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Commentary by PNC Chief Economist Gus Faucher

Real gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.9% at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2022, according to the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA); this followed a 1.6% decline in the first quarter. This is the first time GDP has contracted in two consecutive quarters since the first half of 2020, when the pandemic came to the U.S.

The big drag came from inventories, which subtracted 2 percentage points from growth. Trade was a major positive adding 1.4 percentage points to growth in the quarter as the trade deficit declined. Exports rose a very strong 18% while imports rose just 3%; higher imports subtract from GDP. Consumer spending rose 1.0% adjusted for inflation, adding 0.7 percentage point to growth. Goods spending fell 4.4% in the quarter, with declines for both durable and nondurable goods, but services spending rose 4.1%.

Business fixed investment was essentially flat in the second quarter, with a big increase in investment in intellectual property products almost offsetting declines in investment in structures and equipment. Housing investment was a major drag, subtracting 0.7 percentage point from growth, as higher interest rates weighed on homebuilding and repairs and renovations. Government subtracted 0.3 percentage point from growth, with small declines in federal and state and local government spending.

On a year-ago basis real GDP was up 1.6% in the second quarter, down from 3.5% growth in the first quarter.

Final sales of domestic product — GDP minus the change in inventories, which measures demand for goods and services produced in the U.S. — increased 1.1% in the second quarter, following a 1.2% decline in the first quarter.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is the widely accepted arbiter of recessions in the U.S. according to the NBER, a recession is “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and that lasts more than a few months.” The NBER explicitly states that two consecutive quarters of contraction in GDP does not necessarily equate to recession. Instead, the NBER considers many economic series, including personal income (excluding government transfer payments) and consumer spending, both adjusted for inflation; employment; wholesale and retail sales, also adjusted for inflation; and output in manufacturing, mining, and utilities.

Using these indicators, the economy was expanding through the second quarter. The second quarter GDP results reaffirm this view, with consumer spending and final sales of domestic product both up moderately, and with inventories the major drag on growth. Demand remains solid.

Strong job growth is another indication that the economy is expanding in mid-2022; the economy added 375,000 jobs per month on average in the second quarter. Additionally, the decline in real GDP (unannualized) in the first half of 2022 was 0.7%; it is unclear if this would meet the NBER’s definition of a “significant” decline. And an alternative measure of the size of the economy, real gross domestic income (the income going to households and firms from economic activity) rose in the first quarter; the BEA will release the first read on real GDI for the second quarter next month. Real personal income excluding transfer payments rose slightly in the second quarter.

The GDP price index rose 8.7% annualized in the second quarter, up from 8.2% in the first quarter. The personal consumption expenditures price index increased 7.1% in the second quarter, the same pace as in the first quarter. The core PCE price index, excluding food and energy prices, rose 4.4% in the second quarter, down from 5.2% in the first quarter. The PCE price indices are the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation measures and are running much higher than the central bank’s 2% objective. The central bank is raising interest rates in an effort to slow growth and bring down inflation.

Economic growth slowed in the first half of 2022, but the U.S. economy is not in recession. Demand, especially from consumers, remains solid, thanks to the very good labor market and about $2 trillion in extra saving relative to before the pandemic, and despite the drags from inflation and higher interest rates. Consumer spending is shifting from goods to services; consumers bought a lot of goods in the initial recovery from the pandemic and don’t need as many now and are feeling more comfortable going out and spending on services.

Despite a very small decline in the second quarter, business investment demand remains solid. A narrowing trade deficit will also contribute to solid economic growth in the second half of 2022. Housing will remain a drag, however, as higher mortgage rates continue to weigh on the housing market. PNC expects annualized growth in the second half of 2022 of around 2%, with growth slowing to around 1% in 2023 and 2024 as higher interest rates continue to weigh on the economy.

Although the U.S. economy continues to expand, recession risks are elevated, with a probability of around 45% over the next couple of years; this is more than double the probability before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The risk is that Fed interest rate increases to reduce inflation could lead to an outright contraction in economic activity, either in late 2022 or sometime in 2023.

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and Economist Dr. David Kohl Headline Midwest Economic Forecast Forum 

By Cassandra Krause, Wisconsin Bankers Association 

On January 4, the Wisconsin Bankers Association hosted the 2022 Midwest Economic Forecast Forum in partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association, Michigan Bankers Association, Minnesota Bankers Association, Montana Bankers Association, and South Dakota Bankers Association. The event kicked off with a presentation by Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Neel Kashkari. His presentation was followed by a town hall-style Q & A, moderated by WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels. The conversation included topics such as the conditions in sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, and construction; the Fed’s dual mandate from Congress; supply chains; an influx in bank deposits; and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) modernization. 

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Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari

 

Wisconsin’s Recovery Slower Than Minnesota’s, But Regional Recovery Mirrors That of the Nation 

Kashkari said that overall, our region looks a lot like the nation, but there are differences. Wisconsin started recovering more quickly than Minnesota did, but then the recovery became slower over the last six months to year. What happens with COVID will continue to matter because workers getting sick will be a disruption to economic activity. 

Kashkari noted that economic recovery since initial COVID-19 shutdowns has been uneven. “On one hand, GDP is fully recovered. . . but different sectors have been affected differently,” said Kashkari. “Many workers have found jobs. . . and while the unemployment rate has come down, we are still about 4–6 million workers short of where we should be, had there been no pandemic.”   

Demand for Labor Has Recovered More Quickly Than Supply  

The labor market was one of the main topics Kashkari responded to in the Q & A. 

“One of the things that I learned before the pandemic was that the vast majority of Americans want to work,” said Kashkari. “Every time businesses told us ‘we’re out of workers,’ as wages started to climb, workers came back in, and that was resoundingly positive for everyone. . . I still believe that’s true.”  

Kashkari commented that people of all income levels have more savings and more options — and there’s still a lot of fear of getting COVID or bringing it home to a vulnerable family member. The demand for labor has come back, but it’s going to take longer for people to feel comfortable coming back into the job market.  

