Federal Savings Association Bylaws; Integrity of Directors; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule, 72264 [E7-24743]

Download as PDF 72264 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 244 Thursday, December 20, 2007 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Thrift Supervision 12 CFR Parts 544 and 552 [Docket ID OTS–2007–0025] RIN 1550–ACOO Federal Savings Association Bylaws; Integrity of Directors; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury. ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is withdrawing the proposed rule. The proposed rule would have amended OTS’s regulations concerning corporate governance to permit federally chartered savings associations and mutual holding companies (collectively, federal savings associations) to adopt a preapproved bylaw that would have precluded certain persons from serving on the adopting federal savings association’s board of directors, and from nominating others to so serve. In addition, the proposed preapproved bylaw would have precluded any entity owned or controlled by a prohibited person from nominating anyone to serve on the adopting federal savings association’s board of directors.1 DATES: The amendments to 12 CFR 544.5 and 552.5 proposed in the Federal Register on February 14, 2006, at 71 FR 7695, are withdrawn as of December 20, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron B. Kahn, Assistant Chief Counsel, Business Transactions Division, (202) 906–6263; or Donald W. Dwyer, Director, Applications, Examinations and Supervision-Operations, (202) 906– 1 OTS proposed amending regulations governing bylaws of federal stock and federal mutual savings associations. However, OTS’s regulations governing mutual holding companies incorporate the bylaw provisions of federal stock and federal mutual savings associations. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:37 Dec 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 6414, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2001 OTS adopted a regulation that provided for preapproved optional bylaws for federally chartered savings associations. OTS simultaneously promulgated an optional preapproved bylaw providing integrity standards for directors of such associations. On February 14, 2006, OTS published a proposed rule, which, if adopted, would have amended the rules governing the permissible bylaws for federal savings associations to permit a federal savings association to adopt an optional bylaw precluding persons who, among other things, have ever been subject to certain cease and desist orders entered by any of the banking agencies from serving on the adopting federal savings association’s board of directors. In addition, under the optional bylaw provision, persons precluded from serving as a director could have been prohibited from nominating others to serve as a director, and entities controlled by a ineligible person could have similarly been precluded from nominating directors.2 OTS received ten comments on the proposed rule. Eight comments favored the proposal and/or sought to extend the restrictions included in the proposed optional bylaw. Two comments objected to the proposal. After reviewing the public comments, as well as other relevant considerations, OTS has concluded that the proposed rule should be withdrawn. Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule In light of the foregoing, OTS withdraws its proposal published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2006 at 71 FR 7695. Dated: December 14, 2007. By the Office of Thrift Supervision. John M. Reich, Director. [FR Doc. E7–24743 Filed 12–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6720–01–P PO 00000 FR 7695 (Feb. 14, 2006). Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 13 CFR Part 120 RIN 3245–AE14 I. Background 2 71 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Sfmt 4702 SBA Lender Oversight Program U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On October 31, 2007, SBA published a proposed rule seeking comments on its proposal which would incorporate SBA’s risk-based lender oversight program into SBA regulations. SBA is extending the comment period an additional 60 days from December 31, 2007 to February 29, 2008. The proposed rule is generating a significant level of interest. Given the scope of the proposal and the nature of the issues raised by the comments received to date, SBA believes the affected parties would find it beneficial to have more time to review the proposal and prepare their comments. DATES: The comment period for the SBA Lender Oversight Program Notice and Request for Comments published October 31, 2007 (72 FR 61752) is extended through February 29, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN number 3245–AE14 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Bryan Hooper, Director for Office of Credit Risk Management, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20416. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Bryan Hooper, Director for Office of Credit Risk Management, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20416. All comments will be posted on www.Regulations.gov. If you wish to include within your comment, confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the Privacy and Use Notice/User Notice at www.Regulations.gov and you do not want that information disclosed, you must submit the comment by either Mail or Hand Delivery and you must address the comment to the attention of Linda Rusche, Supervisory Financial Analyst, Office of Credit Risk Management. In the submission, you E:\FR\FM\20DEP1.SGM 20DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 244 (Thursday, December 20, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: E7-24743]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 244 / Thursday, December 20, 2007 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Thrift Supervision

12 CFR Parts 544 and 552

[Docket ID OTS-2007-0025]
RIN 1550-ACOO


Federal Savings Association Bylaws; Integrity of Directors; 
Withdrawal of Proposed Rule

AGENCY: Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is withdrawing the 
proposed rule. The proposed rule would have amended OTS's regulations 
concerning corporate governance to permit federally chartered savings 
associations and mutual holding companies (collectively, federal 
savings associations) to adopt a preapproved bylaw that would have 
precluded certain persons from serving on the adopting federal savings 
association's board of directors, and from nominating others to so 
serve. In addition, the proposed preapproved bylaw would have precluded 
any entity owned or controlled by a prohibited person from nominating 
anyone to serve on the adopting federal savings association's board of 
directors.\1\
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    \1\ OTS proposed amending regulations governing bylaws of 
federal stock and federal mutual savings associations. However, 
OTS's regulations governing mutual holding companies incorporate the 
bylaw provisions of federal stock and federal mutual savings 
associations.

DATES: The amendments to 12 CFR 544.5 and 552.5 proposed in the Federal 
Register on February 14, 2006, at 71 FR 7695, are withdrawn as of 
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December 20, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron B. Kahn, Assistant Chief 
Counsel, Business Transactions Division, (202) 906-6263; or Donald W. 
Dwyer, Director, Applications, Examinations and Supervision-Operations, 
(202) 906-6414, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    In 2001 OTS adopted a regulation that provided for preapproved 
optional bylaws for federally chartered savings associations. OTS 
simultaneously promulgated an optional preapproved bylaw providing 
integrity standards for directors of such associations. On February 14, 
2006, OTS published a proposed rule, which, if adopted, would have 
amended the rules governing the permissible bylaws for federal savings 
associations to permit a federal savings association to adopt an 
optional bylaw precluding persons who, among other things, have ever 
been subject to certain cease and desist orders entered by any of the 
banking agencies from serving on the adopting federal savings 
association's board of directors. In addition, under the optional bylaw 
provision, persons precluded from serving as a director could have been 
prohibited from nominating others to serve as a director, and entities 
controlled by a ineligible person could have similarly been precluded 
from nominating directors.\2\
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    \2\ 71 FR 7695 (Feb. 14, 2006).
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    OTS received ten comments on the proposed rule. Eight comments 
favored the proposal and/or sought to extend the restrictions included 
in the proposed optional bylaw. Two comments objected to the proposal.
    After reviewing the public comments, as well as other relevant 
considerations, OTS has concluded that the proposed rule should be 
withdrawn.

Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule

    In light of the foregoing, OTS withdraws its proposal published in 
the Federal Register on February 14, 2006 at 71 FR 7695.

    Dated: December 14, 2007.

    By the Office of Thrift Supervision.
John M. Reich,
Director.
 [FR Doc. E7-24743 Filed 12-19-07; 8:45 am]
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