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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.

Rose Oswald PoelsBy Rose Oswald Poels

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

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

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

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

On Tuesday, WBA hosted a virtual meeting with bankers and OCC to discuss concerns of the industry and to gather insight of OCC’s perspective as Wisconsin’s banking industry continues moving forward through pandemic recovery. Discussion included: CTR filings for bank cash orders handled by Thillens, continued efforts of CECL implementation, monitoring CRE and the impact of vacancies as office space needs change, thinking through liquidity contingencies, LIBOR, cybersecurity and importance of good business resumption plans, importance of strong underwriting practices, awareness of loan downpayments amounts, and careful review of evaluations due to the current hot real estate market. Bankers shared concerns over exams losing the focus of being risk-based.  

Those attending the meeting included National Bank of Commerce President and CEO Steven Burgess, National Exchange Bank & Trust President and CEO James Chatterton, OCC Assistant Deputy Comptroller Mike Larabee, OCC Associate Deputy Comptroller Ben Lemanski, and OCC Central District Deputy Comptroller Brian James. WBA staff present included Rose Oswald Poels, Daryll Lund, Scott Birrenkott, and Heather MacKinnon.

When asked of their current expectations regarding struggling borrowers, OCC stated they are using the same approach as was taken during the pandemic; banks should continue to work with struggling borrowers, document position taken, and to feel free to have further conversations with the exam team and OCC district office regarding the treatment or classification of a particular borrower. OCC also shared that discussions continue at a high level on the topics of fair lending, climate changes, bank collaborations with fintechs, and OCC’s efforts to work collaboratively on CRA.  

WBA continues to engage in small group virtual meetings with each of the banking regulators over the course of the next few months. Normally, we host these meetings in person in Madison in addition to visiting the industry’s regulators in Washington each fall. If you are interested in participating in a small group virtual conversation with your bank’s regulator, please contact WBA’s VP-Legal Heather MacKinnon at hmackinnon@wisbank.com. In addition to sharing which regulator is your bank’s primary federal regulator, please also provide Heather with any specific topic or issue you’d like to make sure is raised during these conversations.   

By, Alex Paniagua

On April 8, 2020 WBA filed comments on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (agencies) proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations (proposed rule). The agencies proposed to clarify which activities qualify for CRA credit, update where activities count for CRA credit, create a new method for measuring CRA performance, and new CRA-related data collection, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. 

WBA commented that while banks remain committed to the CRA goals, the regulation has become overly complex, unpredictable, and not kept pace with modern trends and technology. In the letter, WBA requested additional clarity on various aspects of the methods mentioned above, recommended changes, and highlighted the need for significant reduction in burden by providing examples of costs. Lastly, WBA urged all three banking agencies—the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve—to develop a final CRA rule that is issued on an interagency basis.

View the Comment Letter.

By, Ally Bates

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

On January 9, 2020 the OCC, Treasury, and FDIC (agencies) issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking (proposed rule) to modernize Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. The proposed 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 (1) clarify which activities qualify for CRA credit, (2) update where activities count for CRA credit, (3) create a more transparent and objective method for measuring CRA performance, and (4) provide for more transparent, consistent, and timely CRA-related data collection, recordkeeping, and reporting. Comments on the proposed rule are due March 9, 2020. 

Background 

Congress enacted the CRA in 1977 with the purpose of encouraging sound lending to all areas of a bank’s community. The OCC, FDIC, and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve have since issued regulations to implement the statute. The proposed rule presents the first major revisions to CRA regulation since 1995.  

The agencies have acknowledged that over the past 25 years, technology and the expansion of interstate banking have transformed the financial services industry, how banks deliver their services, and how customers choose to bank. Recognizing the need for modernization, the agencies issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) in 2018. WBA, along with bankers, trade groups, and other industries, offered feedback on the CRA framework through comments on the ANPR. Comments discussed how current CRA framework has not kept pace with changes in banking or technology and that the CRA regulations and guidance has become cumbersome, outdated, and complex. WBA’s comment letter highlighted points received by member banks, specifically challenges presented when:  

  • An activity qualifies for CRA credit during one exam, but not the next, 
  • A bank believes that an activity will receive CRA credit, but does not, and 
  • A bank is unable to obtain confirmation in advance that an activity will receive credit.   

