulted in an APR substantially similar to the rate in effect at the time the original index became unavailable. The proposal would also provide that if the replacement index is newly established and therefore does not have any rate history, it may be used if it and the replacement margin will produce an APR substantially similar to the rate in effect when the original index became unavailable. Thus, the proposal would change the existing requirements in the following three ways:

  1. Using the term “historical fluctuations” rather than the term “historical movement” to refer to the original index and the replacement index. This would primarily be a technical change with the revised definition being shaped by conforming changes throughout the rule.
  2. Including a provision regarding newly established indices. A similar provision currently exists in Reg Z requiring newly established indices to produce a rate substantially similar to the original index. The proposal would clarify that the creditor using a newly established index may adjust the margin in order to produce a substantially similar APR.
  3. The terms “replacement index” and “replacement index and replacement margin” are used instead of “new index” and “new index and margin.” This proposed change is intended to avoid any confusion when the rule refers to a replacement index and replacement margin as opposed to a newly established index.

The proposal would also add new LIBOR-specific provisions to Reg Z. These provisions would permit creditors for both types of plans that use a LIBOR index under the plan to replace the LIBOR index and change the margins for calculating the variable rates on or after March 15, 2021, under certain circumstances, without needing to wait for LIBOR to become unavailable.

Specifically, the proposal would provide that if a variable rate is calculated using a LIBOR index, a creditor may replace the LIBOR index and change the margin for calculating the variable rate on or after March 15, 2021, as long as:

  1. The historical fluctuations in the LIBOR index and replacement index were substantially similar; and
  2. The replacement index value in effect on Dec. 31, 2020, and replacement margin will produce an APR substantially similar to the rate calculated using the LIBOR index value in effect on Dec. 31, 2020, and the margin that applied to the variable rate immediately prior to the replacement of the LIBOR index used under the plan.

Additionally, if the replacement index is newly established and therefore does not have any rate history, it may be used if the replacement index value in effect on December 31, 2020, and the replacement margin will produce an APR substantially similar to the rate calculated using the LIBOR index value in effect on Dec. 31, 2020, and the margin that applied to the variable rate immediately prior to the replacement of the LIBOR index used under the plan.

Card Issuer Reevaluation of Rate Increases

Reg Z contains provisions that requires a card issuer to perform an ongoing review for credit card accounts when an APR is increased. Thus, if the LIBOR transition results in an APR increase, a card issuer would be required to complete an analysis reevaluating the rate on that account every 6 months until certain requirements are met. For this purpose, LIBOR must be used as the comparison index.

The proposal would create an exception for those card issuers that transitioned from LIBOR using either Reg Z’s existing unavailability provision, or the proposal’s LIBOR-specific provision discussed above. The proposal also would provide instructions on how to replace LIBOR as a benchmark for comparison for card issuers who were already required to perform a review as of March 15, 2021.

Where the transition results in an APR increase, no analysis reevaluating the rate would be required. The proposal also would provide instructions on how to replace LIBOR as a benchmark for comparison for card issuers who were already required to perform a §1026.59 review as of March 15, 2021.

Closed-end Considerations

Pursuant to Reg Z, if a creditor changes the index of a variable-rate closed-end loan to an index that is not a “comparable index,” the index change may constitute a refinancing for purposes of Regulation Z, triggering certain requirements. The proposal would provide an example of an index that is a “comparable index” to LIBOR for closed-end products. Specifically, CFPB would add an illustrative example to identify the Secured Overnight Financing Rate-based spread-adjusted replacement indices recommended by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee as an example of a “comparable index” for the LIBOR indices that they are intended to replace.

Conclusion

CFPB’s proposal would provide examples of replacement indices for LIBOR, permit a means for creditors to transition existing accounts that use LIBOR to a replacement index, address change-in-terms notice provisions, and address the rate reevaluation provisions applicable to credit card accounts. Financial institutions using LIBOR as an index for calculating rates for open-end and closed-end products should consider how these changes affect their plans for the transition to replacement indices. As noted above, this article has been presented to understand the proposal on a conceptual level. As such, financial institutions should refer to the applicable provisions within the proposal itself depending on the types of products they offer for more specific requirements. CFPB has also provided FAQs (which includes other transition topics in addition to the proposal) and “fast facts” regarding the proposal. 

Questions can also be directed to the WBA Legal Call program at wbalegal@wisbank.com.

CFPB’s Proposed Rule
FAQ
Fast Facts

Birrenkott is WBA assistant director – legal. 

Note: The above information is not intended to provide legal advice; rather, it is intended to provide general information about banking issues. Consult your institution's attorney for special legal advice or assistance.

The requirements as presented in this article are summarized to better present the proposal and do not represent an accurate summary of requirements in their totality. See Reg Z Sections 1026.9(c)(1) and 1026.9(c)(2) for the full requirements. 

By, Amber Seitz

The below article is the Regulatory Spotlight section of the January 2020 Compliance Journal. The full issue may be viewed by clicking here.

Agencies Finalize Regulatory Capital Treatment for High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) Exposures.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are adopting a final rule to revise the definition of “high volatility commercial real estate (HVCRE) exposure” in the regulatory capital rule. This final rule conforms this definition to the statutory definition of “high volatility commercial real estate acquisition, development, or construction (HVCRE ADC) loan,” in accordance with section 214 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The final rule also clarifies the capital treatment for loans that finance the development of land under the revised HVCRE exposure definition. The final rule is effective 04/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-13/pdf/2019-26544.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 240, 12/13/2019, 68019-68034.

Agencies Finalize Amendment to Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are amending their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to adjust the asset-size thresholds used to define “small bank” or “small savings association” and “intermediate small bank” or “intermediate small savings association.” As required by the CRA regulations, the adjustment to the threshold amount is based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). The rule is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-27288.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71738-71740.

Agencies Propose Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) propose regulations that could encourage banks to provide billions more each year in Community Reinvestment Act-qualified lending, investment, and services by modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to better achieve the law’s underlying statutory purpose of encouraging banks to serve their communities by making the regulatory framework more objective, transparent, consistent, and easy to understand. To accomplish these goals, this proposed rule would strengthen the CRA regulations by clarifying which activities qualify for CRA credit, updating where activities count for CRA credit, creating a more transparent and objective method for measuring CRA performance, and providing for more transparent, consistent, and timely CRA-related data collection, recordkeeping, and reporting. Comments are due 03/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2019-27940.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 6, 01/09/2020, 1204-1265.

Agencies Announce Review of Definitions in Credit Risk Retention Regulations.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are providing notice of the commencement of the review of the definition of qualified residential mortgage; the community-focused residential mortgage exemption; and the exemption for qualifying three-to-four unit residential mortgage loans, in each case as currently set forth in the Credit Risk Retention Regulations as adopted by the agencies. Comments on the review are due 02/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-20/pdf/2019-27490.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 245, 12/20/2019, 70073-70076.

Agencies Extend Comment Period for Application of the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register on 10/31/2019 seeking information and comments from interested parties regarding the consistency of ratings assigned by the agencies under the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System (UFIRS). The agencies have determined that an extension of the comment period until 02/28/2020, is appropriate. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27848.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71413-71414.

Agencies Extend Comment Period for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) are reopening the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on 11/07/2019, to amend the agencies’ regulations that require swap dealers and security-based swap dealers under the agencies’ respective jurisdictions to exchange margin with their counterparties for swaps that are not centrally cleared (Proposed Swap Margin Amendments). Reopening the comment period that closed on 12/09/2019, will allow interested persons additional time to analyze and comment on the Proposed Swap Margin Amendments. The new comment due date is 01/23/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28052.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71833-71834.