Two Rate Hikes Likely in 2022 

With regard to inflation, Kashkari predicted it will be transitory, though it has been higher and has lasted longer than he had expected. He referred to his essay, titled “Two Opposing Risks,” which was published just prior to his presentation, and said he foresees two interest rate hikes this year. The rate rises may require sacrificing some gains in employment in order to keep inflation under control. 

Role of Banks in Communities Highly Appreciated 

Kashkari highlighted how community banks stepped up powerfully through the Paycheck Protection Program. “[Banks] have managed exceptionally well during the pandemic,” he said, adding that he has nothing but admiration for community banks and the role they served. WBA’s Oswald Poels expressed gratitude on behalf of community bankers for the recognition of their efforts. 

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Dr. David Kohl and Rose Oswald Poels

Economic Mega Trends 2022 and Beyond 

Dr. David Kohl, a highly anticipated speaker at events hosted by WBA and state banking associations around the country, discussed ten global macro-economic mega trend disruptors. The renowned economist and professor emeritus at Virginia Tech also responded to audience questions in a dialog moderated by Oswald Poels. 

Disruptors Present Both Challenges and Opportunities 

Some of the major disruptors Kohl highlighted in his presentation were globalization; environmental, social, and governance (ESG); and technology and automation. He provided a recent historical overview of inflation and provided a watch list for short- and long-term inflation. “Uncertainty concerning inflation, geopolitics, supply and marketing chains creates challenges but also presents opportunities,” said Kohl. “This is true for businesses and individuals with a high business and financial IQ that follow the process and execute a business plan.” 

Global Perspective Key to Success 

Kohl gave an overview of markets around the globe to keep an eye on, including Asia/China and Europe/Russia. “’Think globally, but act locally’ is a theme for success in the decade of the 2020s,” advised Kohl. “Observe economic mega trends from afar and connect the dots to determine how they impact your bank, business, employees, and customers’ lives.”   

Wisdom for Banking 

Like any good educator, Kohl had words of wisdom to share with the audience beyond what can be found in textbooks and data reports. “Success in life and business is about managing the controllables and managing around the uncontrollables,” he explained. “From the board room to business front lines, one cannot manage what happens in Washington, D.C., Beijing, or Brussels, but can attempt to manage around uncontrollable factors using scenario planning. Focus energy and strategy on the controllable elements with tactics that are agile and adaptive given the economic landscape.” 

If you were unable to attend the live broadcast, you can still register to receive access to the recording through January 18, 2022 plus resources provided by Kashkari and Kohl. 

Wisconsin Experts Offer Sector Forecasts 

As an extension of the Midwest Economic Forecast Forum, WBA has compiled eight sector-specific reports from industry experts on what 2022 will hold for Wisconsin. The reports include insights from Rose Oswald Poels, Wisconsin Bankers Association; Robb Kahl, Construction Business Group; Kevin Krentz, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation; Brandon Scholz, Wisconsin Grocers Association; Eric Borgerding, Wisconsin Hospital Association; Kurt Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce; Michael Theo, Wisconsin Realtors Association; and Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council. 

To read the full Wisconsin Economic Report, please visit wisbank.com/2022forecast. 

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President Biden’s top pick for comptroller of the currency, Saule Omarova, withdrew her nomination to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Tuesday, December 7, in a letter to the White House. After facing stiff opposition from the banking industry and members of Congress, President Biden has accepted her request and expects to make an announcement at a later date, according to reports.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association had previously signed onto the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)’s letter opposing Omarova’s nomination citing her academic papers and public statements that propose transferring private retail banking functions to the Federal Reserve and fully replacing private bank deposits to “end banking as we know it.”

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The federal banking agencies (FRB, FDIC, and OCC) have issued their final rule to require banks to notify their primary federal regulatory of any “computer-security incident” that rises to the level of a “notification incident”, as soon as possible and no later than 36 hours after the bank determines that a notification incident has occurred.  

The rule defines a “computer-security incident” as an occurrence that results in actual harm to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an information system or the information that the system processes, stores, or transmits.  

“Notification incident” is defined as a computer-security incident that has materially disrupted or degraded, or is reasonably likely to materially disrupt or degrade, a banking organization’s: 

(i) Ability to carry out banking operations, activities, or processes, or deliver banking products  and services to a material portion of its customer base, in the ordinary course of business;  

(ii) Business line(s), including associated operations, services, functions, and support, that upon  failure would result in a material loss of revenue, profit, or franchise value; or  

(iii) Operations, including associated services, functions and support, as applicable, the failure or  discontinuance of which would pose a threat to the financial stability of the United States.  

The final rule is effective April 1, 2022 and has a compliance data of May 1, 2022. The full final rule may be viewed here.

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By Kenneth D. Thompson, WBA Board chair, president and CEO of Capitol Bank, Madison

Ken Thompson HeadshotWe are closing out this calendar year with a better understanding of COVID-19 than we had at this time one year ago in 2020, however the ongoing pandemic casts a heightened degree of uncertainty onto predictions for the 2022 economy. As bankers, we are responsible for interpreting economic data and trends that will impact the financial health of our institutions, our customers, and our communities. To support us in this important aspect of our work, the Wisconsin Bankers Association and partners organize the Midwest Economic Forecast Forum annually. This year’s event is set to be an exciting opportunity to hear from nationally renowned experts as they present their perspectives on economic conditions that continue to be susceptible to the risks and challenges posed by the pandemic.

The forum will be held virtually on January 4, 2022 from 10:30 a.m.–noon CT. Individual and group rates will be available, giving banks the opportunity to invite their staff, business customers,
directors, and others to join in on the viewing as part of their group registration.

Headlining the event will be Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari, who will provide an economic outlook. Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on January 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington, D.C. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the Bank, including supervision and regulation, treasury services, and
payments services.

Presenting on the topic of “Economic Mega Trends 2022 and Beyond” will be David Kohl, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Virginia Tech. Kohl will cover questions such as: What are the global economic disruptors and power shifts? How will trade, geopolitics, supply chains, climate changes, and weather in extremes impact competitors? How will the stimulus package and Central Bank’s accommodative policy impact strategic positioning? What are some major mega trends on the horizon? What are the lead and lag indicators that need to be on the dashboards of decision makers?