The proposed rule would address these comments by clarifying and expanding what qualifies for CRA credit. That aspect of the rule is discussed below, along with select provisions. Note that this article is intended to summarize key provisions of the proposed rule rather than provide a comprehensive overview. For the complete rule please see the link at the end of the article. This article covers the four main elements of the rule: what counts for CRA credit, where activities count for CRA credit, measuring CRA performance, and CRA-related data collection. 

Clarifying and Expanding What Qualifies for CRA Credit 

Under the current CRA framework, qualifying activities generally fall into the category of retail banking or community development (CD) activities, depending on various considerations. Most banks face uncertainty as to what types of activities meet those considerations and thus, qualify for CRA credit. The proposed rule aims to remedy this in a few ways. Two are presented below: an expansion upon the definition of “qualifying activities” and the creation of a qualifying activities confirmation process alongside an illustrative list of qualifying activities. 

Qualifying Activities Criteria 

The proposed rule would define a “qualifying activity” as an activity that helps meet the credit needs of a bank’s community, particularly those individuals, areas, and populations with needs. Those criteria generally include activities that currently qualify for CRA credit while establishing the following new categories: 

  • A retail loan provided to: 
    • A low or moderate-income (LMI) individual or family,
    • A small business, or 
    • A small farm. 
  • A retail loan provided in Indian country. 
  • A retail loan that is a small loan to a business or a small loan to a farm located in a low- or moderate-income census tract. 
  • A CD activity that provides financing for or supports certain criteria. Examples include: 
    • Essential community facilities that partially or primarily benefit or serve LMI individuals or areas of identified need, 
    • Family farms, 
    • Financial literacy programs or education or homebuyer counseling, 
    • See the proposed rule at the end of this article for the complete list. 

Qualifying Activities Confirmation and Illustrative List 

Under the proposed rule, the agencies would establish an online process for a bank to seek confirmation as to whether an activity qualifies for credit.1 The agencies would inform the bank whether the activity qualifies, or the activity does not qualify, and then place the activity on a publicly available list. Through this process, the list would contain examples of activities, submitted by banks, that the agencies have determined qualify or do not qualify for credit. 

The list would also be revised at least every three years, through a public notice and comment process, to add activities that meet the criteria and to remove activities that no longer meet the criteria (e.g., if broadband were universally available and no longer considered to be essential infrastructure). An initial proposed list is available on the agencies’ websites and in section IV of the proposed rule. 
 
Expanding Where CRA Activity Counts 

Assessment areas under current CRA rules depend on brick-and-mortar bank locations, creating difficulties for reaching outside that area. The agencies have proposed to address this by creating two categories of assessment areas: “facility-based” and “deposit-based.”  

Facility-Based Assessment Area 
 
The proposed rule requires banks to delineate an assessment area encompassing each location where the bank maintains a main office, a branch, or a non-branch deposit-taking facility as well as the surrounding locations in which the bank has originated or purchased a substantial portion of its qualifying retail loans. The area must consist of:  

  • One whole metropolitan statistical area (using the metropolitan statistical area boundaries that were in effect as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the delineation is made),  
  • The whole nonmetropolitan area of a state, 
  • One or more whole, contiguous metropolitan divisions in a single metropolitan statistical area (using the metropolitan division boundaries that were in effect as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the delineation is made), or  
  • One or more whole, contiguous counties or county equivalents in a single metropolitan statistical area or nonmetropolitan area.  