CFPB Issues Fall 2019 Supervisory Highlights.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is issuing its twentieth edition of its Supervisory Highlights. In this special issue of Supervisory Highlights, CFPB reports examination findings in the areas of consumer reporting and furnishing of information to consumer reporting companies, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V. The report does not impose any new or different legal requirements, and all violations described in the report are based only on those specific facts and circumstances noted during those examinations. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-11/pdf/2019-26669.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 238, 12/11/2019, 67725-67732.

CFPB Amends Official Commentary on Regulation C.

CFPB is amending the official commentary that interprets the requirements of CFPB’s Regulation C (Home Mortgage Disclosure) to reflect the asset-size exemption threshold for banks, savings associations, and credit unions based on the annual percentage change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). Based on the 1.6 percent increase in the average of the CPI–W for the 12-month period ending in November 2019, the exemption threshold is adjusted to $47 million from $46 million. Therefore, banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets of $47 million or less as of 12/31/2019, are exempt from collecting data in 2020. The commentary is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-20/pdf/2019-27522.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 245, 12/20/2019, 69993-69995.

CFPB Amends Official Commentary of Regulation Z.

CFPB is amending the official commentary that interprets the requirements of the Bureau’s Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) to reflect a change in the asset-size threshold for certain creditors to qualify for an exemption to the requirement to establish an escrow account for a higher-priced mortgage loan. This amendment is based on the annual percentage change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). Based on the 1.6 percent increase in the average of the CPI–W for the 12-month period ending in November 2019, the exemption threshold is adjusted to $2.202 billion from $2.167 billion. Therefore, creditors with assets of less than $2.202 billion (including assets of certain affiliates) as of 12/31/2019, are exempt, if other requirements of Regulation Z also are met, from establishing escrow accounts for higher-priced mortgage loans in 2020. The commentary is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-23/pdf/2019-27523.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 246, 12/23/2019, 70410-70413.

CFPB Issues Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. 

CFPB published its agenda as part of the Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. CFPB reasonably anticipates having the regulatory matters identified below under consideration during the period from 10/01/2019, to 09/30/2020. The next agenda will be published in spring 2020 and will update this agenda through spring 2021. Publication of this agenda is in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). The information is current as of 07/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-26636.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 71232-71236.

FSOC Finalizes Interpretive Guidance on Authority to Require Supervision and Regulation of Certain Nonbank Financial Companies. 

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) issued a final interpretive guidance, which replaces FSOC’s existing interpretive guidance on nonbank financial company determinations, describes the approach FSOC intends to take in prioritizing its work to identify and address potential risks to U.S. financial stability using an activities-based approach, and enhancing the analytical rigor and transparency in the processes FSOC intends to follow if it were to consider making a determination to subject a nonbank financial company to supervision by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB). The guidance is effective 01/29/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-27108.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71740-71770.

FRB Issues Risk-Based Capital Surcharges for Global Systemically Important Bank Holding Companies.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) is providing notice of the 2019 aggregate global indicator amounts, as required under FRB’s rule regarding risk-based capital surcharges for global systemically important bank holding companies (GSIB surcharge rule). The aggregate global indicator amounts are in the table in the notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-19/pdf/2019-27414.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 244, 12/19/2019, 69744-69745.

FRB Issues Correction to Capital Simplification for Qualifying Community Banking Organizations.

FRB issued a notice regarding a final rule published in the Federal Register on 11/13/2019 that provides for a simple measure of capital adequacy for certain community banking organization. The final rule had two erroneous amendment instructions. The notice corrects those errors. The correction is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27717.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 70887.

FDIC Proposes Amendments to Policy Regarding Requests for Participation in the Affairs of an Insured Depository Institution by Convicted Individuals.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposes to revise the existing regulations requiring persons convicted of certain criminal offenses to obtain prior written consent before participating in the conduct of the affairs of any depository institution to incorporate the FDIC’s existing Statement of Policy, and to amend the regulations setting forth the FDIC’s procedures and standards applicable to an application to obtain the FDIC’s prior written consent. Following the issuance of final regulations, the FDIC’s existing Statement of Policy would be rescinded. The proposed incorporation of the Statement of Policy into the FDIC’s regulations would provide for greater transparency as to its application, provide greater certainty as to the FDIC’s application process and help both insured depository institutions and affected individuals to understand its impact and to potentially seek relief from its provisions. Comments are due 02/14/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-26351.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/14/2019, 68353-68363.

FDIC Rescinds Outdated Statements of Policy.

FDIC initiated a comprehensive review of its Statements of Policy to identify those that were outdated. Additionally, FDIC, in the 2017 report required by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act, committed to reviewing published guidance to identify any guidance that should be revised or rescinded because it is out-of-date or otherwise no longer relevant. In furtherance of these initiatives, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a proposal to rescind four FDIC Statements of Policy, which was published in the Federal Register on 09/30/2019, with a 30-day comment period. FDIC did not receive any comments on the proposed rescission of these Statements of Policy and is rescinding them effective 12/31/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-23/pdf/2019-27225.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 246, 12/23/2019, 70413-70415.  

FDIC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • FDIC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form. FDIC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/15/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-26981.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/16/2019, 68446-68449.
  • FDIC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Notification of Performance of Bank Services. FDIC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/07/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-08/pdf/2020-00058.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 5, 01/08/2020, 895-901.

FDIC Issues Notice of Designated Reserve Ratio for 2020.

FDIC designates that the Designated Reserve Ratio (DRR) for the Deposit Insurance Fund shall remain at 2 percent for 2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-18/pdf/2019-27235.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 243, 12/18/2019, 69373.

FDIC Issues Response to Exception Requests Pursuant to Recordkeeping for Timely Deposit Insurance Determination.

FDIC is providing notice to covered institutions that it has granted a time-limited exception concerning the requirement to maintain official custodian information in deposit account records for government deposit accounts, a time-limited exception concerning the requirement to maintain accurate beneficiary information in deposit account records for informal revocable trust accounts, and an indefinite exception concerning the requirement to maintain certain identifying information for beneficial owners of deposits in low balance, short-term prepaid card accounts. The grants of exception relief were effective 11/26/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-23/pdf/2019-27626.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 246, 12/23/2019, 70527-70528.

FDIC Issues Termination Receiverships.

FDIC as Receiver for former depository institutions, intends to terminate its receivership for the institutions listed in the notice. The liquidation of the assets for each receivership has been completed. To the extent permitted by available funds and in accordance with law, the Receiver will be making a final dividend payment to proven creditors. Based upon the foregoing, the Receiver has determined that the continued existence of the receiverships will serve no useful purpose. Consequently, notice is given that the receiverships shall be terminated, to be effective no sooner than thirty days after the date of this notice. If any person wishes to comment concerning the termination of any of the receiverships, such comment must be made in writing, identify the receivership to which the comment pertains, and be sent within thirty days of the date of this notice to: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Division of Resolutions and Receiverships, Attention: Receivership Oversight Department 34.6, 1601 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75201. No comments concerning the termination of the above-mentioned receiverships will be considered which are not sent within this time frame. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-19/pdf/2019-27397.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 244, 12/19/2019, 69743-69744.

OCC Proposes Amendments to Employment Contract Rule. 

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a proposed rule that would implement changes recommended in the March 2017 Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act report, including the repeal of the OCC’s employment contract rule for Federal savings associations, and amend the OCC’s fiduciary rules. The proposed rule also would amend the OCC’s rule for conversions from mutual to stock form of a savings association to reduce burden, increase flexibility, and update cross-references. Additionally, the proposed rule would update cross-references to repealed and integrated rules, remove unnecessary definitions, and make technical changes to other OCC rules. Comments are due 03/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-08/pdf/2019-28074.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 5, 01/08/2020, 1052-1081.