With the level of uncertainty surrounding our economy moving forward, bankers should be especially interested in attending this engaging and informative event. The year ahead will no doubt be affected by excess liquidity in the banking system, supply chain delays/disruptions, labor shortages, and inflation fears. Bankers need to have a keen eye on how these key economic drivers will impact their banks and clientele. I look forward to the discussion on these topics at the Midwest Economic Forecast Forum and hope many of you will join us.

Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19, has been established as the 12th federal holiday. The bill passed unanimously on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate and in a 415-14 vote on Wednesday in the House of Representatives. It was yesterday signed into law by President Joe Biden. It is the first new holiday since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983. Juneteenth became a legal holiday in Wisconsin in 2009 under then-Governor Doyle, and, after the 2020 murder of George Floyd, a number of banks in Wisconsin have closed their lobbies and given employees time off in observance of the holiday. As the June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, most federal employees will observe the holiday today, June 18, however, when a holiday falls on a Saturday, the Fed does not observe it on the Friday before. U.S. stock markets are scheduled to remain open this year. 

On June 19, 1865, approximately two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after Confederates surrendered in April 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Slavery was outlawed across the nation with the ratification of the 15th Amendment six months later. 

Juneteenth events will be taking place around Wisconsin this weekend. Other ways to commemorate Juneteenth include reading and tuning into dialogue surrounding race and equality, supporting Black-owned businesses, and donating to organizations that make a positive impact on Black communities.

In the words of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Of all Emancipation Day observances, Juneteenth falls closest to the summer solstice. . . the longest day of the year, when the sun, at its zenith, defies the darkness in every state, including those once shadowed by slavery. By choosing to celebrate the last place in the South that freedom touched — reflecting the mystical glow of history and lore, memory and myth, as Ralph Ellison evoked in his posthumous novel, Juneteenth — we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path America took by delaying it and deferring fulfillment of those simple, unanticipating words in Gen. Granger’s original order No. 3: that ‘This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.’”

By, Cassie Krause

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

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

Agencies Finalize Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold. 

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are finalizing amendments to the official interpretations for their regulations that implement section 129H of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Section 129H of TILA establishes special appraisal requirements for “higher-risk mortgages,” termed “higher-priced mortgage loans” or “HPMLs” in the agencies’ regulations. The Agencies issued joint final rules implementing these requirements, effective 01/18/2014. The Agencies’ rules exempted, among other loan types, transactions of $25,000 or less, and required that this loan amount be adjusted annually based on any annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, OCC, FRB, and CFPB will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage increase in the CPI– W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the CPI–W in effect as of 06/01/2019, the exemption threshold will increase from $26,700 to $27,200, effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-30/pdf/2019-21559.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 210, 10/30/2019, 58013-58017.

Agencies Finalize Amendments to Consumer Leasing.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) are finalizing amendments to the official interpretations and commentary for the agencies’ regulations that implement the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amended the CLA by requiring that the dollar threshold for exempt consumer leases be adjusted annually by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, FRB and CFPB will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage change in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W as of 06/01/2019, the exemption threshold will increase from $57,200 to $58,300 effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-30/pdf/2019-21554.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 210, 10/30/2019, 58017-58020. 

Agencies Finalize Amendments to Truth in Lending.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) are publishing final rules amending the official interpretations and commentary for the agencies’ regulations that implement the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amended TILA by requiring that the dollar threshold for exempt consumer credit transactions be adjusted annually by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W). If there is no annual percentage increase in the CPI– W, FRB and CFPB will not adjust this exemption threshold from the prior year. However, in years following a year in which the exemption threshold was not adjusted, the threshold is calculated by applying the annual percentage change in the CPI–W to the dollar amount that would have resulted, after rounding, if the decreases and any subsequent increases in the CPI–W had been taken into account. Based on the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W as of 06/01/2019, the exemption threshold will increase from $57,200 to $58,300 effective 01/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-30/pdf/2019-21557.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 210, 10/30/2019, 58020-58026.

Agencies Finalize Changes to Applicability Thresholds for Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Requirements.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are adopting a final rule to revise the criteria for determining the applicability of regulatory capital and liquidity requirements for large U.S. banking organizations and the U.S. intermediate holding companies of certain foreign banking organizations. The final rule establishes four risk-based categories for determining the applicability of requirements under the agencies’ regulatory capital rule and liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) rule. Under the final rule, such requirements increase in stringency based on measures of size, cross-jurisdictional activity, weighted short-term wholesale funding, nonbank assets, and off-balance sheet exposure. The final rule applies tailored regulatory capital and liquidity requirements to depository institution holding companies and U.S. intermediate holding companies with $100 billion or more in total consolidated assets as well as to certain depository institutions. The final rule is effective 12/31/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23800.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 212, 11/01/2019, 59230-59283.

Agencies Finalize Rule on Resolution Planning.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are jointly adopting this final rule implementing the resolution planning requirements of section 165(d) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act). This final rule is intended to reflect improvements identified since the agencies finalized their joint resolution plan rule in November 2011 (2011 rule) and to address amendments to the Dodd-Frank Act made by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). The final rule also extends the default resolution plan filing cycle, allows for more focused resolution plan submissions, and improves certain aspects of the resolution planning rule. The rule is effective 12/31/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23967.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 212, 11/01/2019, 59194-59228.

Agencies Propose Interagency Guidance on Credit Risk Review Systems.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) proposed guidance for credit risk review systems. The proposed guidance is relevant to all institutions supervised by the agencies. The proposed guidance discusses sound management of credit risk, a system of independent, ongoing credit review, and appropriate communication regarding the performance of the institution’s loan portfolio to its management and board of directors. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22656.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55679-55684.

Agencies Propose Interagency Policy Statement on Allowances for Credit Losses.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) proposed interagency policy statement on allowances for credit losses (ACLs). The agencies are issuing this proposed interagency policy statement in response to changes to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016–13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments and subsequent amendments issued since June 2016. These updates are codified in Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 326, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (FASB ASC Topic 326). Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22655.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55510-55522.

