Community Reinvestment Act Regulations, 78153-78155 [E8-30433]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Rules and Regulations consumers, AMS has determined that the California walnut marketing order should be continued. The order was established to help the California walnut industry work with USDA to solve marketing problems. The order’s regulations on grade and size, as well as research and promotion, and collection and dissemination of information continue to be beneficial to producers, handlers, and consumers. AMS will continue to work with the California walnut industry in maintaining an effective marketing order program. Dated: December 16, 2008. James E. Link, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–30309 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 12 CFR Part 25 [Docket ID OCC–2008–0024] RIN 1557–AD19 FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 228 [Regulation BB; Docket No. R–1342] FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION 12 CFR Part 345 RIN 3064–AD39 DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY Office of Thrift Supervision Background and Description of the Joint Final Rule 12 CFR Part 563e [Docket ID OTS–2008–0021] RIN 1550–AC29 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES Community Reinvestment Act Regulations AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC); Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury (OTS). ACTION: Joint final rule; technical amendment. SUMMARY: The OCC, the Board, the FDIC, and the OTS (collectively, the ‘‘agencies’’) are amending their VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Dec 19, 2008 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to adjust the asset-size thresholds used to define ‘‘small bank’’ or ‘‘small savings association’’ and ‘‘intermediate small bank’’ or ‘‘intermediate small savings association.’’ As required by the CRA regulations, the adjustment to the threshold amount is based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index. DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OCC: Margaret Hesse, Special Counsel, Community and Consumer Law Division, (202) 874–5750; or Karen Tucker, National Bank Examiner, Compliance Policy Division, (202) 874– 4428, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. Board: Anjanette M. Kichline, Senior Supervisory Consumer Financial Services Analyst, (202) 785–6054; or Brent Lattin, Attorney, (202) 452–3667, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20551. FDIC: Deirdre Foley, Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection, Compliance Policy Branch, (202) 898–6612; or Susan van den Toorn, Counsel, Legal Division, (202) 898–8707, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429. OTS: Celeste Anderson, Senior Project Manager, Compliance and Consumer Protection, (202) 906–7990; or Richard Bennett, Senior Compliance Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division, (202) 906–7409, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Jkt 217001 The agencies’ CRA regulations establish CRA performance standards for small and intermediate small banks and savings associations. The regulations define small and intermediate small institutions by reference to asset-size criteria expressed in dollar amounts, and they further require the agencies to publish annual adjustments to these dollar figures based on the year-to-year change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPIW), not seasonally adjusted, for each twelve-month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest million. 12 CFR 25.12(u)(2), PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 78153 228.12(u)(2), 345.12(u)(2), and 563e.12(u)(2). The threshold for small banks and small savings associations was revised most recently effective January 1, 2008 (72 FR 72571 (Dec. 21, 2007)). The CRA regulations, as revised on December 21, 2007, provide that banks and savings associations that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.061 billion are ‘‘small banks’’ or ‘‘small savings associations.’’ Small banks and small savings associations with assets of at least $265 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.061 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years are ‘‘intermediate small banks’’ or ‘‘intermediate small savings associations.’’ 12 CFR 25.12(u)(1), 228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), 563e.12(u)(1). This joint final rule further revises these thresholds. During the period ending November 2008, the CPIW increased by 4.49 percent. As a result, the agencies are revising 12 CFR 25.12(u)(1), 228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), and 563e.12(u)(1) to make this annual adjustment. Beginning January 1, 2009, banks and savings associations that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion are ‘‘small banks’’ or ‘‘small savings associations.’’ Small banks or small savings associations with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years are ‘‘intermediate small banks’’ or ‘‘intermediate small savings associations.’’ The agencies also publish current and historical asset-size thresholds on the Web site of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council at http:// www.ffiec.gov/cra/. Administrative Procedure Act and Effective Date Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), an agency may, for good cause, find (and incorporate the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. The amendments to the regulations to adjust the asset-size thresholds for small and intermediate small banks and savings associations result from the application of a formula established by a provision in the CRA regulations that the agencies previously published for E:\FR\FM\22DER1.SGM 22DER1 78154 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Rules and Regulations comment. See 70 FR 12148 (Mar. 11, 2005), 70 FR 44256 (Aug. 2, 2005), 71 FR 67826 (Nov. 24, 2006), and 72 FR 13429 (Mar. 22, 2007). Sections 25.12(u)(1), 228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), and 563e.12(u)(1) are amended by adjusting the asset threshold as provided for in §§ 25.12(u)(2), 228.12(u)(2), 345.12(u)(2), and 563e.12(u)(2). Accordingly, since the agencies’ rules provide no discretion as to the computation or timing of the revisions to the asset-size criteria, the agencies have determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. The effective date of this joint final rule is January 1, 2009. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) of the APA, the required publication or service of a substantive rule shall be made not less than 30 days before its effective date, except, among other things, as provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. Because this rule adjusts asset-size thresholds consistent with the requirements of the CRA rules, the agencies conclude that it is not substantive within the meaning of the APA’s delayed effective date provision. Moreover, the agencies find that there is good cause for dispensing with the delayed effective date requirement, even if it applied, because their current rules already provide notice that the small and intermediate asset-size thresholds will be adjusted as of December 31 based on twelve-month data as of the end of November each year. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 ■ Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1532 (Unfunded Mandates Act), requires that an agency must prepare a budgetary impact statement before promulgating any final rule for which a general notice of proposed rulemaking was published. As discussed above, the agencies have determined that the publication of a general notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary. Accordingly, this joint final rule is not subject to section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Act. § 25.12 Executive Order 13132 Federal Reserve System The OCC and OTS have each determined that its portion of this joint final rule does not have any Federalism implications as required by Executive Order 13132. 12 CFR Chapter II Regulatory Flexibility Act Community development, Credit, Investments, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required. 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604. As noted previously, the agencies have determined that it is unnecessary to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for this joint final rule. Accordingly, the RFA’s requirements relating to an initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 There are no collection of information requirements in this joint final rule. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES Executive Order 12866 The OCC and OTS have each determined that its portion of this joint final rule is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:38 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 List of Subjects 12 CFR Part 25 Community development, Credit, Investments, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 12 CFR Part 228 Banks, banking, Community development, Credit, Investments, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 12 CFR Part 345 2. Revise § 25.12(u)(1) to read as follows: Definitions. * * * * * (u) Small bank—(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years. * * * * * For the reasons set forth in the joint preamble, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System amends part 228 of chapter II of title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: ■ PART 228—COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT (REGULATION BB) 1. The authority citation for part 228 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 321, 325, 1828(c), 1842, 1843, 1844, and 2901 et seq. 2. Revise § 228.12(u)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 228.12 Definitions. * Banks, banking, Community development, Credit, Investments, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 12 CFR Part 563e Department of the Treasury * * * * (u) Small bank—(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years. * * * * * Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 12 CFR Chapter I Authority and Issuance For the reasons discussed in the joint preamble, 12 CFR part 25 is amended as follows: ■ ■ PART 25—COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT AND INTERSTATE DEPOSIT PRODUCTION REGULATIONS 12 CFR Chapter III For the reasons set forth in the joint preamble, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation amends part 345 of chapter III of title12 of the Code of Federal Regulations to read as follows: PART 345—COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT 1. The authority citation for part 25 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 21, 22, 26, 27, 30, 36, 93a, 161, 215, 215a, 481, 1814, 1816, 1828(c), 1835a, 2901 through 2907, and 3101 through 3111. Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1814–1817, 1819– 1820, 1828, 1831u and 2901–2907, 3103– 3104, and 3108(a). ■ PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1. The authority citation for part 345 continues to read as follows: E:\FR\FM\22DER1.SGM 22DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 2. Revise § 345.12(u)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 345.12 * * Definitions. * * * (u) Small bank—(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years. * * * * * Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. Dated: December 11, 2008. By the Office of Thrift Supervision. John M. Reich, Director. [FR Doc. E8–30433 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P; 6210–01–P; 6714–01–P; 6720–01–P FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION 12 CFR Part 327 Department of the Treasury RIN 3064–AD35 Office of Thrift Supervision Risk Based Assessments 12 CFR Chapter V For the reasons discussed in the joint preamble, 12 CFR part 563e is amended as follows: ■ PART 563e—COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT 1. The authority citation for part 563e continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, 1814, 1816, 1828(c), and 2901 through 2907. 2. Revise § 563e.12(u)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 563e.12 Definitions. * * * * * mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES (u) Small savings association—(1) Definition. Small savings association means a savings association that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small savings association means a small savings association with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years. * * * * * Dated: December 16, 2008. Julie L. Williams, First Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dated: December 16, 2008. Robert deV. Frierson, Deputy Secretary of the Board. By order of the Board of Directors. Dated at Washington, DC, this 16th day of December, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:33 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 AGENCY: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: The FDIC is amending our regulations to increase risk-based assessment rates effective for the first quarter 2009 assessment period. This is in accordance with the Restoration plan for the DIF published on October 16, 2008, in the Federal Register. DATES: The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Green, Chief, Fund Analysis and Pricing Section, Division of Insurance and Research, (202) 898– 3670; and Christopher Bellotto, Counsel, Legal Division, (202) 898–3801. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: Restoration Plan and Proposed Rule Recent failures of FDIC-insured institutions caused the reserve ratio of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) to decline from 1.19 percent as of March 30, 2008, to 1.01 percent as of June 30 and 0.76 percent as of September 30. The FDIC expects a higher rate of institution failures in the next few years compared to recent years, leading to a further decline in the reserve ratio. Because the fund reserve ratio fell below 1.15 percent as of June 30 and was expected to remain below 1.15 percent, the Reform Act required the FDIC to establish and implement a Restoration Plan to restore the reserve ratio to at least 1.15 percent within five years. On October 7, 2008, the FDIC established a Restoration Plan for the DIF, published on October 16 (see 73 FR 61598). In the FDIC’s view, restoring the reserve ratio to at least 1.15 percent within five years requires an increase in PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 78155 assessment rates. Since the current rates are already three basis points above the existing base rate schedule, a new rulemaking was required. Consequently, the FDIC Board of Directors adopted, also on October 7, 2008, a notice of proposed rulemaking with request for comments on revisions to the FDIC’s assessment regulations (12 CFR part 327).1 The rulemaking proposed that, effective January 1, 2009, current assessment rates would increase uniformly by 7 basis points for the first quarter 2009 assessment period. Effective April 1, 2009, the rulemaking proposed to alter the way in which the FDIC’s risk-based assessment system differentiates for risk and set new deposit insurance assessment rates. Also effective on April 1, 2009, the proposal would make technical and other changes to the rules governing the riskbased assessment system. The proposed rule was published concurrently with the Restoration Plan on October 16, 2008 (see 73 FR 61560), with a comment period scheduled to end on November 17, 2008. On November 7, 2008, the FDIC Board approved an extension of the comment period until December 17, 2008, on the parts of the proposed rulemaking that would become effective on April 1, 2009. The comment period for the proposed 7 basis point rate increase for the first quarter of 2009, with its separate proposed effective date of January 1, 2009, was not extended and expired on November 17, 2008. This final rule will implement a uniform increase to current rates for the first quarter 2009 assessment period only. The FDIC will issue another final rule early in 2009, to be effective April 1, 2009, to change the way that the FDIC’s assessment system differentiates for risk, to set new assessment rates beginning with the second quarter of 2009, and make certain technical and other changes to the assessment rules. II. The Final Rule: Assessment Rate Schedule for the First Quarter of 2009 The final rule raises the current rates uniformly by 7 basis points for the quarterly assessment period beginning January 1, 2009 only. The higher assessments would be reflected in the fund balance as of March 31, 2009, and collected on June 30, 2009. Rates for the first quarter of 2009 are shown in Table 1 as follows: 1 At the same meeting, the Board set the Designated Reserve Ratio of the DIF at 1.25 percent for 2009. E:\FR\FM\22DER1.SGM 22DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