OCC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Extensions of Credit to Insiders and Transactions with Affiliates. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/10/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26809.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 68010-68011.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Financial Management Policies— Interest Rate Risk. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/10/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26808.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 68011-68012.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Guidance on Sound Incentive Compensation Policies. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/10/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26807.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 68012-68013.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies and Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/15/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-27051.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/16/2019, 68544-68545.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/10/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-10/pdf/2020-00232.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 7, 01/10/2020, 1373-1374.

OCC Issues Correction to Regulatory Capital Rule.

OCC is making technical corrections to the Capital Simplification for Qualifying Community Banking Organizations final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on 11/13/2019. The technical corrections align the rule text in the final rule with changes made by other final rules. The technical corrections also include a conforming edit. The correction is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-18/pdf/2019-27168.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 243, 12/18/2019, 69296-69298.

OCC Issues Inflation Adjustments for Civil Money Penalties.

OCC is providing notice of its maximum civil money penalties as adjusted for inflation. The inflation adjustments are required to implement the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The adjusted maximum amount of civil money penalties in this notice are applicable to penalties assessed on or after 01/01/2020, for conduct occurring on or after 11/02/2015. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28053.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71735-71737.

OCC Issues Correction to Other Real Estate Owned Rule.

OCC is correcting a final rule originally published in the Federal Register on 10/22/2019 revising the other real estate owned rule and making related technical amendments. The final rule had an effective date of 12/01/2019. On 11/21/2019, the OCC published a correction to that final rule in the Federal Register amending the final rule’s effective date to 01/01/2020. This document corrects and supplements the 11/21/2019, final rule. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28054.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71735.

HUD Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled FHA-Insured Mortgage Loan Servicing Involving the Loss Mitigation Program. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/13/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26697.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 67951-67952.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Demonstration. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/13/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26695.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 67952-67953.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Nonprofit Application and Recertification for FHA Mortgage Insurance Programs. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/13/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26696.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 67951.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (HCFAC). HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/06/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-06/pdf/2019-28522.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 249, 01/06/2020, 522-523.

FEMA Issues Final Rule on Suspensions of NFIP Community Eligibility.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a final rule which identifies communities in the states of Iowa, and Minnesota, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the final rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If FEMA receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in the final rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date. The effective date of each community’s scheduled suspension is the third date listed in the third column of the tables in the final rule. The final rule may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-26956.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/16/2019, 68346-68348.

FEMA Issues Final Flood Hazard Determinations.

FEMA has issued a final notice which identifies communities in the states of Missouri, and Nebraska, where flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or regulatory floodways on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports have been made final. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that a community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The final notice is effective 05/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-13/pdf/2019-26888.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 240, 12/13/2019, 68182-68184.

FEMA Issues Final Notices of Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations.

  • FEMA issued new or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for communities in the states of Illinois, and Indiana. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table in the final notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27962.pdf. Federal Register, Vol 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71446-71448.
  • FEMA issued new or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for communities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table in the final notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2020-00183.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 6, 01/09/2020, 1173-1176.

FEMA Issues Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations.

  • FEMA has requested comments on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for communities in the state of Iowa. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Comments are due 03/26/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27960.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71444-71446.
  • FEMA has requested comments on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for communities in the state of Michigan. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Comments are due 04/08/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2020-00184.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 6, 01/09/2020, 1172-1173.

FEMA Withdraws Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations.

FEMA is withdrawing its proposed notice concerning proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include the addition or modification of any Base Flood Elevation, base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway (herein after referred to as proposed flood hazard determinations) on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and, where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study reports for Winneshiek County, Iowa and Incorporated Areas. The withdrawal is effective 12/13/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-13/pdf/2019-26889.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 240, 12/13/2019, 68186.

FinCEN Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Renewal of Information Collection Requirements in connection with the Imposition of a Special Measure concerning Commercial Bank of Syria, including its subsidiary Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern. FinCEN also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/18/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-19/pdf/2019-27359.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 244, 12/19/2019, 69822-69824.
  • FinCEN announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal Entity Customers. FinCEN also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28037.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 72137-72138.

FinCEN Solicits Applications for Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group.

FinCEN is inviting the public to nominate financial institutions, trade groups, and non-federal regulators or law enforcement agencies for membership on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. New members will be selected for three-year membership terms. Nominations are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-19/pdf/2019-27358.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 244, 12/19/2019, 69822.

Treasury Finalizes Regulations Relating to Withholding and Reporting Tax on Certain U.S. Source Income Paid to Foreign Persons. 

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued final regulations that provide guidance on certain due diligence and reporting rules applicable to persons making certain U.S. source payments to foreign persons, and guidance on certain aspects of reporting by foreign financial institutions on U.S. accounts. The final regulations affect persons making certain U.S.-related payments to certain foreign persons and foreign financial institutions reporting certain U.S. accounts. The final regulations are effective 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-02/pdf/2019-27979.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 1, 01/02/2020, 192-206.

Treasury Proposes Regulations on Misdirected Direct Deposit Refunds.

Treasury issued proposed regulations to provide guidance on section 6402(n) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), concerning the procedures for identification and recovery of a misdirected direct deposit refund. The regulations reflect changes to the law made by the Taxpayer First Act. The proposed regulations affect taxpayers who have made a claim for refund, requested the refund be issued as a direct deposit, but did not receive a refund in the account designated on the claim for refund. Comments are due 02/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-23/pdf/2019-27653.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 246, 12/23/2019, 70462-70466.

Treasury Proposes Amendments to Source of Income from Certain Sales of Personal Property.

Treasury issued proposed regulations modifying the rules for determining the source of income from sales of inventory produced within the United States and sold without the United States or vice versa. These proposed regulations also contain new rules for determining the source of income from sales of personal property (including inventory) by nonresidents that are attributable to an office or other fixed place of business that the nonresident maintains in the United States. Finally, these proposed regulations modify certain rules for determining whether foreign source income is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States. Comments are due 02/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-27813.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71836-71851.

Treasury Proposes Amendments to Federal Government Participation in the Automated Clearing House. 

Treasury is proposing to amend its regulation governing the use of the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network by Federal agencies. Our regulation adopts, with some exceptions, the Nacha Operating Rules developed by Nacha, formerly known as NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association (Nacha), as the rules governing the use of the ACH Network by Federal agencies. Treasury is issuing this proposed rule to address changes that Nacha has made to the Nacha Operating Rules since the publication of the 2016 Nacha Operating Rules & Guidelines book. These changes include amendments set forth in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Nacha Operating Rules & Guidelines books, including supplements thereto, with an effective date on or before 06/30/2021. Comments are due 02/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-03/pdf/2019-27261.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 2, 01/03/2020, 265-271.

Treasury Issues QFC Recordkeeping Requirement Exemption.

Treasury is issuing a determination regarding a request for an exemption from certain requirements of the rule implementing the qualified financial contracts (QFC) recordkeeping requirements of Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The exemption is granted 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-02/pdf/2019-27801.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 1, 01/02/2020, 1-3.