Agencies Propose 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) issued a proposed rule that would 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 (Swap Margin Rule). The Swap Margin Rule as adopted in 2015 takes effect under a phased compliance schedule spanning from 2016 through 2020, and the dealers covered by the rule continue to hold swaps in their portfolios that were entered into before the effective dates of the rule. Such swaps are grandfathered from the Swap Margin Rule’s requirements until they expire according to their terms. The proposed rule would permit swaps entered into prior to an applicable compliance date (legacy swaps) to retain their legacy status in the event that they are amended to replace an interbank offered rate (IBOR) or other discontinued rate, repeal the inter-affiliate initial margin provisions, introduce an additional compliance date for initial margin requirements, clarify the point in time at which trading documentation must be in place, permit legacy swaps to retain their legacy status in the event that they are amended due to technical amendments, notional reductions, or portfolio compression exercises, and make technical changes to relocate the provision addressing amendments to legacy swaps that are made to comply with the Qualified Financial Contract Rules, as defined in the Supplementary Information section. Comments are due 12/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-23541.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59970-59989.

Agencies Request Comment on Reporting of Data on Loans to Small Businesses and Small Farms.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are requesting comment on ways to modify the current requirements for reporting data on loans to small businesses and small farms in the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) so that the reported data better reflect lending to these sectors of the U.S. economy. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22568.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55687-55690.

Agencies Request Comment on Information Collection.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced they seek comment on the information collection titled Market Risk Regulatory Report for Institutions Subject to the Market Risk Capital Rule. The agencies also gave notice that they sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22654.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55685-55686.

Agencies Request Comment on Application of the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are 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 assigned ratings are commonly known as CAMELS ratings. The agencies also are interested in receiving feedback concerning the current use of CAMELS ratings by the agencies in their bank application and enforcement action processes. Comments are due 12/30/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23739.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58383-58386.

CFPB Finalizes Amendments to Regulation C.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is amending Regulation C to adjust the threshold for reporting data about open-end lines of credit by extending to 01/01/2022, the current temporary threshold of 500 open-end lines of credit. CFPB is also incorporating into Regulation C the interpretations and procedures from the interpretive and procedural rule that CFPB issued on 08/31/2018, and implementing further the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The final rule is effective on 01/01/2020, except for the amendments to § 1003.2 in amendatory instruction 6, the amendments to § 1003.3 in amendatory instruction 7, and the amendments to supplement I to part 1003 in amendatory instruction 8, which are effective on 01/01/2022. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-29/pdf/2019-22561.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 209, 10/29/2019, 57946-58004.

CFPB Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Evaluation of Financial Empowerment Training Program. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-18/pdf/2019-22770.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 202, 10/18/2019, 55945-55946.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Generic Information Collection Plan for Information on Compliance Costs and Other Effects of Regulations. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-18/pdf/2019-22771.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 202, 10/18/2019, 55944-55945.

FRB Finalizes Amendments to Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect FRB’s approval of a decrease in the rate for primary credit at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at each Reserve Bank automatically decreased by formula as a result of FRB’s primary credit rate action. The rule is effective 11/07/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-24273.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59923-59924.

FRB Finalizes Amendments to Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions.

FRB is amending Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) to revise the rate of interest paid on balances maintained to satisfy reserve balance requirements (IORR) and the rate of interest paid on excess balances (IOER) maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of eligible institutions. The final amendments specify that IORR is 1.55 percent and IOER is 1.55 percent, a 0.25 percentage point decrease from their prior levels. The amendments are intended to enhance the role of such rates of interest in moving the Federal funds rate into the target range established by the Federal Open Market Committee. The amendments are effective 11/07/2019, and the rates are applicable 10/31/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-24272.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59924-59926. 

FRB Proposes Risk-Based Capital Requirements for Depository Institution Holding Companies Significantly Engaged in Insurance Activities. 

FRB is inviting comment on a proposal to establish risk-based capital requirements for depository institution holding companies that are significantly engaged in insurance activities. FRB is proposing a risk-based capital framework, termed the Building Block Approach, that adjusts and aggregates existing legal entity capital requirements to determine an enterprise-wide capital requirement, together with a risk-based capital requirement excluding insurance activities, in compliance with section 171 of the Dodd-Frank Act. FRB is additionally proposing to apply a buffer to limit an insurance depository institution holding company’s capital distributions and discretionary bonus payments if it does not hold sufficient capital relative to enterprise-wide risk, including risk from insurance activities. The proposal would also revise reporting requirements for depository institution holding companies significantly engaged in insurance activities. Comments are due 10/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-24/pdf/2019-21978.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 206, 10/24/2019, 57240-57301.

FDIC Finalizes Company-Run Stress Testing Requirements.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is adopting a final rule to amend the FDIC’s company-run stress testing regulations applicable to state nonmember banks and state savings associations, consistent with section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). Specifically, the final rule revises the minimum threshold for applicability from $10 billion to $250 billion, revises the frequency of required stress tests by FDIC-supervised institutions, and reduces the number of required stress testing scenarios from three to two. The final rule also makes certain conforming and technical changes. The rule is effective 11/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-24/pdf/2019-23036.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 206, 10/24/2019, 56929-56935.

FDIC Proposes Removal of Transferred OTS Regulations.

FDIC proposes to rescind and remove certain regulations transferred in 2011 to the FDIC from the former Office of Thrift Supervision pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act). In addition to the removal of part 390, subpart S, FDIC proposes to make technical changes to other parts of FDIC’s regulations so that they may be applicable on their terms to State savings associations. Following the removal of the identified regulations, the regulations governing the operations of State savings associations will be substantially the same as those for all other FDIC-supervised institutions. FDIC invites comments on all aspects of this proposed rulemaking. Comments are due 12/02/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23115.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58492-58520.

FDIC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • 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 12/30/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-29/pdf/2019-23527.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 209, 10/29/2019, 27869-27874.
  • FDIC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Information Collection for Innovation Pilot Programs. FDIC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 01/06/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-06/pdf/2019-24209.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 215, 11/06/2019, 59808-59809.

FDIC Appointed Receiver, Liquidator, or Manager.

