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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules February statement period, because the fee was not assessed in the February statement period. If a credit union assesses and then waives and credits a fee within the same cycle, the credit union may, at its option, reflect the adjustment in the total disclosed for fees imposed during the current statement period and for the total for the calendar yearto-date. Thus, if the credit union assesses and waives the fee in the February statement period, the February fee total could reflect a total net of the waived fee. * * * * * (a)(3) Time Period Covered by Disclosures 1. Periodic statement disclosures. The disclosures under § 707.11(a) must be included on periodic statements provided by a credit union starting with the first statement period that begins after January 1, 2010. For example, if a member’s statement period typically closes on the 15th of each month, a credit union must provide the disclosures required by § 707.11(a)(1) on subsequent periodic statements for that member beginning with the statement reflecting the period from January 16, 2010 to February 15, 2010. * * * * * (c) Disclosure of Account Balances 1. Balance that does not include additional amounts. For purposes of the balance disclosure requirement in § 707.11(c), if a credit union discloses balance information to a member through an automated system, it must disclose a balance that excludes any funds the credit union may provide to cover an overdraft pursuant to a discretionary overdraft service that will be paid by the credit union under a service subject to part 226 of this title (Regulation Z) or that will be transferred from another account held individually or jointly by a member. The balance may, but need not, include funds that are deposited in the member’s account, such as from a check, that are not yet made available for withdrawal in accordance with the funds availability rules under part 229 of the title (Regulation CC). In addition, the balance may, but need not, include funds that are held by the credit union to satisfy a prior obligation of the member, for example, to cover a hold for an ATM or debit card transaction that has been authorized but for which the credit union has not settled. 2. Additional balance. The credit union may disclose additional balances supplemented by funds that may be provided by the credit union to cover an overdraft, whether pursuant to a discretionary overdraft service, a service subject to part 226 of this title (Regulation Z), or a service that transfers funds from another account held individually or jointly by the member, so long as the credit union prominently states that any additional balance includes these additional overdraft amounts. The credit union may not simply state, for instance, that the second balance is the member’s ‘‘available balance,’’ or contains ‘‘available funds.’’ Rather, the credit union should provide enough information to convey that the second balance includes these amounts. For example, the credit union may state that the balance includes ‘‘overdraft funds.’’ VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 Where a member has opted out of the credit union’s discretionary overdraft service, any additional balance disclosed should not include funds credit unions provide under that service. Where a member has opted out of the credit union’s discretionary overdraft service for some, but not all transactions, e.g., the member has opted out of overdraft services for ATM and debit card transactions, a credit union that includes funds from its discretionary overdraft service in the balance should convey that the overdraft funds are not available for all transactions. For example, the credit union could state that overdraft funds are not available for ATM and debit card transactions. 3. Automated systems. The balance disclosure requirement in § 707.11(c) applies to any automated system through which the member requests a balance, including, but not limited to, a telephone response system, the credit union’s internet site, or an ATM. The requirement applies whether the credit union discloses a balance through an ATM owned or operated by the credit union or through an ATM not owned or operated by the credit union, including an ATM operated by an entity that is not a financial institution. If the balance is obtained at an ATM, the requirement also applies whether the balance is disclosed on the ATM screen or on a paper receipt. * * * * * By the National Credit Union Administration Board, on March 19, 2009. Mary F. Rupp, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E9–6728 Filed 3–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7535–01–P NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Parts 741, 748, and 749 RIN 3133–AD56 Credit Union Reporting AGENCY: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). ACTION: Proposed rule. SUMMARY: NCUA is modernizing the way insured credit unions submit reports and other important information and has developed an online, Webbased system to make reporting more efficient and cost effective. The new system will also enhance the accuracy of information by providing a means for updating certain data outside the financial reporting cycle. NCUA is proposing revisions to its regulations involving reporting procedures and record retention requirements to conform regulatory provisions to the new online system. The proposal incorporates into the regulation a statutory requirement on reporting changes in senior officials resulting from election or appointments and PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13139 would clarify requirements on when credit unions file reports with NCUA online. The proposal also includes provisions that provide alternative reporting methods for credit unions unable to submit online reports. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 26, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (Please send comments by one method only): • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • NCUA Web Site: http:// www.ncua.gov/news/proposed_regs/ proposed_regs.