Treasury Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled U.S. Business Income Tax Return. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-19/pdf/2019-27297.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 244, 12/19/2019, 69825-69830.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Allocation and Qualified Equity Investment Tracking System. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27786.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 71078.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled New Markets Tax Credit Program Community Development Entity (CDE) Certification Application. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27788.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 71077.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Relief for Certain Spouses of Military Personnel. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27751.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 71081-71082.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Form 8233—Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/27/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27888.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71531-71534.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Troubled Asset Relief Program—Making Home Affordable Participants. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/29/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28143.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 72140.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Tax Exempt Forms and Schedules. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/30/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-31/pdf/2019-28274.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 250, 12/31/2019, 72435.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Application By Survivors for Payment of Bond or Check Issued Under the Armed Forces Leave Act of 1946, as amended. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-03/pdf/2019-28422.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 2, 01/03/2020, 416-417.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Request to Reissue U.S. Savings Bonds to a Personal Trust. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-03/pdf/2019-28423.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 2, 01/03/2020, 417.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Minority Bank Deposit Program (MBDP) Certification Form for Admission. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-03/pdf/2019-28423.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 2, 01/03/2020, 417.

Treasury Establish Prices for 2019 and 2020 United States Mint Numismatic Products.

Treasury is announcing pricing for United States Mint numismatic products. The pricing for the products may be viewed in the table in the notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-03/pdf/2019-28401.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 2, 01/03/2020, 418.

FHFA Proposes Amendments to Stress Test Rule.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a proposed rule that would amend its stress testing rule, consistent with section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). Specifically, the proposed rule would revise the minimum threshold for the regulated entities to conduct stress tests from $10 billion to $250 billion, remove the requirements for Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks) subject to stress testing, and remove the adverse scenario from the list of required scenarios. These amendments align FHFA’s rule with rules adopted by other financial institution regulators that implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) stress testing requirements, as amended by EGRRCPA. The proposed rule also makes certain conforming and technical changes. Comments are due 01/15/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-26950.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/16/2019, 68350-68353.

SBA Issues Peg Rate.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) publishes an interest rate called the optional “peg” rate (13 CFR 120.214) on a quarterly basis. This rate is a weighted average cost of money to the government for maturities similar to the average SBA direct loan. This rate may be used as a base rate for guaranteed fluctuating interest rate SBA loans. This rate will be 1.88 percent for the January–March quarter of FY 2020. Pursuant to 13 CFR 120.921(b), the maximum legal interest rate for any third party lender’s commercial loan which funds any portion of the cost of a 504 project (see 13 CFR 120.801) shall be 6% over the New York Prime rate or, if that exceeds the maximum interest rate permitted by the constitution or laws of a given State, the maximum interest rate will be the rate permitted by the constitution or laws of the given State. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28188.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 72101.

SBA Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • SBA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Statement of Personal History. SBA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2020-00175.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 6, 01/09/2020, 1189.
  • SBA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Generic Clearance for SBA Customer Experience Data Collections. SBA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/10/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-10/pdf/2020-00209.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 7, 01/10/2020, 1368-1369.

FCA Proposes District Financial Reporting.

The Farm Credit Agency (FCA) proposes amending the regulation governing how a Farm Credit bank presents information on its related associations when preparing annual bank financial statements on a standalone basis. FCA proposes to provide an additional presentation option that would allow the related association financial information to be in a supplement. Comments are due 03/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-07/pdf/2019-27573.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 4, 01/07/2020, 647-649.

RHS Finalizes Amendments to Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program.

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has finalized changes to the single family housing guaranteed loan program (SFHGLP) regulation to streamline the loss claim process for lenders who have acquired title to property through voluntary liquidation or foreclosure; clarify that lenders must comply with applicable laws, including those within the purview of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB); and better align loss mitigation policies with the mortgage industry. The final rule is effective 04/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27504.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 70881-70887.

RBC Finalizes Advanced Biofuel Payment Program.

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBC) published an interim rule in the Federal Register on 02/11/2011. Through this action, RBS finalizes the rule based on public comments and new program requirements established in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The final rule is effective 12/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27396.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71297-71303.

CCC Finalizes Amendments to Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program.

The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) issued a rule revising the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program regulations to incorporate legislative changes introduced in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices. The rule is effective 12/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-23/pdf/2019-27248.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 246, 12/23/2019, 70393-70399.

CCC Finalizes Amendments to Foreign Market Development Program. 

CCC issued a rule revising the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program regulations to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices. The rule is effective 01/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-09/pdf/2019-27964.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 6, 01/09/2020, 1083-1096.

CCC Issues Interim Final Rule on Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

CCC issued an interim final rule making changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to conform to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill). EQIP helps agricultural producers conserve and enhance soil, water, air, plants, animals (including wildlife), energy, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, rangeland, pasture, wetlands, nonindustrial private forest land, and other agricultural land on which agricultural or forest-related products or livestock are produced and natural resource concerns may be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary. The interim rule is effective 12/17/2019, comments are due 01/17/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-17/pdf/2019-26872.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 242, 12/17/2019, 69272-69293.

CCC Issues Interim Rule on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

CCC issued an interim rule that makes changes to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program policies and procedures in the regulations to conform with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill). The interim rule is effective 12/30/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-06/pdf/2019-27883.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 85, No. 3, 01/06/2020, 558-590.

CFTC Finalizes Amendments to Public Rulemaking Procedures.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is issuing a final rule that amends CFTC’s regulations to eliminate the provisions that set forth the procedures for the formulation, amendment, or repeal of rules or regulations. Because the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) governs CFTC’s rulemaking process, CFTC believes that it is unnecessary to codify the rulemaking process in a Commission regulation. The amended regulation is comprised solely of the procedure for filing petitions for rulemakings, as the APA does not address this process. The rule is effective 01/16/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-17/pdf/2019-27103.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 242, 12/17/2019, 68787-68790.

FASB Proposes Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards.

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB) has issued an exposure draft of a proposed Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards titled Deferral of the Effective Date of SFFAS 54, Leases. The exposure draft is available on the FASB website at https://www.fasab.gov/documents-forcomment/. Copies can be obtained by contacting FASB at (202)512–7350. Respondents are encouraged to comment on any part of the exposure draft. Comments are due 01/31/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27679.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 70968-70969.

FTC Requests Comment on Information Collection.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Rule Governing Pre-sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms. FTC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 03/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-31/pdf/2019-28194.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 250, 12/31/2019, 72362-72364.

FCC Requests Comment on Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) solicits input for the first staff report on call blocking. FCC seeks data and other information on the availability and effectiveness of call-blocking tools offered to consumers, the impact of FCC actions on illegal calls, the impact of call blocking on 911 services and public safety, and any other information that may inform FCC’s analysis of the state of deployment of advanced methods and tools to eliminate illegal and unwanted calls. Comments are due 01/29/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-30/pdf/2019-28136.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 249, 12/30/2019, 71888-71889.

NCUA Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Monitoring Bank Secrecy, 12 CFR part 748.2. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/13/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26767.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 67963.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Written Reimbursement Policy, 12 CFR 701.33. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-20/pdf/2019-27530.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 245, 12/20/2019, 70213-70214.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Advertising of Excess Insurance. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/30/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-31/pdf/2019-28240.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 250, 12/31/2019, 72383.

NCUA Delays Effective Date of Prompt Corrective Action Regulations.

NCUA issued a final rule to delay the effective date of both NCUA’s 10/29/2015 final rule regarding risk-based capital (2015 Final Rule) and NCUA’s 11/06/2018 supplemental final rule regarding risk-based capital (2018 Supplemental Rule), moving the effective date from 01/01/2020 to 01/01/2022. During the extended delay period, NCUA’s current PCA requirements will remain in effect. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-17/pdf/2019-27141.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 242, 12/17/2019, 68781-68787.

NCUA Issues CFR Correction.

NCUA issued a correction to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In Title 12 of CFR, Parts 600 to 899, revised as of 01/01/2019, on page 700, in § 703.114, remove paragraph (3) that appears below paragraph (d). The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-18/pdf/2019-27403.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 243, 12/18/2019, 69298.