Deposit-Based Assessment Area 
 
The proposed rule would require banks that receive more than 50 percent of their retail domestic deposits from outside of their facility-based assessment areas to delineate separate, non-overlapping “deposit-based” assessment areas in the smallest geography where they receive five percent or more of their retail domestic deposits. These deposit-based assessment areas must be delineated to consist of: 

  • One whole state,  
  • One whole metropolitan statistical area (using the metropolitan statistical area boundaries that were in effect as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the delineation is made),  
  • The whole nonmetropolitan area of a state, 
  • One or more whole, contiguous metropolitan divisions in a single metropolitan statistical area (using the metropolitan division boundaries that were in effect as of January 1 of the calendar year in which the delineation is made),  
  • The remaining geographic area of a state, metropolitan statistical area, nonmetropolitan area, or metropolitan division other than where it has a facility-based assessment area, or  
  • One or more whole, contiguous counties or county equivalents in a single metropolitan statistical area or nonmetropolitan area. 

Activity Outside of Assessment Area 

The proposed rule would permit banks to receive CRA credit for qualifying activities conducted outside of their assessment areas at the bank level. Under this approach, banks would still be encouraged to meet local community needs where they have branches and depositors but would be given flexibility to serve other communities with distinct needs as these activities would be considered when calculating the overall dollar value of their qualifying activities under the proposed rule. The goal of this framework would be to reduce the number of areas where there are more banks that want to engage in CD activities than there is need for those activities (known as CD hot spots) and areas where there is a great need for CD activities but few banks that engage in those activities (known as CD deserts). 

Providing an Objective Method to Measure CRA Activity

Current CRA regulations evaluate a bank’s CRA performance on generally undefined terms through a relatively unspecified process. The proposed rule would attempt to provide a more objective, clear, and consistent assessment by establishing new, general performance standards for institutions that are not small banks. Small banks could opt into the general performance standards, while those that do not would be evaluated under the small bank performance standards consistent with current regulation. 

Under the general performance standards, banks would receive a presumptive rating based on what performance standards are met within a given category. Banks would be evaluated on CRA performance at a bank-level and in each assessment area. The bank-level performance standards are based upon: 

  • CRA evaluation measures, 
  • Assessment area ratings (see below), and 
  • Community development minimums.

The assessment area performance standards are based upon:  

  • Retail lending distribution tests, 
  • CRA evaluation measures, and 
  • Community development minimums. 

CRA Evaluation Measure 
 
A bank’s bank-level CRA evaluation measure is the sum of:  

  • The bank’s annual bank-level qualifying activities values2 divided by the average quarterly value of the bank’s retail domestic deposits as of the close of business on the last day of each quarter for the same period used to calculate the annual qualifying activities value, and  
  • The number of the bank’s branches located in low- or moderate-income census tracts, distressed areas, underserved areas, and Indian country divided by its total number of branches as of the close of business on the last day of the same period used to calculate the annual qualifying activities value multiplied by .01. 

A bank’s assessment area CRA evaluation measure is determined in each assessment area and is the sum of:  

  • The bank’s annual assessment area qualifying activities value divided by the average quarterly value of the bank’s assessment area retail domestic deposits as of the close of business on the last day of each quarter for the same period used to calculate the annual assessment area qualifying activities value,  
  • The number of the bank’s branches located in low- or moderate-income census tracts in the assessment area divided by its total number of branches in the assessment area as of the close of business on the last day of the same period used to calculate the annual assessment area qualifying activities value multiplied by .01, and 
  • Annual assessment area CRA evaluation measures for each year in the evaluation period, separately for each assessment area. 

Retail Lending Distribution Tests 

The retail lending distribution tests would evaluate a bank’s originations in each assessment area using both a geographic distribution test and a borrower distribution test. Both the geographic distribution test and the borrower distribution test would apply for small loans to businesses and farms. The borrower distribution test would apply, in addition, for home mortgage and consumer lending. 

To pass the geographic distribution test for both the small loan to a business product line and the small loan to a farm product line, a bank’s percentage of such loans in low- or moderate income census tracts originated during the evaluation period in the assessment area must meet or exceed the threshold established for either the associated geographic demographic comparator or the associated geographic peer comparator.  

  • The geographic demographic comparator threshold is 55 percent of the percentage of businesses or farms in low- and moderate-income census tracts in the assessment area.  
  • The geographic peer comparator threshold is 65 percent of the percentage of small loans to businesses or farms in low- and moderate income census tracts originated by all banks evaluated under the general performance standards. 