FDIC has been appointed the sole receiver for the financial institutions listed in the table in the notice effective as of the Date Closed as indicated in the listing. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23820.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 212, 11/01/2019, 58718.

OCC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled OCC Supplier Registration Form. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/14/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/pdf/2019-22407.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 199, 10/15/2019, 55228-55229.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Regulation C—Home Mortgage Disclosure. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-16/pdf/2019-22473.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 200, 10/16/2019, 55378-55379.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Regulation Z—Truth in Lending Act. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-04/pdf/2019-23960.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 213, 11/04/2019, 59446-59449.

HUD Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled HUD Certified Housing Counselor Registration. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/10/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-11/pdf/2019-22334.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 198, 10/11/2019, 54915-54916.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance—Technical Submission. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/10/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-11/pdf/2019-22332.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 198, 10/11/2019, 54916-54917.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Emergency Solutions Grants Program Recordkeeping Requirements. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/10/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-11/pdf/2019-22333.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 198, 10/11/2019, 54917-54919.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Guide 5500.3, Revision 1. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/20/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-21/pdf/2019-22918.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 203, 10/21/2019, 56199-56201.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Application for FHA Insured Mortgages. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/24/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/pdf/2019-23240.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 207, 10/25/2019, 57464-57468.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled HUD-Owned Real Estate Sales Contract and Addendums. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/30/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23790.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58406-58407.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Mortgage Insurance Termination Application for Premium Refund or Distributive Share Payment. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/30/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23791.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58408.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Ginnie Mae Multiclass Securities Program Documents. HUD 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-2019-11-04/pdf/2019-23961.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 213, 11/04/2019, 59412-59414.

HUD Issues Debenture Interest Rate for Mortgage and Loan Insurance Programs.

HUD announced changes in the interest rates to be paid on debentures issued with respect to a loan or mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration under the provisions of the National Housing Act (the Act). The interest rate for debentures issued under Section 221(g)(4) of the Act during the 6-month period beginning 07/01/2019, is 2 3/8 percent. The interest rate for debentures issued under any other provision of the Act is the rate in effect on the date that the commitment to insure the loan or mortgage was issued, or the date that the loan or mortgage was endorsed (or initially endorsed if there are two or more endorsements) for insurance, whichever rate is higher. The interest rate for debentures issued under these other provisions with respect to a loan or mortgage committed or endorsed during the 6-month period beginning 07/01/2019, is 2 3⁄4 percent. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23789.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58405-58406.

FEMA Issues Final Rules on Suspensions of NFIP Community Eligibility.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a final rule which identifies communities in the state of Illinois, 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-2019-10-23/pdf/2019-23123.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 205, 10/23/2019, 56704-56705.

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, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, 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-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23883.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 212, 11/01/2019, 58729-58732.

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 Minnesota, and 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 01/14/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-16/pdf/2019-22455.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 200, 10/16/2019, 55324-55325.

FinCEN Finalizes Special Measure Against the Islamic Republic of Iran as a Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern. 

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule, pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, to prohibit the opening or maintaining of correspondent accounts in the United States for, or on behalf of, Iranian financial institutions, and the use of foreign financial institutions’ correspondent accounts at covered U.S. financial institutions to process transactions involving Iranian financial institutions. The final rule is effective 11/14/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-04/pdf/2019-23697.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 213, 11/04/2019, 59302-59313.

Treasury Proposes Assessment of Fees to Cover the Expenses of the Financial Research Funds.

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a proposed rule to implement section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Economic Growth Act), which amends section 155 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). As amended, section 155 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to establish, by regulation, an assessment schedule applicable to bank holding companies with total consolidated assets of $250 billion or greater and nonbank financial companies supervised by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), to collect assessments equal to the total expenses of the Office of Financial Research (OFR). Treasury is also proposing other amendments to simplify the method for determining the amount of total assessable assets for foreign banking organizations, which have been made possible by the introduction of a new regulatory data source. Comments are due 12/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-04/pdf/2019-23906.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 213, 11/04/2019, 59320-59325.  

Treasury Proposes Rules Regarding Eligible Terminated S Corporations.

Treasury issued a proposed rulemaking regarding the definition of an eligible terminated S corporation (ETSC). In addition, these proposed regulations provide rules relating to distributions of money by an ETSC after the post-termination transition period (PTTP). Finally, these proposed regulations revise current regulations to extend the treatment of distributions of money during the PTTP to all shareholders of the corporation and to update and clarify the allocation of current earnings and profits to distributions of money and other property. These proposed regulations would affect certain C corporations and the shareholders of such corporations. Comments are due 12/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-24098.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 60011-60025.

Treasury Proposes Updated Life Expectancy and Distribution Period Tables. 

Treasury proposes regulations providing guidance relating to the life expectancy and distribution period tables that are used to calculate required minimum distributions from qualified retirement plans, individual retirement accounts and annuities, and certain other tax favored employer-provided retirement arrangements. The regulations affect participants, beneficiaries, and plan administrators of these qualified retirement plans and other tax-favored employer-provided retirement arrangements, as well as owners, beneficiaries, trustees and custodians of individual retirement accounts and annuities. Comments are due 01/07/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-08/pdf/2019-24065.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 217, 11/08/2019, 60812-60844.

Treasury Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled BEA Program Application. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/pdf/2019-22377.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 199, 10/15/2019, 55223-55228.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Uses of Award Report Form. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22574.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55678-55679.
  • 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 12/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-28/pdf/2019-23440.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 208, 10/28/2019, 57810.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Requirements for Qualified Domestic Trust. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/24/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/pdf/2019-23397.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 207, 10/25/2019, 57551.

Treasury Issues Fee Schedule for the Transfer of U.S. Treasury Book-Entry Securities Held on the Fedwire Securities Service.

Treasury issued a new fee schedule applicable to transfers of U.S. Treasury book-entry securities maintained on the Fedwire Securities Service (Fedwire) that occur on or after 01/02/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-28/pdf/2019-23482.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 208, 10/28/2019, 57808.

SBA Requests Comment on Information Collection. 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Stockholders Confirmation (Corporation): Ownership Confirmation. SBA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-24313.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 60134-60135.