SSA Issues Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2020. A claimant may appoint a qualified individual as a representative to act on his or her behalf in matters before SSA. If the claimant is entitled to past-due benefits and was represented either by an attorney or by a non-attorney representative who has met certain prerequisites, SSA withholds up to 25 percent of the past-due benefits and use that money to pay the representative’s approved fee directly to the representative. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-12/pdf/2019-26752.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 239, 12/12/2019, 67987-67988.

DOL Finalizes Regular Rate Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). FLSA generally requires that covered, nonexempt employees receive overtime pay of at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for time worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek. The regular rate includes all remuneration for employment, subject to the exclusions outlined in section 7(e) of the FLSA. In this final rule, DOL updates a number of regulations on the calculation of overtime compensation both to provide clarity and to better reflect the 21st-century workplace. These changes will promote compliance with the FLSA, provide appropriate and updated guidance in an area of evolving law and practice, and encourage employers to provide additional and innovative benefits to workers without fear of costly litigation. The final rule is effective 01/15/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-16/pdf/2019-26447.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 241, 12/16/2019, 68736-68776.

VA Proposes Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations that govern scholarship programs to certain health care professionals. This rulemaking would implement the mandates of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 by establishing a Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program, which would assist VA in meeting the staffing needs of VA physicians in medical specialties for which VA has determined that recruitment or retention of qualified personnel is difficult. Comments are due 02/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-26/pdf/2019-27511.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 247, 12/26/2019, 70908-70913.

HHS Finalizes Amendments to Exchange Program Integrity.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule revising standards relating to oversight of Exchanges established by states and periodic data matching frequency. This final rule also includes new requirements for certain issuers related to the collection of a separate payment for the portion of a plan’s premium attributable to coverage for certain abortion services. The final rule is effective 02/25/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-27/pdf/2019-27713.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 248, 12/27/2019, 71674–71711.

By, Ally Bates

The below article is the Regulatory Spotlight section of the December 2019 Compliance Journal. The full issue may be viewed by clicking here.

Agencies Propose Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking (rule) to modernize Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. The rule contains four main elements designed to encourage banks to serve their communities by making the regulatory framework more objective, transparent, consistent, and easy to understand. Specifically, the agencies have proposed to clarify which activities qualify for CRA credit, update where activities count for CRA credit, create a more transparent and objective method for measuring CRA performance, and provide for more transparent, consistent, and timely CRA-related data collection, recordkeeping, and reporting. At the time of publication, this proposal has not yet been published in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.occ.treas.gov/news-issuances/federal-register/2019/nr-ia-2019-147-federal-register.pdf.

Agencies Finalize Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are adopting amendments to the regulations implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act. Section 13 contains certain restrictions on the ability of a banking entity and nonbank financial company supervised by FRB to engage in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. These final amendments are intended to provide banking entities with clarity about what activities are prohibited and to improve supervision and implementation of section 13. The effective date for amendatory instructions 1 through 14 (OCC), 16 through 29 (FRB), 31 through 44 (FDIC), and 46 through 58 (CFTC) is 01/01/2020; the effective date for amendatory instructions 60 through 73 (SEC) is 01/13/2020; and the effective date for the addition of appendices Z at amendatory instructions 15 (OCC), 30 (FRB), and 45 (FDIC) is 01/01/2020, through 12/31/2020, except for amendatory instruction 74 (SEC), which is effective 01/13/2020, through 12/31/2020. Banking entities must comply with the final amendments by 01/01/2021. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-14/pdf/2019-22695.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 220, 11/14/2019, 61974-62277.

Agencies Finalizes Capital Simplification for Qualifying Community Banking Organizations.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are adopting a final rule that provides for a simple measure of capital adequacy for certain community banking organizations, consistent with section 201 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (final rule). Under the final rule, depository institutions and depository institution holding companies that have less than $10 billion in total consolidated assets and meet other qualifying criteria, including a leverage ratio (equal to tier 1 capital divided by average total consolidated assets) of greater than 9 percent, will be eligible to opt into the community bank leverage ratio framework (qualifying community banking organizations). Qualifying community banking organizations that elect to use the community bank leverage ratio framework and that maintain a leverage ratio of greater than 9 percent will be considered to have satisfied the generally applicable risk-based and leverage capital requirements in the agencies’ capital rules (generally applicable rule) and, if applicable, will be considered to have met the well-capitalized ratio requirements for purposes of section 38 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. The final rule includes a two-quarter grace period during which a qualifying community banking organization that temporarily fails to meet any of the qualifying criteria, including the greater than 9 percent leverage ratio requirement, generally would still be deemed well-capitalized so long as the banking organization maintains a leverage ratio greater than 8 percent. At the end of the grace period, the banking organization must meet all qualifying criteria to remain in the community bank leverage ratio framework or otherwise must comply with and report under the generally applicable rule. Similarly, a banking organization that fails to maintain a leverage ratio greater than 8 percent would not be permitted to use the grace period and must comply with the capital rule’s generally applicable requirements and file the appropriate regulatory reports. The final rule is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-13/pdf/2019-23472.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 219, 11/13/2019, 61776-61804.

Agencies Finalize Simplifications to the Capital Rule. 

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are adopting a final rule that permits insured depository institutions and depository institution holding companies not subject to the advanced approaches capital rule to implement certain provisions of the final rule titled Regulatory Capital: Simplifications to the Capital Rule Pursuant to the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, which was issued by the agencies in 07/22/2019, (Capital Simplifications Final Rule) on 01/01/2020, rather than 04/01/2020, as initially provided. Consistent with this approach, the transition provisions of the regulatory capital rule are being amended to provide that banking organizations not subject to the advanced approaches capital rule will be permitted to implement the Capital Simplifications Final Rule as of its revised effective date in the quarter beginning 01/01/2020, or to wait until the quarter beginning 04/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-13/pdf/2019-23467.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 219, 11/13/2019, 61804-61808.

CFPB Issues Interpretive Rule on Regulation Z.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued an interpretive rule which construes CFPB’s Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Generally, if a mortgage loan originator organization employs an individual loan originator who is not licensed and is not required to be licensed, Regulation Z requires the loan originator organization to perform specific screening of that individual before permitting the individual to act as a loan originator and to provide certain ongoing training. Regulation Z is ambiguous as to whether these requirements apply to loan originator organizations employing individual loan originators who have temporary authority to originate loans pursuant to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (EGRRCPA) amendments to the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (SAFE Act). These amendments take effect on 11/24/2019. This interpretive rule concludes that a loan originator organization is not required to comply with certain screening and training requirements under Regulation Z if the individual loan originator employee is authorized to act as a loan originator pursuant to the temporary authority described in the SAFE Act. The interpretive rule is effective 11/24/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-19/pdf/2019-24944.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 223, 11/19/2019, 63791-63794.

CFPB Issues Final Rule on Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosures.

CFPB issued a final rule amending an appendix for Regulation V, which implements the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). CFPB is required to calculate annually the dollar amount of the maximum allowable charge for disclosures by a consumer reporting agency to a consumer pursuant to FCRA Section 609; this final rule establishes the maximum allowable charge for the 2020 calendar year. The final rule is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-27/pdf/2019-25695.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No, 229, 11/27/2019, 65280-65281.

CFPB Issues Correction to Truth in Lending Annual Threshold Adjustments.

CFPB published a final rule in the Federal Register on 08/01/2019 amending the regulation text and official interpretations for Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), to include annual calculations for dollar amounts for several provisions in Regulation Z. This document corrects an error in one of the amendments to the official interpretation for Regulation Z. The correction is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25812.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65646-65647.

CFPB Proposes Amendments to Remittance Transfers.