To pass the borrower distribution test for the home mortgage lending product line, a bank’s percentage of home mortgage loans to low- and moderate income individuals and families originated during the evaluation period in the assessment area must meet or exceed the threshold established for either the associated borrower demographic comparator or the associated borrower peer comparator.  

  • The borrower demographic comparator threshold is 55 percent of the percentage of low- and moderate income families in the assessment area.  
  • The demographic peer comparator threshold is 65 percent of the percentage of home mortgage loans to low- or moderate-income individuals and families originated by all banks evaluated under the general performance standards. 

Community Development Minimum 

The community development minimum would be determined by taking the quantified value of community development loans and community development investments in the assessment area during the evaluation period, divided by the average quarterly value of the bank’s assessment area retail domestic deposits as of the close of business on the last day of each quarter of the evaluation period. To achieve a rating of outstanding or satisfactory, this value must meet or exceed 2 percent. 

Data Collection, Recordkeeping, and Reporting 

Reporting The current CRA framework requires banks to collect and report a variety of data on loans. However, small banks, as defined under the current rule, generally are exempt from these requirements. The current framework also does not collect data on all CRA activity. Under the proposed rule, there would be separate data collection and reporting requirements for banks subject to the general performance standards and for banks subject to the small bank performance standards. Banks evaluated under the general performance standards would be required to collect and maintain extensive information such as retail lending distribution tests results, CRA evaluation measures calculations, and presumptive ratings determinations. Banks would also be required to collect and maintain records of all qualifying and non-qualifying retail loans, assessment area lists, qualifying activities data, and the location of retail loans, and retail domestic deposit data.  

Conclusion 

The proposed rule is the industry’s opportunity to comment on its experiences under current CRA, and what it would like to see in a new rule. The Federal Reserve did not join on the proposed rule, but has indicated its own plans to update its CRA regulations. As the process continues, with House Financial Services hearings being conducted in January of 2020, WBA will continue to monitor all activity on CRA reform to keep its membership informed. WBA plans to submit comments on the proposed rule. To craft a meaningful comment letter, WBA encourages banks to provide us with their thoughts and concerns. In addition, WBA encourages all members to consider writing comments on the proposed rule their own.  

The proposed rule can be found by clicking here.
 
To assist WBA in crafting a meaningful comment letter, reach out to WBA’s Scott Birrenkott at: sbirrenkott@wisbank.com

  1. This process would be optional, and banks would not be required to use this process.
  2. To better understand “bank-level qualifying activities” the proposed rule provides an example: [qualifying loans on balance sheet for at least 90 days and CD investments] + [twenty five percent of the origination value of qualifying loans sold within 90 days of origination] = [CD services and monetary and in-kind donations].

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

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

Agencies Request Comment on Information Collection.

  • The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced they seek comment on the information collection titled Regulation I: Disclosure Requirements for Depository Institutions Lacking Federal Deposit Insurance. The agencies also gave notice that they sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/28/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18606.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45491-45494.
  • 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) announced they seek comment on the information collection titled Country Exposure Report and Country Exposure Information Report. The agencies also gave notice that they sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-09/pdf/2019-19369.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 174, 09/09/2019, 47264.

CFPB Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Regulation I: Disclosure Requirements for Depository Institutions Lacking Federal Deposit Insurance. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-23/pdf/2019-18249.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 164, 08/23/2019, 44289-44290.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Generic Information Collection Plan for the Collection for Qualitative Consumer Education, Engagement and Experience Information Collections. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-26/pdf/2019-18251.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 165, 08/26/2019, 44603-44604.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z). CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-26/pdf/2019-18252.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 165, 08/26/2019, 44604-44605.
  • 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 11/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-03/pdf/2019-18933.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 170, 09/03/2019, 45998-45999.
  • CFPB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Truth in Savings. CFPB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/08/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-09/pdf/2019-19385.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 174, 09/09/2019, 47264.

FRB Finalizes Amendments to Regulation A.