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: Address to regcomments@ncua.gov. Include ‘‘[Your name] Comments on Proposed Rule— Parts 741, 748 and 749’’ in the e-mail subject line. • Fax: (703) 518–6319. Use the subject line described above for e-mail. • Mail: Address to Mary Rupp, Secretary of the Board, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314– 3428. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail address. Public inspection: All public comments are available on the agency’s Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/ RegulationsOpinionsLaws/ proposed_regs/comments.html as submitted, except as may not be possible for technical reasons. Public comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Paper copies of comments may be inspected in NCUA’s law library at 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by appointment weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To make an appointment, call (703) 518–6540 or send an e-mail to ogcmail@ncua.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amber Gravius, Risk Management Officer, Office of Examination and Insurance, (703) 518–6360; George Curtis, Corporate Program Specialist, Office of Corporate Credit Unions, (703) 518–6640; or Moisette Green, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, (703) 518–6540, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NCUA is modernizing the way insured credit unions submit reports and other important information. The current software used to submit the Report of Officials and financial reports will be replaced with an integrated, Web-based information management system. The online system will make reporting more E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1 13140 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules efficient and cost effective, and enhance the accuracy of credit union data. As discussed below, the new online system will require revisions to current regulations on reporting. Final amendments will not become effective until the online system is implemented. Legal Authority and Current Regulations The Federal Credit Union Act (Act) grants NCUA broad authority to require federally-insured credit unions (FICUs), including corporate credit unions, to submit financial data and other information as required by the NCUA Board (Board). 12 U.S.C. 1761, 1766, 1781, and 1782. Federal credit unions must file the names and addresses of senior management officials and volunteer officials with NCUA within 10 days after their election or appointment. 12 U.S.C. 1761(b). NCUA has implemented this authority in various regulatory provisions. NCUA requires FICUs to submit financial reports, reports of officials, and other reports. 12 CFR 704.1, 741.6, and 748.1. Section 741.6(a) prescribes the requirements for financial, statistical, and other reports and, currently, requires natural person credit unions to file a Financial and Statistical Report quarterly, also referred to as a Call Report and identified as NCUA Form 5300. The provisions in § 741.6 currently do not specify the form corporate credit unions use; corporate credit unions file Call Reports monthly using NCUA Form 5310. Further, FICUs must file a Report of Officials, NCUA Form 4501, with NCUA annually after the election of officials. 12 CFR 748.1(a). In addition to information about a credit union’s main location and branches, hours of operation, and identity of and contact information for senior officials, NCUA Form 4501 also contains a certification of FICU compliance with the requirements of part 748, which includes catastrophic act reporting, suspicious activity reporting, and security program and Bank Secrecy Act requirements. Id. The front page of the NCUA Form 4501 states the Report of Officials must be filed with the regional director no later than 10 days after the election of officials. Appendix A to Part 749 set out guidelines for record retention and identifies key operational records FICUs should retain permanently. 12 CFR Part 749, Appendix A, para. E.2. NCUA Form 5300 or its equivalent is currently identified as an example of these key operational records. Id. at para. E(2)(b). VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 Current Reporting Process The NCUA Call Report System, including the Report of Officials, is the primary means by which NCUA collects, validates, stores, and reports financial and operational data for FICUs. NCUA provides internally developed software to all FICUs for preparing their Call Report submission. The software contains calculation features and data entry controls to help minimize errors in reporting. Natural person credit unions submit Call Report data quarterly and corporate credit unions submit their data monthly. NCUA also provides internally developed software for FICUs to submit their Report of Officials and certify compliance with the requirements of part 748 in the Report of Officials. A credit union may submit the Call Report and Report of Officials data one of four ways: (1) Transmit via the internet using the eSend feature in the software; (2) Send via e-mail as an attachment; (3) Save the file to CD–Rom; or, (4) Complete and forward the hardcopy form to NCUA. NCUA currently makes a substantial amount of financial data and other information about individual credit unions available on the agency Web site. The agency Web site generates Financial Performance Reports and users can obtain these reports on individual credit unions or aggregate data on multiple credit unions. In addition, NCUA publishes a report on Federally Insured Credit Unions Financial Trends. Online Process The genesis for change comes from NCUA’s interest in increasing efficiency, reducing costs, enhancing accuracy of data, and providing a secure, single access portal where credit unions can submit, edit, and view data NCUA collects. NCUA has developed a new information management tool allowing FICUs to submit financial reports, information regarding officials, and other information to NCUA through a secure, Web-based system. Credit unions will access the online system via the internet from NCUA’s Web site at http://www.ncua.gov. For credit unions to use the online system, they must have a computer, Internet connectivity, Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, and a valid e-mail address. All users of the online system will have a login and password they can self-manage and change, and credit union users will only have access to their own credit union’s confidential information. The public will continue to have access to nonconfidential information without the need for a login or password. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 To ensure information is protected, users will identify themselves using an authentication process requiring a unique login and password. Once identified, authenticated users will only be able to access information they are authorized to view. In addition, all communication of sensitive information between the credit union’s browser and NCUA’s Web servers will be encrypted using the industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to prevent others from intercepting and accessing confidential credit union information. NCUA will no longer issue software to submit data; the online system will permit credit unions to submit data to NCUA from any computer. Additionally, the online system will eliminate mailing and printing delays, missing pieces to the Call Report packet, and damaged software CDs. Similar to the current process, the online system will provide real-time warnings throughout the input process to ensure data integrity. NCUA projects implementing the new system during the third quarter of 2009 for natural person credit unions. The system will be implemented for corporate credit unions in 2010. The Report of Officials and Call Report software will be eliminated, and all data will be submitted and viewed through an online Credit Union Profile and Call Report. The online profile will include information NCUA maintains about a credit union that infrequently changes, for example, the credit union address(es), phone number(s), list of officials, hours of operation, etc. It will also contain some information currently collected on the Call Reports, including disaster recovery information, and information systems and technology information, to eliminate the requirement for credit unions to report redundant information each Call Report cycle. NCUA will provide a real-time environment for updating information. After profile data is entered, subsequent input will only be required for additions, deletions, or changes to the data. For efficiency and to make reporting less burdensome, credit unions will be able to have multiple users to enhance the likelihood that profile information is accurate and updated when necessary and the Call Report is submitted timely. Additionally, multiple users will be able to access the system and complete different sections of the Call Report and profile simultaneously. Credit unions unable to use the online system will use a process similar to current practice and submit their information on a paper form. E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules Periodically, the system will require users to verify the accuracy of FICU information and complete a series of edit checks to ensure all required information has been entered into the profile. If any information is missing or is incomplete, the user will receive an error message. To assist credit unions with this process, all required areas of the profile will be outlined in the online instructions as well as the paper form instructions. NCUA has been providing information about the transition to the online system since early 2008. These initiatives include presentations at trade association conferences, credit union workshops, credit union league events, an NCUA Newsletter article, an alert on the NCUA Credit Union Data Web page, and a Frequently Asked Questions posted on NCUA’s Web site at http:// www.ncua.gov/OnlineFAQ.pdf. Additionally, NCUA has consulted with the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors while developing the online system. NCUA intends to conduct presentations about the online system throughout 2009 similar to the 2008 initiatives. The Proposal To clarify reporting procedures and record retention requirements, NCUA is proposing revisions to §§ 741.6 and 748.1, and Appendix A to part 749. Section 741.6 would clarify when FICUs must update their Credit Union Profiles and add a provision addressing corporate credit unions and the NCUA Form 5310. Additionally, the proposed rule would amend § 748.1 to clarify the compliance report filing requirements for FICUs using the online system and for FICUs filing reports manually. FICUs that cannot certify compliance online would certify compliance in writing on the new Credit Union Profile form, NCUA Form 4501A. Finally, the proposed rule would update the record retention guidelines in Appendix A of Part 749 and include the new Credit Union Profile form as a key operational record that should be retained permanently. Natural person and corporate credit unions will continue to file Call Report data in the same time frames as they currently do, and credit unions with access to the internet will submit their data online. If a credit union has computer interruptions or does not have access to the internet, it will be required to complete paper forms and return them to NCUA or, for federally insured state chartered credit unions, their State Supervisory Authority, for input into the online system. If submitted Call Report data is not accurate, credit VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 unions will be required to submit a corrected Call Report upon notification or the discovery of a need for correction. Credit unions with access to the internet will make these submissions in the online system. Credit unions filing manually will complete the paper form. The proposal requires credit unions to update the information in the profile within 10 days of the election or appointment of senior management or volunteer officials or within 30 days of any change of information in the profile. After the Credit Union Profile data is initially entered, subsequent input will only be required for additions, deletions, or changes to the data. The Act requires federal credit unions to file a record of the names and addresses of the executive officers, loan officers, and supervisory and credit committee members with NCUA within 10 days after their election or appointment. 