CFPB is proposing changes to the remittance rule in Regulation E to mitigate the effects of the expiration of a statutory exception that allows insured institutions to disclose estimates instead of exact amounts to consumers. That exception expires on 07/21/2020. In addition, CFPB is proposing to increase a safe harbor threshold in the Rule related to whether a person makes remittance transfers in the normal course of its business, which would have the effect of reducing compliance costs for entities that make a limited number of remittance transfers annually. Comments are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-06/pdf/2019-25944.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 235, 12/06/2019, 67132-67167.

CFPB Requests Comment on Information Collection.

  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Application Forms for Financial Empowerment Training Programs. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/14/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-15/pdf/2019-24799.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 221, 11/15/2019, 62514-62515.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Application for the Bureau’s Advisory Committees. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-02/pdf/2019-25994.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 231, 12/02/2019, 65972-65973.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Generic Information Collection Plan for Surveys Using the Consumer Credit Panel. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-02/pdf/2019-26021.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 231, 12/02/2019, 65973.

CFPB Requests Comment on Regulation X and Regulation Z. 

CFPB is conducting an assessment of the Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z) Rule and certain amendments in accordance with section 1022(d) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). CFPB is requesting public comment on its plans for assessing this rule as well as certain recommendations and information that may be useful in conducting the planned assessment. Comments are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-22/pdf/2019-25260.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 226, 11/22/2019, 64436-64441.

FRB Proposes Supervision and Regulation Assessments of Fees for Bank Holding Companies and Savings and Loan Holding Companies. 

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) issued a proposal to amend FRB’s assessment rule (Regulation TT), pursuant to Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), to address amendments made by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The proposed amendments to Regulation TT raise the minimum threshold for being considered an assessed company from $50 billion to $100 billion in total consolidated assets for bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies and adjust the amount charged to assessed companies with total consolidated assets between $100 billion and $250 billion to reflect changes in supervisory and regulatory responsibilities resulting from EGRRCPA. Comments are due 01/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-12/pdf/2019-24491.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 218, 11/12/2019, 60944-60949.

FRB Issues Correction to Proposed Supervision and Regulation Assessments of Fees for Bank Holding Companies and Savings and Loan Holding Companies. 

FRB issued a notice in the Federal Register on 11/12/2019 regarding proposed changes to Regulation TT. The original notice included an expired comment period end date, this notice corrects that error. The correct comment due date for the proposal is 01/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-19/pdf/2019-24959.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 223, 11/19/2019, 63820. 

FDIC Finalizes Amendments to Assessments.

  • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is amending the deposit insurance assessment regulations that govern the use of small bank assessment credits (small bank credits) and one-time assessment credits (OTACs) by certain insured depository institutions (IDIs). Under this final rule, now that the FDIC is applying small bank credits to quarterly deposit insurance assessments, such credits will continue to be applied as long as the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) reserve ratio is at least 1.35 percent (instead of, as originally provided, 1.38 percent). In addition, after small bank credits have been applied for four quarterly assessment periods, and as long as the reserve ratio is at least 1.35 percent, the FDIC will remit the full nominal value of any remaining small bank credits in lump-sum payments to each IDI holding such credits in the next assessment period in which the reserve ratio is at least 1.35 percent, and will simultaneously remit the full nominal value of any remaining OTACs in lumpsum payments to each IDI holding such credits. The final rule is effective 11/27/2019 and applicable 07/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-27/pdf/2019-25566.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 229, 11/27/2019, 65269-65276.
  • FDIC is amending its deposit insurance assessment regulations to apply the community bank leverage ratio (CBLR) framework to the deposit insurance assessment system (CBLR Assessments final rule). The FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the Federal banking agencies) are considering, and are expected to adopt, a final rule that provides for a simple measure of capital adequacy for certain community banking organizations (CBLR final rule). The CBLR Assessments final rule: prices all insured depository institutions (IDIs) that elect to use the CBLR framework as small institutions; makes technical amendments to the FDIC’s assessment regulations to ensure that the assessment regulations continue to reference the prompt corrective action (PCA) regulations for the definitions of capital categories used in the deposit insurance assessment system; and clarifies that an IDI that elects to use the CBLR framework and also meets the definition of a custodial bank will have no change to its custodial bank deduction or reporting items required to calculate the deduction. The final rule does not make any changes to the FDIC’s assessment methodology for small or large institutions. The final rule is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-06/pdf/2019-25897.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 235, 12/06/2019, 66833-66838.

FDIC Finalizes Removal of Transferred OTS Regulation Regarding Deposits.

FDIC is adopting a final rule to rescind and remove a subpart from the Code of Federal Regulations entitled “Deposits,” applicable to State savings associations, because the subpart is duplicative of other rules and statutes and is unnecessary to the regulation of State savings associations. FDIC did not receive any comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) and is finalizing the rule as proposed. The final rule is effective 12/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-27/pdf/2019-25697.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 229, 11/27/2019, 65276-25280.

FDIC Issues Correction to Rule on Company-Run Stress Testing Requirements.

FDIC is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on 10/24/2019, regarding Company-Run Stress Testing Requirements for FDIC-Supervised State Nonmember Banks and State Savings Associations. This correction replaces three additional references to “subpart” with “part,” in order to standardize the language in FDIC regulations. The correction is effective 11/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/pdf/2019-25691.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 228, 11/26/2019, 64984-64985.

FDIC Issues Correction to Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds.

FDIC is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on Thursday, 11/14/2019, regarding Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds. These corrections are necessary to standardize the language in the FDIC regulations with the other agencies’ regulations. The correction is effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-03/pdf/2019-26066.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 232, 12/03/2019, 66063.

FDIC Proposes Brokered Deposit Regulations.

FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to brokered deposit restrictions that apply to less than well capitalized institutions. The proposed rule would address concerns raised by WBA, other industry and trade groups, and banking organizations desiring clarification of the definition of “deposit broker.” The proposed rule would create a new framework for analyzing that definition, as well as other related provisions. Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The proposal may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2019/2019-12-12-notice-dis-b-fr.pdf.

FDIC Proposes Regulations on Federal Interest Rate Authority.

FDIC is seeking comment on proposed regulations clarifying the law that governs the interest rates State-chartered banks and insured branches of foreign banks (collectively, State banks) may charge. The proposed regulations would provide that State banks are authorized to charge interest at the rate permitted by the State in which the State bank is located, or one percent in excess of the ninety-day commercial paper rate, whichever is greater. The proposed regulations also would provide that whether interest on a loan is permissible under section 27 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act would be determined at the time the loan is made, and interest on a loan permissible under section 27 would not be affected by subsequent events, such as a change in State law, a change in the relevant commercial paper rate, or the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the loan. Comments are due 02/04/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-06/pdf/2019-25689.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 235, 12/06/2019, 66845-66853.

FDIC Requests Comment on Framework for Analyzing the Effects of FDIC Regulatory Actions.

FDIC is seeking comment on approaches it is considering to analyze the effects of its regulatory actions. FDIC views analysis of the effects of regulatory actions and alternatives as an important part of a credible and transparent rulemaking process. The comments received will help FDIC to strengthen its analysis of regulatory actions. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25928.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/30/2019, 65808-65814.

FDIC Requests Comment on Information Collection.

FDIC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices. FDIC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-04/pdf/2019-26170.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 233, 12/04/2019, 66404-66405.

FDIC Establishes Advisory Committee of State Regulators.

FDIC is establishing the FDIC Advisory Committee of State Regulators (ACSR). The ASCR will provide advice and recommendations to the FDIC on a broad range of policy issues regarding the regulation of state-chartered financial institutions throughout the United States, including its territories. The ACSR will provide a forum where state regulators and the FDIC can discuss a variety of current and emerging issues that have potential implications regarding the regulation and supervision of state-chartered financial institutions. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-02/pdf/2019-26013.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 231, 12/02/2019, 65979-65980.