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 amendments are effective 08/12/2019. The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were applicable on 08/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-12/pdf/2019-17173.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 155, 08/12/2019, 39723-39724.

FRB Finalizes Amendments to Regulation D.

FRB is amending Regulation D 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 2.10 percent and IOER is 2.10 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 (FOMC). The amendments are effective 08/12/2019. The IORR and IOER rate changes were applicable on 08/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-12/pdf/2019-17175.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 155, 08/12/2019, 39724-39725.

FRB Issues Correction to Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks.

FRB published a final rule in the Federal Register on 07/03/2019 amending Regulation CC, which implements the Expedited Funds Availability Act (EFA Act), to implement a statutory requirement in the EFA Act to adjust the dollar amounts under the EFA Act for inflation, incorporate the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act and made certain other technical amendments. The notice corrects errors in amendatory instructions affecting FRB’s rules. The correction in effective 07/01/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18658.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45403.

FRB Requests Comment on Information Collections. 

  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Related to Securities of State Member Banks as Required by Regulation H. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/11/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-12/pdf/2019-17185.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 155, 08/12/2019, 39845-39847.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Interchange Transaction Fees Survey. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/11/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-12/pdf/2019-17186.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 155, 08/12/2019, 39847-39849.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Notice of Mutual Holding Company Reorganization, Application for Approval of a Stock Issuance by a Subsidiary Holding Company of a Mutual Holding Company, Application for Conversion of a Mutual Holding Company to Stock Form, Proxy Statement, Offering Circular, and Order Form. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/11/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-12/pdf/2019-17190.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 155, 08/12/2019, 39841-39843.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Savings Association Holding Company Report. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19445.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47514-47516.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Consumer Satisfaction Questionnaire, the Federal Reserve Consumer Help—Consumer Survey, the Consumer Online Complaint Form, and the Appraisal Complaint Form. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19446.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47507-47509.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19447.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47512-47513.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Notice of Branch Closure. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19489.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47516-47517.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Payments Research Survey. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19490.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47511-47512.
  • FRB announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Banking Organization Systemic Risk Report. FRB also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19522.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47509-47511.

FDIC Proposes Amendments to Securitization Safe Harbor Rule.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is proposing a rule that would revise certain provisions of its securitization safe harbor rule, which relates to the treatment of financial assets transferred in connection with a securitization or participation transaction, in order to eliminate a requirement that the securitization documents require compliance with Regulation AB of the Securities and Exchange Commission in circumstances where Regulation AB by its terms would not apply to the issuance of obligations backed by such financial assets. Comments are due 10/21/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-22/pdf/2019-15536.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 163, 08/22/2019, 43732-43737.

FDIC Proposes Removal of Transferred OTS Regulation Regarding Deposits.

FDIC proposes to rescind and remove the “Deposits” regulations because they are unnecessary and duplicative of currently applicable provisions of law with respect to the maintenance of deposit account records at State savings associations. These regulations apply solely to State savings associations, and were included in the regulations that were transferred to the FDIC from the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) on 07/21/2011, in connection with the implementation of title III of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Comments are due 09/25/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-26/pdf/2019-18268.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 165, 08/26/2019, 44558-44563.

FDIC Proposes Interest Rate Restrictions on Institutions That Are Less Than Well Capitalized.  

FDIC issued proposed revisions to its regulations relating to interest rate restrictions that apply to less than well capitalized insured depository institutions. Under the proposed rule, the FDIC would amend the methodology for calculating the national rate and national rate cap for specific deposit products. The national rate would be the weighted average of rates paid by all insured depository institutions on a given deposit product, for which data are available, where the weights are each institution’s market share of domestic deposits. The national rate cap for particular products would be set at the higher of the 95th percentile of rates paid by insured depository institutions weighted by each institution’s share of total domestic deposits, or the proposed national rate plus 75 basis points. The proposed rule would also greatly simplify the current local rate cap calculation and process by allowing less than well capitalized institutions to offer up to 90 percent of the highest rate paid on a particular deposit product in the institution’s local market area. Comments are due 11/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-04/pdf/2019-18360.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 171, 09/04/2019, 46470-46495.