12 CFR Part 25

[Docket ID OCC-2008-0024]
RIN 1557-AD19

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 228

[Regulation BB; Docket No. R-1342]

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

12 CFR Part 345

RIN 3064-AD39

DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY

Office of Thrift Supervision

12 CFR Part 563e

[Docket ID OTS-2008-0021]
RIN 1550-AC29


Community Reinvestment Act Regulations

AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC); 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Office of Thrift Supervision, 
Treasury (OTS).

ACTION: Joint final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, the Board, the FDIC, and the OTS (collectively, the 
``agencies'') are amending their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) 
regulations to adjust the asset-size thresholds used to define ``small 
bank'' or ``small savings association'' and ``intermediate small bank'' 
or ``intermediate small savings association.'' As required by the CRA 
regulations, the adjustment to the threshold amount is based on the 
annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OCC: Margaret Hesse, Special Counsel, 
Community and Consumer Law Division, (202) 874-5750; or Karen Tucker, 
National Bank Examiner, Compliance Policy Division, (202) 874-4428, 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20219.
    Board: Anjanette M. Kichline, Senior Supervisory Consumer Financial 
Services Analyst, (202) 785-6054; or Brent Lattin, Attorney, (202) 452-
3667, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of 
the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20551.
    FDIC: Deirdre Foley, Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Supervision 
and Consumer Protection, Compliance Policy Branch, (202) 898-6612; or 
Susan van den Toorn, Counsel, Legal Division, (202) 898-8707, Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20429.
    OTS: Celeste Anderson, Senior Project Manager, Compliance and 
Consumer Protection, (202) 906-7990; or Richard Bennett, Senior 
Compliance Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division, (202) 906-
7409, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Description of the Joint Final Rule

    The agencies' CRA regulations establish CRA performance standards 
for small and intermediate small banks and savings associations. The 
regulations define small and intermediate small institutions by 
reference to asset-size criteria expressed in dollar amounts, and they 
further require the agencies to publish annual adjustments to these 
dollar figures based on the year-to-year change in the average of the 
Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers 
(CPIW), not seasonally adjusted, for each twelve-month period ending in 
November, with rounding to the nearest million. 12 CFR 25.12(u)(2), 
228.12(u)(2), 345.12(u)(2), and 563e.12(u)(2).
    The threshold for small banks and small savings associations was 
revised most recently effective January 1, 2008 (72 FR 72571 (Dec. 21, 
2007)). The CRA regulations, as revised on December 21, 2007, provide 
that banks and savings associations that, as of December 31 of either 
of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.061 billion 
are ``small banks'' or ``small savings associations.'' Small banks and 
small savings associations with assets of at least $265 million as of 
December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than 
$1.061 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar 
years are ``intermediate small banks'' or ``intermediate small savings 
associations.'' 12 CFR 25.12(u)(1), 228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), 
563e.12(u)(1). This joint final rule further revises these thresholds.
    During the period ending November 2008, the CPIW increased by 4.49 
percent. As a result, the agencies are revising 12 CFR 25.12(u)(1), 
228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), and 563e.12(u)(1) to make this annual 
adjustment. Beginning January 1, 2009, banks and savings associations 
that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had 
assets of less than $1.109 billion are ``small banks'' or ``small 
savings associations.'' Small banks or small savings associations with 
assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior 
two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of 
either of the prior two calendar years are ``intermediate small banks'' 
or ``intermediate small savings associations.'' The agencies also 
publish current and historical asset-size thresholds on the Web site of 
the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council at http://
www.ffiec.gov/cra/.

Administrative Procedure Act and Effective Date

    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 
an agency may, for good cause, find (and incorporate the finding and a 
brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) that notice 
and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or 
contrary to the public interest.
    The amendments to the regulations to adjust the asset-size 
thresholds for small and intermediate small banks and savings 
associations result from the application of a formula established by a 
provision in the CRA regulations that the agencies previously published 
for

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comment. See 70 FR 12148 (Mar. 11, 2005), 70 FR 44256 (Aug. 2, 2005), 
71 FR 67826 (Nov. 24, 2006), and 72 FR 13429 (Mar. 22, 2007). Sections 
25.12(u)(1), 228.12(u)(1), 345.12(u)(1), and 563e.12(u)(1) are amended 
by adjusting the asset threshold as provided for in Sec. Sec.  
25.12(u)(2), 228.12(u)(2), 345.12(u)(2), and 563e.12(u)(2).
    Accordingly, since the agencies' rules provide no discretion as to 
the computation or timing of the revisions to the asset-size criteria, 
the agencies have determined that publishing a notice of proposed 
rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment are 
unnecessary.
    The effective date of this joint final rule is January 1, 2009. 
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) of the APA, the required publication or 
service of a substantive rule shall be made not less than 30 days 
before its effective date, except, among other things, as provided by 
the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. Because 
this rule adjusts asset-size thresholds consistent with the 
requirements of the CRA rules, the agencies conclude that it is not 
substantive within the meaning of the APA's delayed effective date 
provision. Moreover, the agencies find that there is good cause for 
dispensing with the delayed effective date requirement, even if it 
applied, because their current rules already provide notice that the 
small and intermediate asset-size thresholds will be adjusted as of 
December 31 based on twelve-month data as of the end of November each 
year.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking 
where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required. 5 U.S.C. 
603 and 604. As noted previously, the agencies have determined that it 
is unnecessary to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for this 
joint final rule. Accordingly, the RFA's requirements relating to an 
initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    There are no collection of information requirements in this joint 
final rule.