12 U.S.C. 1761(b). This requirement has been part of the Report of Officials; however, the proposed rule would incorporate the requirement expressly in the regulation. Additionally, to ensure the accuracy of the information when there is a change in the profile information unrelated to an election or appointment of officials, the proposal would require FICUs to update their Credit Union Profile within 30 days of any change to its contents. Credit unions with access to the internet will make these corrections using the online system, and credit unions filing manually will complete the paper form. FICUs will continue to certify compliance with Part 748. Under the current § 748.1(a), the president or other managing official of a FICU must sign and date the compliance statement in the Report of Officials. NCUA adopted this requirement to improve the detection, investigation, and prosecution of fraud in FICUs. 50 FR 53294 (December 31, 1985). The proposed rule retains this requirement and clarifies compliance reporting will be completed within the Credit Union Profile. A president or managing official may direct any of the FICU’s online system users to certify the compliance statement; the Board notes, however, the president or managing official is personally responsible for ensuring and certifying the FICU has complied with the security program, disaster recovery, Bank Secrecy Act, and other requirements in Part 748. Finally, the proposed rule would address the record retention guidelines. Appendix A to Part 749 set out guidelines for record retention and identifies the Call Report as a key operational record that FICUs should retain permanently. 12 CFR Part 749, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13141 Appendix A, para. E.2(b). The record retention guidelines do not list the Report of Officials as a key operational record, but the proposed would include the Credit Union Profile as a record that FICUs should retain permanently. Regulatory Procedures Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires NCUA to prepare an analysis to describe any significant economic impact any regulation may have on a substantial number of small entities. 5 U.S.C. 603(a). For purposes of this analysis, NCUA considers credit unions having under $10 million in assets as small entities. Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 03–2, 68 FR 31949 (May 29, 2003). As of December 31, 2008, NCUA estimates there are approximately 7,860 federally-insured, natural person credit unions. Approximately 3,318 of them have less than $10 million in assets. NCUA estimates out of 28 corporate credit unions, one is a small entity. This proposed rule would directly affect all small FICUs. Therefore, NCUA has determined this proposed rule will have an impact on a substantial number of small entities. NCUA has determined, however, the economic impact on entities affected by the proposed rule will not be significant. The proposed rule will reduce the regulatory burden on FICUs that submit their financial reports, Credit Union Profile, and other information online. NCUA is also proposing alternate methods, similar to the current practices, for FICUs without internet access to submit information. Additionally, NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives has reviewed the proposal and concluded it would have a moderate impact on small credit unions, but contained sufficient provisions to mitigate the impact and would result in greater efficiencies for all credit unions. Accordingly, NCUA certifies the proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on small entities, but invites comment on the proposal’s economic impact and suggestions on how to minimize it. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with section 3512 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521 (PRA), NCUA may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The information collection requirements contained in this proposed E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1 13142 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules rule have been submitted to OMB for review and approval under section 3507 of the PRA and § 1320.11 of OMB’s implementing regulations. 5 CFR 1320.11. The requirements are found in 12 CFR 741.6, 748.1, and Appendix A to Part 749. Comments are invited on: a. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the NCUA’s functions, including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the estimates of the burden of the information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments should be addressed to Jeryl Fish, Paperwork Clearance Officer, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428; send a facsimile to (703) 518–6319; or send an e-mail to regcomments@ncua.gov. Please submit information collection comments by one method. NCUA will post comments on its Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/ RegulationsOpinionsLaws/ proposedregs/proposedregs.html. Interested persons may inspect the comments at NCUA, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by appointment. To make an appointment, call (703) 518–6540, send an e-mail to ogcmail@ncua.gov, or send a facsimile transmission to (703) 518–6667. Under the Act, FICUs must submit certain reports and information to NCUA, as required by the Board. 