FDIC Issues Notice on Terminations of 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-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18552.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45491.

FDIC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

FDIC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Interagency Charter and Federal Deposit Insurance Application. FDIC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/26/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-27/pdf/2019-18414.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 166, 08/27/2019, 44895.

OCC Finalizes Assessment of Fees.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is adopting a final rule to revise its assessment rule to provide partial assessment refunds to national banks, Federal savings associations, and Federal branches and agencies of foreign banks (collectively, banks under the jurisdiction of the OCC) that exit the OCC’s jurisdiction within the first half of each six-month period beginning the day after the date of the second or fourth quarterly Consolidated Report of Condition and Income (Call Report). The final rule will not change the current payment due dates for assessments nor will it change the way assessments are calculated for banks that remain under the OCC’s jurisdiction. The final rule will also make technical changes to the assessment rules. The final rule is effective 09/20/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-21/pdf/2019-17535.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 162, 08/21/2019, 43475-43479.

OCC Requests Comment on Information Collections.

  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Bank Secrecy Act/Money Laundering Risk Assessment. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-23/pdf/2019-18158.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 164, 08/23/2019, 44352-44353.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Guidance Regarding Unauthorized Access to Customer Information. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/23/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-23/pdf/2019-18159.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 164, 08/23/2019, 44354-44355.
  • 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 11/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-04/pdf/2019-18992.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 171, 09/04/2019, 46604-46606.
  • OCC announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Securities Exchange Act Disclosure Rules. OCC also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/10/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19516.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47631-47632.

HUD Finalizes Rule on Project Approval for Single-Family Condominiums. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized a rule implementing HUD’s authority under the single-family mortgage insurance provisions of the National Housing Act to insure one-family units in a multifamily project, including a project in which the dwelling units are attached, or are manufactured housing units, semidetached, or detached, and an undivided interest in the common areas and facilities which serve the project. The rule provides for requirements for lenders to obtain approval under the Direct Endorsement Lender Review and Approval Process (DELRAP) authority for condominiums, and for standards that projects must meet to be approved for mortgage insurance on individual units. The rule provides for flexibility with respect to the concentration of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)- insured units, owner-occupied units, and the amount that can be set aside for commercial and non-residential space. This will enable HUD to vary these standards, within parameters, to meet market needs. The final rule is effective 10/15/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-15/pdf/2019-17213.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 158, 08/15/2019, 41846-41877.

HUD Proposes Amendments to Disparate Impact Standard.

HUD proposes to amend its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard to better reflect the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., and to provide clarification regarding the application of the standard to State laws governing the business of insurance. The proposal follows a 06/20/2018, advance notice of proposed rulemaking, in which HUD solicited comments on the disparate impact standard set forth in HUD’s 2013 final rule, including the disparate impact rule’s burden-shifting approach, definitions, and causation standard, and whether it required amendment to align with the decision of the Supreme Court in Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. Comments are due 10/18/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-19/pdf/2019-17542.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 160, 08/19/2019, 42854-42863.

HUD Issues Notice of Demonstration to Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols.

HUD issued a notice that it will be demonstrating the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE), which will further one of HUD’s highest priority strategic outcomes—resident health and safety. HUD is looking at the implementation of NSPIRE as an opportunity to reduce regulatory burden through alignment and consolidation compared to either maintaining or increasing the number of standards and protocols to evaluate HUD-assisted housing across multiple programs. During this demonstration, HUD will solicit volunteers to test the NSPIRE standards and protocols as the means for assessing the physical conditions of HUD-assisted and -insured housing. The demonstration, which will include approximately 4,500 properties, will be implemented on a rolling, nationwide basis and will assess all aspects of the physical inspection line of business of the Real Estate Assessment Center—the collection, processing, and evaluation of physical inspection data and information, including a new scoring model. As the first step in the implementation of NSPIRE, HUD is soliciting comment on this proposed, voluntary demonstration. HUD will consider the comments and incorporate them into the demonstration. Subjecting the NSPIRE model to a multistage demonstration will serve as an opportunity to refine processes and ensure all mechanisms are in place to facilitate the transition to a nationwide implementation. The demonstration will also serve as the precursor to any required rulemaking. Comments are due 10/21/2019, the notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-21/pdf/2019-17910.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 162, 08/21/2019, 43536-43542.