Executive Order 12866

    The OCC and OTS have each determined that its portion of this joint 
final rule is not a significant regulatory action as defined in 
Executive Order 12866.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 
1532 (Unfunded Mandates Act), requires that an agency must prepare a 
budgetary impact statement before promulgating any final rule for which 
a general notice of proposed rulemaking was published. As discussed 
above, the agencies have determined that the publication of a general 
notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary. Accordingly, this joint 
final rule is not subject to section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Act.

Executive Order 13132

    The OCC and OTS have each determined that its portion of this joint 
final rule does not have any Federalism implications as required by 
Executive Order 13132.

List of Subjects

12 CFR Part 25

    Community development, Credit, Investments, National banks, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

12 CFR Part 228

    Banks, banking, Community development, Credit, Investments, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

12 CFR Part 345

    Banks, banking, Community development, Credit, Investments, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

12 CFR Part 563e

    Community development, Credit, Investments, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations.

Department of the Treasury

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

12 CFR Chapter I

0
For the reasons discussed in the joint preamble, 12 CFR part 25 is 
amended as follows:

PART 25--COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT AND INTERSTATE DEPOSIT 
PRODUCTION REGULATIONS

0
1. The authority citation for part 25 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 21, 22, 26, 27, 30, 36, 93a, 161, 215, 
215a, 481, 1814, 1816, 1828(c), 1835a, 2901 through 2907, and 3101 
through 3111.

0
2. Revise Sec.  25.12(u)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  25.12  Definitions.

* * * * *
    (u) Small bank--(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of 
December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of 
less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank 
with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the 
prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 
of either of the prior two calendar years.
* * * * *

Federal Reserve System

12 CFR Chapter II

0
For the reasons set forth in the joint preamble, the Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System amends part 228 of chapter II of title 12 
of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 228--COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT (REGULATION BB)

0
1. The authority citation for part 228 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 321, 325, 1828(c), 1842, 1843, 1844, and 
2901 et seq.

0
2. Revise Sec.  228.12(u)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  228.12  Definitions.

* * * * *
    (u) Small bank--(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of 
December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of 
less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank 
with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the 
prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 
of either of the prior two calendar years.
* * * * *

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

12 CFR Chapter III

Authority and Issuance

0
For the reasons set forth in the joint preamble, the Board of Directors 
of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation amends part 345 of chapter 
III of title12 of the Code of Federal Regulations to read as follows:

PART 345--COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT

0
1. The authority citation for part 345 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1814-1817, 1819-1820, 1828, 1831u and 2901-
2907, 3103-3104, and 3108(a).


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2. Revise Sec.  345.12(u)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  345.12  Definitions.

* * * * *
    (u) Small bank--(1) Definition. Small bank means a bank that, as of 
December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of 
less than $1.109 billion. Intermediate small bank means a small bank 
with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the 
prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 
of either of the prior two calendar years.
* * * * *

Department of the Treasury

Office of Thrift Supervision

12 CFR Chapter V

0
For the reasons discussed in the joint preamble, 12 CFR part 563e is 
amended as follows:

PART 563e--COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT

0
1. The authority citation for part 563e continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, 1814, 1816, 
1828(c), and 2901 through 2907.

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2. Revise Sec.  563e.12(u)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  563e.12  Definitions.

* * * * *
    (u) Small savings association--(1) Definition. Small savings 
association means a savings association that, as of December 31 of 
either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 
billion. Intermediate small savings association means a small savings 
association with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of 
both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.109 billion as of 
December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years.
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    Dated: December 16, 2008.
Julie L. Williams,
First Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel.
    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System.

    Dated: December 16, 2008.
Robert deV. Frierson,
Deputy Secretary of the Board.
    By order of the Board of Directors.

    Dated at Washington, DC, this 16th day of December, 2008.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
    Dated: December 11, 2008.
    By the Office of Thrift Supervision.
John M. Reich,
Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-30433 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
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