12 U.S.C. 1761, 1766, 1781, and 1782. The information collections in the proposed rule involve financial reports, Credit Union Profiles containing names and Current addresses of volunteer and management officials, a regulatory compliance certification, and record retention guidelines. These information collections have previously been approved by OMB, but will require revisions due to this rulemaking. Call Reports. The information collection in Call Reports for natural person credit unions, NCUA Form 5300, is currently approved under OMB Control Number 3133–0004. Credit unions with access to the internet would submit the Call Report quarterly using a Web-based information management system. For efficiency, credit unions can have multiple users to ensure the Call Report is submitted timely. A one-time training burden is added for training employees or volunteers on the online system. Credit unions unable to use the online system would submit the NCUA Form 5300 in accordance with the form’s instructions. The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as follows: Estimate Difference Respondents .............................................................. Annual responses ...................................................... Time per response (hours) ........................................ 8,871 35,484 6.6 7,860 (7,100 online; 760 manually) .......................... 31,440 ........................................................................ 3 (online) ................................................................... 6.6 (manual) .............................................................. ¥1,011 ¥4,044 ¥3.6 Total time per respondent (hours) ...................... 26.4 14–26.4 ...................................................................... ¥12.4 Total annual burden (hours) ............................... 234,194 20,064–99,400 ........................................................... ¥134,794 Total annual cost ($) .......................................... 5,548,000 2,670,000 ................................................................... ¥2,878,000 One-time training (hours) ........................................... The change in burden is due to a decrease in the number of natural person credit unions and the use of online methods to submit the NCUA Form 5300. The information collection in Call Reports for corporate credit unions, NCUA Form 5310, is currently approved 2 under OMB Control Number 3133–0067. Corporate credit unions would submit the Call Report monthly using the Webbased, information management system beginning in 2010. For efficiency, credit unions can have multiple users to ensure the Call Report is submitted timely. A one-time training burden is added for training employees or volunteers on the online system. If a corporate credit union is unable to use the online system, it would submit the NCUA Form 5310 in accordance with the form’s instructions. The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as follows: Current Estimate Difference Respondents ............................................................................................................................................ Annual responses .................................................................................................................................... Time per response (hours) ...................................................................................................................... 30 360 2 28 336 1 ¥2 ¥24 ¥1 Total time per respondent (hours) .................................................................................................... 24 12 ¥12 Total annual burden (hours) ............................................................................................................. 720 336 ¥384 Total annual cost ($) ........................................................................................................................ 10,800 5,400 ¥5,400 One-time training (hours) ......................................................................................................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 2 26MRP1 13143 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules The change in burden is due to the decrease in the number of corporate credit unions due to mergers. Report of Officials/Credit Union Profile. The Report of Officials, NCUA Form 4501, is currently approved under OMB Control Number 3133–0053. The NCUA Form 4501 will be revised to include all information collected in the online Credit Union Profile. The Credit Union Profile Form, NCUA Form 4501A, will replace NCUA Form 4501 when the corporate credit unions begin using the online system in 2010. To enhance the accuracy of critical information NCUA maintains and comply with the statutory requirement, all FICUs with access to the internet would update the new Credit Union Profile within 10 days of an election or appointment of volunteer officials or 30 days of any profile information changes. NCUA is unable to know exactly how often FICUs will update the Credit Union Profile and estimates FICUs will update the profile information no more than four times a year. Currently, the Report of Officials contains a statement of compliance regarding the security requirements in part 748. The Credit Union Profile will contain a similar certification, and the president or managing official of each FICU will be required to complete the certification annually. For efficiency, credit unions can have multiple users to ensure profile information is updated. A one-time Current training burden is added for training employees or volunteers on the online system and a one-time initial input burden is added for credit unions to enter their officials, main office and branch information, and other required data. FICUs that are unable to update the profile online could submit the NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent in accordance with the instructions. The credit union president or managing official would be required to sign and date the NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent. The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as follows: Estimate Difference Respondents ............................................................... Annual responses ....................................................... Time per response (hours) ......................................... Total time per respondent (hours) ....................... 