HUD Requests Comment on Information Collection.

  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled FHA Lender Approval, Annual Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-Approved Lenders. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/13/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-14/pdf/2019-17453.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 157, 08/14/2019, 40435-40437.
  • HUD announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Multifamily Mortgagee’s Application for Insurance Benefits. HUD also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/08/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-09/pdf/2019-19414.pdf. Federal Register¸ Vol. 84, No. 174, 09/09/2019, 47315-47316.

FEMA Issues Final Flood Hazard Determinations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a final notice which identifies communities in the state of Wisconsin, 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 12/09/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/pdf/2019-18550.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 167, 08/28/2019, 45160-45162.

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, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, 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-2019-08-16/pdf/2019-17577.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 159, 08/16/2019, 41996-42000.
  • 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 Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. 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-2019-08-16/pdf/2019-17578.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 159, 08/16/2019, 41994-41996.
  • 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 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-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18691.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45511-45513.

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 11/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18695.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45509-45510.

FEMA Requests Comment on Information Collection.

FEMA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Community Disaster Loan (CDL) Program. FEMA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/pdf/2019-18544.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 167, 08/28/2019, 45162-45163.

FEMA Issues Correction to Revisions to Methodology for Payments to Write Your Own Companies. 

FEMA corrects the preamble to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) which FEMA published on 07/08/2019, seeking comment regarding possible approaches to incorporating actual flood insurance expense data into the payment methodology that FEMA uses to determine the amount of payments to WYO companies. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-03/pdf/2019-18982.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 170, 09/03/2019, 45933-45934.

FinCEN Requests Comment on Information Collection.

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 North Korea as a Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern. FinCEN also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/12/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-10/pdf/2019-19486.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 175, 09/10/2019, 47632-47633.

Treasury Announces Pricing for 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins.

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is announcing pricing for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins and Kennedy/Apollo 11 Intaglio Prints. The notice contains a table containing the pricing. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-19/pdf/2019-17793.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 160, 08/19/2019, 42991.

Treasury Issues Correction to Multiple Employer Plans.

Treasury issued a correction to a notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on 07/03/2019. The proposed regulations relate to the tax qualification of plans maintained by more than one employer. As published, the notice of proposed rulemaking contains errors which may prove to be misleading and need to be clarified. Comments are still being accepted and are due 10/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-21/pdf/2019-17849.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 162, 08/21/2019, 43542-43543.

Treasury Requests Comment on Information Collection.

  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Supporting Statement of Ownership for Overdue United States Bearer Securities. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/pdf/2019-18495.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 167, 08/28/2019, 45217.
  • Treasury announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled TreasuryDirect. Treasury also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 09/27/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/pdf/2019-18479.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 167, 08/28/2019, 45216-45217.

FASB Issues Interpretation of SFFAS 5 and SFFAS 6.

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB) has issued Interpretation of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 9, Cleanup Cost Liabilities Involving Multiple Component Reporting Entities: An Interpretation of SFFAS 5 & SFFAS 6. The Interpretation is available on the FASB website at https://www.fasab.gov/accounting-standards/. Copies can be obtained by contacting FASB at (202) 512–7350. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-21/pdf/2019-18047.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 162, 08/21/2019, 43599.

FASB Issues Exposure Draft of Technical Bulletin.

FASB issued an exposure draft of a proposed Technical Bulletin titled Loss Allowance for Intragovernmental Receivables. 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. Comments are due 10/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-05/pdf/2019-19191.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 172, 09/05/2019, 46732.