FDIC Issues Terminations of Receivership.

FDIC as Receiver was charged with the duty of winding up the affairs of former depository institutions and liquidating all related assets. The Receiver has fulfilled its obligations and made all dividend distributions required by law. The Receiver has further irrevocably authorized and appointed FDIC-Corporate as its attorney-in-fact to execute and file any and all documents that may be required to be executed by the Receiver which FDIC-Corporate, in its sole discretion, deems necessary, including but not limited to releases, discharges, satisfactions, endorsements, assignments, and deeds. Effective on the termination dates listed in the final column of the chart in the notice, the Receiverships have been terminated, the Receiver has been discharged, and the Receiverships have ceased to exist as legal entities. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-09/pdf/2019-26417.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 236, 12/09/2019, 67270.

HUD Requests Comment on Information Collection.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled FHA TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/27/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-27/pdf/2019-25694.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 229, 11/27/2019, 65403-65404.

FEMA Issues Final Flood Hazard Determinations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a final notice which identifies communities in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio, where flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or regulatory floodways on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports have been made final. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that a community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The final notice is effective 04/17/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-05/pdf/2019-26247.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 234, 12/05/2019, 66686-66687.

FEMA Issues Final Notices of Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations.

  • FEMA issued new or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for communities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table in the final notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-05/pdf/2019-26248.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 234, 12/05/2019, 66688-66691.
  • FEMA issued new or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for communities in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table in the final notice. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-09/pdf/2019-26421.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 236, 12/09/2019, 67289-67292.

FEMA Issues Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations.

FEMA has requested comments on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for communities in the states of Iowa, and Michigan. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Comments are due 03/09/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-09/pdf/2019-26422.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 236, 12/09/2019, 67284-67286.

Treasury Finalizes IMARA Calculation Under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a final rule to implement technical changes to program regulations that address the calculation and notification to the public of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program’s insurance marketplace aggregate retention amount (IMARA) under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, as amended. The rule is effective 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-15/pdf/2019-24801.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 221, 11/15/2019, 62450-62452. 

Treasury Finalizes Estate and Gift Taxes Regulations.

Treasury finalized regulations addressing the effect of recent legislative changes to the basic exclusion amount allowable in computing Federal gift and estate taxes. The final regulations will affect donors of gifts made after 2017 and the estates of decedents dying after 2025. The final regulations are effective 11/26/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/pdf/2019-25601.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 228, 11/26/2019, 64995-65000.

Treasury Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Agreement and Request for Disposition of a Decedent’s Treasury Securities. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25895.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65897.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Special Bond of Indemnity By Purchaser of United States Savings Bonds/Notes Involved in a Chain Letter Scheme. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25894.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65896-65897.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Returns Regarding Payments of Interest. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25881.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65898-65899.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Offering of U.S. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company Tax and Loss Bonds. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/31/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-02/pdf/2019-25998.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 231, 12/02/2019, 66053.

SBA Finalizes Regulations on Women’s Business Center Program.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is codifying regulations for the Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program as directed in section 29 of the Small Business Act (the Act). The final rule also codifies policy and procedural changes included in the WBC Program Announcement and Notice of Award (NOA). These changes include, but are not limited to, the following: Language on risk assessment, as required by the Uniform Grant Guidance; limitations on carryovers; a reduction in reporting requirements; and eligibility criteria for selection as a WBC. Implementing these regulations will result in greater standardization and transparency in the delivery of the WBC Program. The final rule is effective 01/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-25/pdf/2019-24239.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 227, 11/25/2019, 64707-64723.

SBA Finalizes Streamlining and Modernizing Certified Development Company Program.

SBA finalized a rule streamlining the operational and organizational requirements for Certified Development Companies (CDCs) in order to improve efficiencies and reduce costs without unduly increasing risk in the 504 Loan Program. The changes include streamlining the requirements that apply to the corporate governance of CDCs, and updating the requirements that apply to professional services contracts entered into by CDCs, the requirements related to the audit and review of a CDC’s financial statements, and the requirements related to the balance that a Premier Certified Lender Program (PCLP) CDC must maintain in its Loan Loss Reserve Fund. The final rule is effective 01/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-04/pdf/2019-26042.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 233, 12/04/2019, 66287-66296.

SBA Issues Small Business Size Standards.

SBA is modifying its method for calculating average annual receipts used to prescribe size standards for small businesses. Specifically, in accordance with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018, SBA is changing its regulations on the calculation of average annual receipts for all of SBA’s receipts-based size standards, and for other agencies’ proposed receipts-based size standards, from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period, outside of the SBA Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs. SBA intends to seek comment on the Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs in a proposed rule through a separate rulemaking. For all other programs, SBA adopts a transition period through 01/06/2022, during which firms may choose between using a 3-year averaging period and a 5-year averaging period. The rule is effective 01/06/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-05/pdf/2019-26041.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 234, 12/05/2019, 66561-66579.

FCIC Issues Rice Crop Insurance Provisions.

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalized amendments to the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Rice Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions). The intended effect of this action is to allow for new irrigation methods and change the cancellation and termination dates in certain states to align with other row crops to implement the changes contained in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill). The changes will be effective for the 2020 and succeeding crop years. The final rule is effective 11/30/2019. Comments are due 01/21/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-22/pdf/2019-25386.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 226, 11/22/2019, 64411-64413.

FCIC Issues Coarse Grains Crop Insurance Provisions.

FCIC amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Coarse Grains Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions). The intended effect of this action is to allow separate enterprise and optional units by the cropping practices Following Another Crop (FAC) and Not Following Another Crop (NFAC). The changes will be effective for the 2020 and succeeding crop years. The final rule is effective 11/30/2019. Comments are due 01/27/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-27/pdf/2019-25862.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 229, 11/27/2019, 65259-65262.

FCIC Issues Sugar Beet Crop Insurance Regulations.

FCIC finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Sugar Beet Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions) and makes amendments to the final rule, with request for comment, published in the Federal Register on 09/10/2018, that updated existing policy provisions and definitions to better reflect current agricultural practices. This final rule is amended based on comments received and other issues identified since implementation of the previous final rule. The changes will be effective for the 2020 and succeeding crop years in states with a November 30 contract change date and for the 2021 and succeeding crop years in all other states. The final rule is effective 11/30/2019. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25844.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65627-65639.

FCIC Issues Correction to Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions.

FCIC is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on 07/28/2019, which revised the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy (CCIP) Basic Provisions. The correction is being published to correct an incorrect reference in section 3(g)(3) of the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions. The correction is effective 11/22/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-22/pdf/2019-25387.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 226, 11/22/2019, 64413-64414.

RBC Issues Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs.

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBC) announced that the maximum loan amount awarded for applications competing in the Second, Third, and Fourth Quarter funding cycles of fiscal year (FY) 2020 will be $1 million. The notice contains key dates for FY 2020 complete loan applications to be received. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-13/pdf/2019-24597.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 219, 11/13/2019, 61594-61595.

RHS Proposes Amendments to Single Family Housing Direct Loan and Grant Programs.

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is proposing to amend its regulations to update and improve the direct Single-Family Housing (SFH) loans and grants programs. The proposed changes would increase program flexibility, allow more borrowers to access affordable loans, better align the programs with best practices, and enable the programs to be more responsive to economic conditions and trends. Comments are due 01/24/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-25/pdf/2019-25128.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 227, 11/25/2019, 64788-64795.

CCC Issues Interim Rule on Conservation Reserve Program.