8,871 8,871 1 8,871 7,888 (7,128 online; 760 manually) ............................ 31,552 ......................................................................... .5–1 ............................................................................. 15,776–31,552 ............................................................ ¥983 22,681 ¥.5 6,905–22,681 Total annual burden (hours) ................................ 8,871 35,496–102,544 .......................................................... 26.625–93,673 One-time training (hours) ............................................ .5–1 One-time input (hours) ................................................ 2–8 The change in burden is due to the frequency credit unions will submit and update Credit Union Profile information and the time required for initial input of data into the system. NCUA estimates it will take the majority of credit unions two hours or less to enter their profile data. To enhance the accuracy of critical information NCUA maintains, credit unions would be required to update profile information within 10 days of an election or appointment of volunteer officials, or 30 days of any change. Records Preservation. Part 749 requires all FICUs to have a records preservation program. Appendix A to Part 749 contains guidelines for the retention of key operating records. FICUs should permanently retain certain key operating records, including one copy of each NCUA 5300, 5310, or its equivalent. The current information collection is approved under OMB Control Number 3133–0032. The proposed rule would add the Credit Union Profile, NCUA Form 4501 or its Current equivalent, to the list of key operational records and update the guidelines in Appendix A to clarify that FICUs should permanently retain one copy of each Credit Union Profile report quarterly. FICUs are not required to submit any information to NCUA under the records preservation program, but may incur a cost for storage of information. NCUA estimates the cost of storage is $10—$25 per credit union. The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as follows: Estimate Difference Respondents ............................................................... Time for recordkeeping (hours) .................................. 8,420 2 7,888 ........................................................................... 1–2 .............................................................................. ¥532 ¥1 Total annual burden (hours) ................................ 16,930 7,888–15,776 .............................................................. ¥9,042–¥1,154 Total annual cost ($) ............................................ 84,200 78,880–197,200 .......................................................... 113,000 The change in burden is due to a change in the number of FICUs and the cost of storing vital and key operating records. The annual cost will vary per institution based on the cost to store these records electronically or hardcopy. NCUA estimates the majority of credit unions will store these records electronically and there will be no additional burden on credit unions. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 Executive Order 13132 Executive Order 13132 encourages independent regulatory agencies to consider the impact of their actions on state and local interests. In adherence to fundamental federalism principles, NCUA, an independent regulatory agency as defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5), voluntarily complies with the executive order. The proposed rule would not have a substantial direct effect on the states, on the connection between the PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. NCUA has determined this proposed rule does not constitute a policy that has federalism implications for purposes of the executive order. E:\FR\FM\26MRP1.SGM 26MRP1 13144 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Proposed Rules The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999—Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families NCUA has determined that this proposed rule would not affect family well-being within the meaning of section 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999, Public Law 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681 (1998). Agency Regulatory Goal NCUA’s goal is to promulgate clear and understandable regulations that impose minimal regulatory burden. We request your comments on whether the proposed amendment is understandable and minimally intrusive, if implemented as proposed. List of Subjects 12 CFR Part 741 Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Share insurance. PART 748—SECURITY PROGRAM, REPORT OF SUSPECTED CRIMES, SUSPICIOUS TRANSACTIONS, CATASTROPHIC ACTS AND BANK SECRECY ACT COMPLIANCE 12 CFR Part 748 Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures. 3. The authority for part 748 continues to read as follows: 12 CFR Part 749 Archives and records, Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. By the National Credit Union Administration Board, on March 19, 2009. Mary F. Rupp, Secretary of the Board. PART 741—REQUIREMENTS FOR INSURANCE 1. The authority for part 741 continues to read as follows: Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1757, 1766(a), 1781– 1790, and 1790d; 31 U.S.C. 3717. 2. Amend § 741.6 by removing paragraph (d) and revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 741.6 Financial and statistical and other reports. (a) Upon written notice from the Board, Regional Director, or Director of the Office of Corporate Credit Unions, insured credit unions must file financial and other reports in accordance with the instructions in the notice. Credit unions with the capacity to do so must use NCUA’s information management system to submit their data online. If a credit union is unable to use the information system, it must file written 17:06 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1766(a), 1786(q); 15 U.S.C. 6801 and 6805(b); 31 U.S.C. 5311 and 5318. 