FHFA Finalizes Rule on Credit Score Models.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a final rule on the process for validation and approval of credit score models by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) (together, the Enterprises). The final rule defines a four-phase process for an Enterprise to validate and approve credit score models. The process begins with the Credit Score Solicitation (a solicitation by the Enterprises of applications from credit score model developers), followed by the Submission and Initial Review of Applications (an initial review by the Enterprise of submitted applications). The third phase is a Credit Score Assessment by the Enterprise, and the fourth phase is an Enterprise Business Assessment. The final rule establishes criteria for each of the four phases and includes required timing and notices for Enterprise decisions under the process. The final rule is effective 10/15/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-16/pdf/2019-17633.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 159, 08/16/2019, 41886-41908.

SBA Extends Decrease in Surety Bond Guarantee Program Fees.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announces a one-year extension of the temporary decrease in the guarantee fees that SBA charges all Surety companies and Principals on each guaranteed bond (other than a bid bond) issued in SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program. The temporary initiative to test lower fees will be extended through 09/30/2020. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-14/pdf/2019-17442.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 157, 08/14/2019, 40466-40467.

SBA Extends 504 Loan Program Rural Initiative Pilot Program.

SBA’s 504 Loan Program Rural Initiative Pilot Program (504 Rural Pilot) authorizes Certified Development Companies (CDCs) to make 504 loans for projects in rural counties located in their SBA Region during the two-year period beginning 07/19/2018 and ending 07/20/2020. SBA announces the extension of the 504 Rural Pilot to 09/30/2021. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/pdf/2019-18609.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 167, 08/28/2019, 45060-45061.  

FSA Finalizes Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a rule implementing the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), as amended. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended 2014 Farm Bill provisions regarding ARC and PLC, and authorized the ARC and PLC Programs for the 2019 through 2023 program years. The ARC and PLC Programs are continuing, with some changes. This rule also includes conforming changes to Farm Service Agency (FSA) general regulations that apply to multiple programs. The ARC and PLC Programs provide producers a choice between a counter-cyclical payment support type program (PLC) and an income support program (ARC). In a defined election and enrollment period, producers can elect different programs for different covered commodities on a farm, for example, choosing PLC for corn and ARC for soybeans on the same farm. There is also an option to elect ARC individual coverage (ARC–IC); however, if that option is elected, all the farm’s covered commodities are elected with that option. The rule specifies the eligibility requirements, enrollment procedures, and payment calculations for the ARC and PLC Programs. The final rule is effective 09/03/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-03/pdf/2019-18853.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 170, 09/03/2019, 45877-45895.

RHS Delays Effective Date of Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program.

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) published a final rule in the Federal Register on 07/22/2019 concerning construction to permanent loan financing, repair or rehabilitation financing, and the removal of a maximum the interest rate cap for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program. The effective date was published as 08/21/2019 and is being deferred to 10/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-19/pdf/2019-17683.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 160, 08/19/2019, 42799.

RHS Proposes Amendments to Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing.

RHS is proposing to amend its regulation to remove the stated amount that RHS will charge for the initial and annual guarantee fees. The regulation change will allow RHS the flexibility to establish or make any future changes to the initial and annual guarantee fees without the need for a regulatory change. Comments are due 11/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-03/pdf/2019-18773.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 170, 09/03/2019, 45927-45929.

FTC Finalizes Amendments to Telemarketing Sales Rule Fees.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. The final rule is effective 10/01/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-27/pdf/2019-18446.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 166, 08/27/2019, 44686-44687.

NCUA Requests Comment on Information Collection.

  1. The National Credit Union Administration (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 10/28/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/pdf/2019-18652.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 168, 08/29/2019, 45536-45537.
  2. NCUA announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Records Preservation, 12 CFR part 749. NCUA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 11/04/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-03/pdf/2019-18943.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 170, 09/03/2019, 46051.

VA Requests Comment on Information Collection.

The Department on Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it seeks comment on the information collection titled Supplement to VA Forms. VA also gave notice that it sent the collection to OMB for review. Comments are due 10/07/2019. The notice may be viewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-06/pdf/2019-19246.pdf. Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 173, 09/06/2019, 47041-47042.

By, Ally Bates