RUS Repeals Rural Telephone Bank, Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program and the Local Television Loan Guarantee Program. 

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is repealing the Rural Telephone Bank, Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program and the Local Television Loan Guarantee Program from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This action removes expired and terminated programs from the CFR as repealed by the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill). The statutory changes result from the 2018 Farm Bill. Additionally, conforming changes are being made to other regulations as a result of the statutory changes. The final rule is effective 01/06/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-24310.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59919-59923.

NCUA Amends Public Unit and Nonmember Shares Rule.

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is amending NCUA’s public unit and nonmember share rule to allow federal credit unions (FCU) to receive public unit and nonmember shares up to 50 percent of the credit union’s net amount of paid-in and unimpaired capital and surplus less any public unit and nonmember shares. This final rule also makes a conforming change to NCUA’s regulations that apply the public unit and nonmember share limit to all federally insured credit unions (FICUs). The final rule is effective 01/29/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-31/pdf/2019-23679.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 211, 10/31/2019, 58305-58309.

NCUA Proposes Amendments to Chartering and Field of Membership Rules.

NCUA is proposing to amend its chartering and field of membership (FOM) rules with respect to applicants for a community charter approval, expansion, or conversion. Specifically, NCUA is proposing to re-adopt a provision to allow an applicant to designate a Combined Statistical Area (CSA), or an individual, contiguous portion thereof, as a well-defined local community (WDLC), provided that the chosen area has a population of 2.5 million or less. Separately, in accordance with an August 2019 opinion and order issued by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (court) with respect to communities based on a Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) or a portion thereof, NCUA is providing further explanation and support for its elimination of the requirement to serve the CBSA’s core area as provided for in a 2016 rulemaking. In addition, NCUA is proposing to clarify existing requirements and add an explicit provision to its rules to address concerns about potential discrimination in the FOM selection for CSAs and CBSAs. Comments are due 12/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-23680.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59989-60115.

NCUA Issues 2020-2021 Budget Justification Draft.

NCUA is making available it’s “Detailed Business-Type Budget” available for public review. The proposed resources w   ill finance the agency’s annual operations and capital projects, both of which are necessary for the agency to accomplish its mission. The briefing schedule and comment instructions are included in the supplementary information section. Comments are due 12/02/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23856.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 212, 11/01/2019, 59126-59192.

NCUA Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Written Reimbursement Policy. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/16/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-16/pdf/2019-22493.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 200, 10/16/2019, 55338.
  • NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Supervisory Committee Audits and Verifications. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22686.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 201, 10/17/2019, 55591-55592.
  • 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 12/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-24/pdf/2019-23212.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 206, 10/24/2019, 57056-57057.

VA Requests Comment on Information Collection.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Statement of Purchaser or Owner Assuming Seller’s Loan. VA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 12/17/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-18/pdf/2019-22750.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 202, 10/18/2019, 56020.

DOL Finalizes Regulations on Authorizing Electronic Payments of Civil Monetary Penalties.

The Department of Labor (DOL) revises its regulations issued pursuant to the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), the H–2A provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (H– 2A), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) governing the payment of civil money penalties (CMPs) assessed by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The regulatory revisions expand the CMP payment methods beyond the options specified in the current text by allowing for the payment of CMPs through an electronic payment alternative, and otherwise amend the regulations to ensure uniform payment instructions. The existing MSPA, H–2A, FLSA, and EPPA regulations require persons assessed a CMP under those statutory schemes to remit payment in person or by mail using a certified check or money order. In recognition of modern payment methods, DOL is amending these regulations to allow for payment of the CMPs via an electronic payment alternative, any successor system, or by any additional payment method that DOL may deem acceptable in the future. The rule is effective 11/07/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-07/pdf/2019-23849.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 216, 11/07/2019, 59928-59931.

DOL Proposes Default Electronic Disclosure by Employee Pension Benefit Plans Under ERISA.

DOL proposed a new, additional safe harbor for the use of electronic media by employee benefit plans to furnish information to participants and beneficiaries of plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The proposal, if adopted, would allow plan administrators who satisfy specified conditions to provide participants and beneficiaries with a notice that certain disclosures will be made available on a website. Individuals who prefer to receive these disclosures on paper will be able to request paper copies and to opt out of electronic delivery entirely. DOL expects that the proposal, if adopted, would improve the effectiveness of the disclosures and significantly reduce the costs and burden associated with furnishing many of the recurring and most costly ERISA disclosures. This document also contains, in section D of the preamble, a Request for Information that explores whether and how any additional changes to ERISA’s general disclosure framework, focusing on design, delivery, and content, may be made to further improve the effectiveness of ERISA disclosures. Comments are due 11/22/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-23/pdf/2019-22901.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 205, 10/23/2019, 56894-56923.

SSA Issues Correction to Prohibiting Persons With Certain Criminal Convictions From Serving as Representative Payees.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) published final rules in the Federal Register on 02/15/2019 to prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under the Social Security Act (Act), as required by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. Those final rules inadvertently included two words in three places that should not have been there, and omitted one word in two sections of the rules. The document corrects the inadvertent inclusions and omissions in the final rules. The correction is effective 10/25/2019, and applicable 03/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/pdf/2019-23235.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 207, 10/25/2019, 57319-57320. 

DoD Finalizes Rule on Obtaining Information From Financial Institutions.

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule removing the regulation which describes the procedures for complying with the Right to Financial Privacy Act (RFPA). On 05/29/2019, the DoD revised its overarching regulation for compliance with the RFPA which supersedes this part. This part is now unnecessary and should be removed from the CFR. The final rule is effective 11/06/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-06/pdf/2019-24030.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 215, 11/06/2019, 59723.

By, Ally Bates

The below article is the Compliance Notes section of the September 2019 Compliance Journal. The full issue may be viewed by clicking here.