The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) regulations to specify the terms and conditions of CRP and to implement amendments made by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes CRP through fiscal year 2023. The rule makes required changes to the eligibility criteria for enrollment in CRP, the benefits available to participants, and the land use and compliance provisions of CRP. In addition, the rule will implement two new pilot programs, the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers 30 (CLEAR 30) Pilot Program and the Soil Heath and Income Protection Pilot (SHIPP) Program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. The rule is effective 12/06/2019. Comments are due 02/04/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-06/pdf/2019-26268.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 235, 12/06/2019, 66813-66833.

FASB Requests Comment on Annual Report for FY 2019 and Three-Year Plan.

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB) has issued its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019 and Three-Year Plan. The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019 and Three-Year Plan is available on the FASB website at https://www.fasab.gov/our-annual-reports/. Copies can be obtained by contacting FASB at (202)512–7350. Comments are due 01/17/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/pdf/2019-25662.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 228, 11/26/2019, 65154. 

NCUA Finalized Exceptions to Employment Restrictions.

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is updating and revising its Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) regarding statutory prohibitions imposed by Section 205(d) of the Federal Credit Union Act (FCU Act). Section 205(d) prohibits, except with the prior written consent of NCUA, any person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust, or who has entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense, from participating in the affairs of an insured credit union. NCUA is rescinding current IRPS 08–1 and issuing a revised and updated IRPS to reduce regulatory burden. NCUA is amending and expanding the current de minimis exception to reduce the scope and number of offenses that will require an application to NCUA. Specifically, the final IRPS will not require an application for convictions involving insufficient funds checks of aggregate moderate value, small dollar simple theft, false identification, simple drug possession, and isolated minor offenses committed by covered persons as young adults. The final rule is effective 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-02/pdf/2019-25699.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 231, 12/02/2019, 65907-65923.

NCUA Proposes Amendments to Real Estate Appraisals.

NCUA proposes to amend the agency’s regulation requiring appraisals for certain real estate-related transactions. The proposed rule would increase the threshold level below which appraisals would not be required for residential real estate-related transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. Consistent with the requirement for other transactions that fall below applicable appraisal thresholds, federally insured credit unions (FICUs) would be required to obtain written estimates of market value of the real estate collateral that is consistent with safe and sound banking practices in lieu of an appraisal. For easier reference, the proposed rule would explicitly incorporate the existing statutory requirement that appraisals be subject to appropriate review for compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This proposal is consistent with the final rule, effective on 10/09/2019, issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that increases the threshold level at or below which appraisals are not required for residential real estate transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. Comments are due 01/28/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25768.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 230, 11/29/2019, 65707-65714.

NCUA Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Regulations B, E, M, and CC. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/13/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-14/pdf/2019-24723.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 220, 11/14/2019, 61941-61942.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled NCUA Profile. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/14/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-15/pdf/2019-24760.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 221, 11/15/2019, 62558.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Corporate Credit Union Monthly Call Report and Report of Officers. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-03/pdf/2019-26114.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 232, 12/03/2019, 66223.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Maximum Borrowing Authority, 12 CFR 741.2. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 02/03/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-05/pdf/2019-26238.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 234, 12/05/2019, 66699.

SSA Proposes Regulations on Designation of Representative Payees.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to promulgate regulations specifying the information Social Security beneficiaries and applicants must provide to designate a representative payee in advance of the determination that the beneficiary needs a representative payee. Comments are due 12/26/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-26/pdf/2019-25569.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 228, 11/26/2019, 65040-65044.

By, Ally Bates

Events

The CFPB has confirmed that the two final rules issued under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will become effective on November 30, 2021. These new rules affect both financial institutions and their third-party debt collectors. The first rule focuses on debt collection communications (i.e., phone, voicemail, email, texts, and social media). It increases consumers’ control over how often and by what means a collector can communicate with them.

The second rule clarifies the disclosures that must be provided to consumers at the beginning of collection communications. It also addresses the specific steps that must be taken to disclose the existence of a debt to the consumer before reporting it to a credit reporting agency. In addition, it prohibits collectors from threatening to sue on time-barred debt. This webinar will explain the compliance implications to your systems and procedures so you can prepare before the November 30 deadline.

Attendance certificate provided to self-report CE credits.

HIGHLIGHTS

Explain the new rules regarding debt collection communications, such as voice messages, emails, texts, and social media
Observe the new call attempt restrictions – not more than seven times within seven days
Define the new term “limited-content message” and explain what information must (and must not) be included in such messages
Understand how and when collectors must contact the consumer before furnishing debt information to a credit reporting agency
Describe what qualifies as time-barred debt and how collectors must handle it
Implement sufficient oversight of in-house collectors and third-party debt collectors

TAKE-AWAY TOOLKIT

CFPB’s small entity compliance guide for the debt collection rules
CFPB’s executive summary of the final rules
Employee training log
Interactive quiz
NOTE: All materials are subject to copyright. Transmission, retransmission, or republishing of any webinar to other institutions or those not employed by your financial institution is prohibited. Print materials may be copied for eligible participants only.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This informative session will benefit loan officers at all levels, loan operations personnel, credit administration staff, collection personnel, compliance officers, attorneys, managers, and others involved in the collection process.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER – Elizabeth Fast, JD & CPA Spencer Fane LLP
Elizabeth Fast is a partner with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP where she specializes in the representation of financial institutions. Elizabeth is the head of the firm’s training division. She received her law degree from the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University. In addition, she has a Master of Business Administration degree and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Before joining Spencer Fane, she was General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary of a $9 billion bank with more than 130 branches, where she managed all legal, regulatory, and compliance functions.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

Live Webinar – $245
Recorded Webinar and Digital Download – $245 plus tax
Live Webinar, Recorded Webinar and Digital Download – $320 plus tax

As planned, the fourth session of the 2021 WBA Community Bankers for Compliance will be held in-person!

October 26, 2021, Stevens Point – Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
October 27, 2021, Madison, DoubleTree by Hilton Madison East

 

TOPIC: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Home Equity Lines of Credit

The fourth quarter 2021 Community Bankers for Compliance program will focus on two different areas of a bank’s lending program.

First we will discuss the revisions to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act regulation. This was originally going to be a topic in the second quarter 2022, however the CFPB delayed implementation until January 2022. Recently they reverted implementation back to November 2021, making this a time sensitive topic. Regardless of your status regarding the regulation, the presentation will provide useful information for all banks. For instance, how can you legally collect via text message, voicemail, email or other electronic means? Many banks will not have to comply with the regulation, or only portions of the regulation. The manual will include the whole regulation, as well as the new Small Entity Compliance Guide. But we will focus our attention on those areas that will be most useful to attendees.

In recent weeks we have received a number of questions, assignments, and review work for home equity lines of credit. While nothing really has changed in the regulation, the presentation will focus on those areas that appear to be the most troublesome. We will cover the entire HELOC portion of Regulation Z, but will focus on those items that have been most prevalent in hotline questions and phone calls. While most banks have a HELOC program, we will be covering this subject at the end of the day so that those banks that do not have a program can either learn about it as they are getting ready to begin offering the product or simply call it a day because it does not apply to them.

The subjects for the regulatory update will be determined by circumstances and releases from the various agencies.

Future Presentations

Subjects for future seminars will be shaped by regulatory events as they unfold. The CBC quarterly compliance program remains committed to providing as much up-to-the-minute information as possible. The program will closely monitor releases from the CFPB and other agencies to assure that you have the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

Who Should Attend?

Compliance officers, senior mortgage management, lending management, lenders and processors, and any others with responsibilities for lending should attend. Additionally, audit personnel will find this session useful.