NCUA released interim guidance on serving hemp businesses, which discusses how federally insured credit unions may provide certain financial services to legally operating hemp businesses. The guidance may be viewed at: https://www.ncua.gov/regulation-supervision/letters-credit-unions-other-guidance/serving-hemp-businesses


FDIC released its August 2019 FDIC Consumer News featuring an article warning about scams involving fake checks. The article also included a number of tips for spotting fake checks and steps a consumer should take if a bogus check scam is suspected. The article may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/august2019.pdf


FFIEC announced the availability of data on mortgage lending transactions at 5,683 U.S. financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Covered institutions include banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. Released are loan-level HMDA data covering 2018 lending activity that were submitted on or before August 7, 2019.  The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/ffiec-announces-availability-2018-data-mortgage-lending/


FDIC updated it Risk Management Manual of Examination Policies to incorporate a new section titled Risk-Focused, Forward-Looking Safety and Soundness Supervision. The latter describes the FDIC’s long-standing philosophy and methods for supervising institutions by focusing on the areas presenting the greatest risks. The new section has been included in the new Part VI of the Manual titled “Appendix: Examination Processes and Tools,” and describes communication and risk-tailoring principles followed during safety and soundness examination activities. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2019/fil19047.html


CFPB launched the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN), a network to enhance coordination among federal and state regulators to facilitate financial innovation. CFPB invited all state regulators to join ACFIN, and the initial members of ACFIN are the Attorneys General of: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/bureau-state-regulators-launch-american-consumer-financial-innovation-network/


OCC issued a bulletin to remind banks of the new registration requirement for appraisal management companies (AMC) that became effective on August 10, 2019. Under this requirement, AMCs must register with the state or states in which they do business and must be subject to state supervision. Federal law bars AMCs from providing appraisal management services to financial institutions for consumer credit transactions secured by a consumer’s principal dwelling that are federally related transactions if the AMCs are not registered as required. This bulletin discusses considerations for banks with regard to confirming AMC registration as part of sound third-party risk management and suggests alternatives that banks can use when no registered AMCs are available. The bulletin may be viewed at: https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/bulletins/2019/bulletin-2019-43.html


ABA released an article on preparing for a lapse in flood insurance. When the NFIP lapses, either due to a shutdown of the federal government or because Congress does not reauthorize it, many loan closings in these areas are delayed or otherwise complicated, resulting in additional costs and borrower frustrations. Unfortunately, the potential for lapse has become increasingly common, with 10 short-term extensions of the program and two brief lapses since 2016. The current authorization for the NFIP will expire at midnight on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. The article may be viewed at: https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2019/09/how-banks-should-prepare-for-a-flood-insurance-lapse/. FRB, FDIC, OCC, and FCA also have issued an interagency statement on lapses in the NFIP. The statement may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2018/pr18106.html 


FDIC released results of its annual survey of branch office deposits for all FDIC-insured institutions as of June 30, 2019. The FDIC’s Summary of Deposits (SOD) provides deposit totals for each of the more than 86,000 domestic offices operated by more than 5,300 FDIC-insured commercial and savings banks, savings associations, and U.S. branches of foreign banks. The results may be viewed at: https://www5.fdic.gov/sod/sodMarketBank.asp?barItem=2


FHFA announced a revised cap structure on the multifamily businesses of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).  The new multifamily loan purchase caps will be $100 billion for each Enterprise, a combined total of $200 billion in support to the multifamily market, for the five-quarter period Q4 2019 – Q4 2020.  The new caps apply to all multifamily business – no exclusions. The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/FHFA-Revises-Multifamily-Loan-Purchase-Caps-for-Fannie-Mae-and-Freddie-Mac.aspx


FTC charged the operators of two similar student loan debt relief schemes, and a financing company that assisted them, with bilking millions of dollars from consumers. The defendants allegedly charged illegal upfront fees that they led consumers to believe went towards consumers’ student loans, and falsely promised that their services would permanently lower or even eliminate consumers’ loan payments or balances. The defendants also signed customers up for high-interest loans to pay the fees without making required disclosures. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/09/ftc-takes-action-against-operators-student-loan-debt-relief


FDIC posted its state profile for second quarter 2019. FDIC State Profiles is a quarterly summary of banking and economic conditions in each state. The profiles may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/bank/analytical/stateprofile/


HUD announced a significant expansion of its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to facilitate capital investment in senior housing developments assisted through HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC). Expanding RAD to include Section 202 PRAC units will now allow nonprofit housing developers to access capital investment to revitalize their aging properties and to ensure sustainable affordability for their very low-income elderly residents. There are approximately 120,000 units across 2,800 properties that will now become eligible to participate in RAD. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/2019-09hsgn.pdf


NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood issued the following detailed statement in response to the Aug. 20, 2019, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in American Bankers Association v. National Credit Union Administration: “In response to the D.C. Circuit’s ruling, which largely upholds the NCUA’s field-of-membership rules, the NCUA will take a phased approach to implementing this decision. Such a phased approach is necessary because the D.C. Circuit’s ruling remains subject to requests for further review. With respect to credit unions serving rural districts, the NCUA Board will permit federal credit unions to submit applications seeking expanded rural districts serving geographic regions that encompass up to one million people and that meet the other requirements set forth in the agency’s field-of-membership rules. The NCUA will act on such applications at the appropriate time. The D.C. Circuit upheld the portion of NCUA’s 2016 rule, which allowed charters serving Combined Statistical Areas or a portion thereof, subject to a 2.5-million person limit. We will announce further guidance on this issue shortly. In the near future, the NCUA Board will consider a limited proposal that will address another issue raised by the D.C. Circuit regarding the definition of local community that includes portions of Core-Based Statistical Areas that do not include the urban core. The format of this proposal will be a notice of proposed rulemaking with public comment.” The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.ncua.gov/newsroom/press-release/2019/chairman-hood-ncua-will-take-phased-approach-implement-fom-rule


CFPB released the results of a pilot study, Planning for tax-time savings, launched with the tax preparation company H&R Block that shows that simple messages encouraging customers to use their prepaid card to save at tax time increased the likelihood that they would do so. The pilot study, conducted during the 2017 tax filing season, randomly assigned a subset of H&R Block’s prepaid card customers to one of three groups. One group was sent an email with a message encouraging them to save using a savings feature on the prepaid card, one was sent an email message offering them a $5 incentive to save on the card, and one was not sent any savings message. The study may be viewed at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_planning-for-tax-time-savings_report.pdf


FHFA announced it is expanding its foreclosure prevention options to allow borrowers in Presidentially Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) with delinquent FHA-insured mortgages to bring their mortgages current without increasing their interest rates or principal and interest payments. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_19_132


FRB released the latest issue of the Consumer Compliance Outlook. This issue features articles on effective change management, and vendor considerations for flood insurance requirements. The issue may be viewed at: https://consumercomplianceoutlook.org/    


FinCEN has launched its Global Investigations Division (GID), which will be responsible for implementing targeted investigation strategies rooted in FinCEN’s unique authorities under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to combat illicit finance threats and related crimes, both domestically and internationally. FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco announced that Matthew Stiglitz, a former Principal Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, will lead GID. The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/new-fincen-division-focuses-identifying-primary-foreign-money-laundering-threats


FDIC updated its Risk Management Manual of Examination Policies (the Manual) to incorporate a new section titled Risk-Focused, Forward-Looking Safety and Soundness Supervision. The latter describes the FDIC’s long-standing philosophy and methods for supervising institutions by focusing on the areas presenting the greatest risks. The new section has been included in the new Part VI of the Manual titled “Appendix: Examination Processes and Tools,” and describes communication and risk-tailoring principles followed during safety and soundness examination activities. The announcement may be viewed at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2019/fil19047.html


CFPB released its fourth biennial report on the state of the credit card market for the period 2017-2018. In 2009, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (Act) made substantial changes to the legal requirements applicable to the credit card market, with Section 502 of the Act also requiring that a report be issued every two years with respect to the market. The report may be viewed at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_consumer-credit-card-market-report_2019.pdf


FRB conducted a floating-rate offering of term deposits through its Term Deposit Facility on August 22, 2019. The operation offered seven-day term deposits with the rate set equal to the sum of the interest rate paid on excess reserves plus a fixed spread of 1 basis point. The results of the offering may be viewed at: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20190822a.htm


OCC will host two workshops at the OCC Central District Office in Chicago, October 1 and 2, for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations supervised by the OCC. The workshops are taught by experienced OCC staff and are two of the 24 offered nationwide to enhance and expand the skills of national community bank and federal savings association directors. Registration information may be viewed at: https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2019/nr-occ-2019-96.html


OFAC and FinCEN announced coordinated actions to bring additional financial pressure upon those who manufacture, sell, or distribute synthetic opioids or their precursor chemicals. The announcement may be viewed at: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm756

By, Ally Bates

Events

A fundamental study of how money functions in the U.S. and world economies. How money supply, the banking system, the Federal Reserve and the federal government are all interrelated, and how changes in the financial system can affect individuals, businesses, and governments on a world-wide basis are covered.

The required textbook for this course is Money and Banking.

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to order the required book for this course.  We recommend that you FIRST select and add your course session to the shopping cart, then select your preferred format of book from the “Recommended Training” options that appear alongside the shopping cart.

Audience: Bank personnel who have not had a formal course in money and banking and who wish to increase their understanding of the banking industry; officer trainees through the mid-management level.

Price: $430

A fundamental study of how money functions in the U.S. and world economies. How money supply, the banking system, the Federal Reserve and the federal government are all interrelated, and how changes in the financial system can affect individuals, businesses, and governments on a world-wide basis are covered.

The required textbook for this course is Money and Banking.

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to order the required book for this course.  We recommend that you FIRST select and add your course session to the shopping cart, then select your preferred format of book from the “Recommended Training” options that appear alongside the shopping cart.

Audience: Bank personnel who have not had a formal course in money and banking and who wish to increase their understanding of the banking industry; officer trainees through the mid-management level.

Price: $430

Don’t miss this unique Midwest and national economic forecast for 2022!

Presented by the Wisconsin Bankers Association, in partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association, Michigan Bankers Association, Minnesota Bankers Association, Montana Bankers Association, and South Dakota Bankers Association

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – 10:30 a.m. – Noon CT (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET or 9:30–11:00 a.m. MT)

Prepare for 2022 by joining an economic outlook with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari during this virtual event. Then listen to Dr. David Kohl, Economist and Professor Emeritus with Virginia Tech, as he dives into the economic mega trends he expects in 2022 and beyond.

Bankers are encouraged to invite their best clients to virtually share these economic insights. Individual and group registration rates are available.

Virtual Forum Agenda

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. CT

An Economic Outlook with Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari

Time will be allotted for open Q & A.

11:15 a.m.–Noon CT

Economic Mega Trends 2022 and Beyond with Dr. David Kohl

The pandemic and geopolitical risk has accelerated change in economics and businesses in the U.S. and globally. Bankers, financial services representatives, and regulators must be in the position to interpret both domestic and global economic forces and mega trends that will impact the financial health of their institutions and customers. What are the global economic disruptors and power shifts? How will trade, geopolitics, supply chains, climate changes, and weather in extremes impact competitors? How will the stimulus package and Central Bank’s accommodative policy impact strategic positioning? What are some major mega trends on the horizon? What are the lead and lag indicators that need to be on the dashboards of decision makers? Join Dr. Kohl, an economist and small business person who has traveled over 10 million air miles, delivered 9,000 plus speeches, and presented over 350 webinars connect the dots, and provide wisdom for those walking in the ever-changing economic and business space.

Who Should Attend?

Bank leaders with an interest in the economic and business environment will find value in hearing from our nationally-recognized speakers. Bankers are encouraged to invite their business customers to attend as a part of the bank’s group of attendees. Group pricing is available for your bank. Associate Members of the presenting state bankers associations are also invited to register to attend.

Registration Information

Registration is available individually or as a group. Take advantage of our group pricing to invite additional staff and business customers to join your bank in attending!

  • Individual Registration – $39/connection
  • Group Registration – up to 10 virtual connections – $149/group

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for this multi-state event. Contact WBA’s Lori Kalscheuer via email for more information.

Media Inquiries: For a Media Registration for the event, please contact WBA’s Cassandra Krause at 608-441-1216 or ckrause@wisbank.com. Advance registration is required.