4. Amend § 748.1 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 748.1 For the reasons stated above, NCUA proposes to amend 12 CFR parts 741, 748, and 749 as follows: VerDate Nov<24>2008 reports in accordance with the instructions. (1) Credit Union Profile. Insured credit unions must submit to NCUA a Credit Union Profile, NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent, within 10 days after an election or appointment of senior management or volunteer officials or within 30 days of any change of the information in the profile. (2) Financial and statistical report. Natural person credit unions must file a Call Report with NCUA quarterly in accordance with the instructions in the NCUA Form 5300. Corporate credit unions must file a Corporate Credit Union Call Report with NCUA monthly in accordance with the instructions in the NCUA Form 5310. Credit unions must submit a corrected Call Report upon notification or the discovery of a need for correction. * * * * * Filing of reports. (a) The president or managing official of each federally-insured credit union must certify compliance with the requirements of this Part in its Credit Union Profile annually. Credit unions that cannot update their profile online must certify compliance in writing in accordance with the instructions on NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent. The credit union president or managing official must sign and date the written certification. * * * * * PART 749—RECORDS PRESERVATION PROGRAM AND APENDICES—RECORD RETENTION GUIDELINES; CATASTROPHIC ACT PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES 5. The authority for part 749 continues to read as follows: Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1766, 1783, and 1789; 15 U.S.C. 7001(d). Appendix A to Part 749 [Amended] 6. Amend Appendix A to Part 749 by revising paragraph E.2.(b) to read as follows: * PO 00000 * * Frm 00017 * Fmt 4702 * Sfmt 4702 E. * * * 2. * * * (b) One copy of each financial report, NCUA Form 5300 or 5310, or their equivalent, and the Credit Union Profile report, NCUA Form 4501, or its equivalent as submitted to NCUA at the end of each quarter. * * * * * [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 57 (Thursday, March 26, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 13139-13144]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-6727]


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NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION

12 CFR Parts 741, 748, and 749

RIN 3133-AD56


Credit Union Reporting

AGENCY: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: NCUA is modernizing the way insured credit unions submit 
reports and other important information and has developed an online, 
Web-based system to make reporting more efficient and cost effective. 
The new system will also enhance the accuracy of information by 
providing a means for updating certain data outside the financial 
reporting cycle. NCUA is proposing revisions to its regulations 
involving reporting procedures and record retention requirements to 
conform regulatory provisions to the new online system. The proposal 
incorporates into the regulation a statutory requirement on reporting 
changes in senior officials resulting from election or appointments and 
would clarify requirements on when credit unions file reports with NCUA 
online. The proposal also includes provisions that provide alternative 
reporting methods for credit unions unable to submit online reports.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 26, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(Please send comments by one method only):
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     NCUA Web Site: http://www.ncua.gov/news/proposed_regs/proposed_regs.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: Address to regcomments@ncua.gov. Include ``[Your 
name] Comments on Proposed Rule--Parts 741, 748 and 749'' in the e-mail 
subject line.
     Fax: (703) 518-6319. Use the subject line described above 
for e-mail.
     Mail: Address to Mary Rupp, Secretary of the Board, 
National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22314-3428.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail address.
    Public inspection: All public comments are available on the 
agency's Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/RegulationsOpinionsLaws/proposed_regs/comments.html as submitted, except as may not be 
possible for technical reasons. Public comments will not be edited to 
remove any identifying or contact information. Paper copies of comments 
may be inspected in NCUA's law library at 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22314, by appointment weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To 
make an appointment, call (703) 518-6540 or send an e-mail to 
ogcmail@ncua.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amber Gravius, Risk Management 
Officer, Office of Examination and Insurance, (703) 518-6360; George 
Curtis, Corporate Program Specialist, Office of Corporate Credit 
Unions, (703) 518-6640; or Moisette Green, Staff Attorney, Office of 
General Counsel, (703) 518-6540, National Credit Union Administration, 
1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NCUA is modernizing the way insured credit 
unions submit reports and other important information. The current 
software used to submit the Report of Officials and financial reports 
will be replaced with an integrated, Web-based information management 
system. The online system will make reporting more

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efficient and cost effective, and enhance the accuracy of credit union 
data. As discussed below, the new online system will require revisions 
to current regulations on reporting. Final amendments will not become 
effective until the online system is implemented.

Legal Authority and Current Regulations

    The Federal Credit Union Act (Act) grants NCUA broad authority to 
require federally-insured credit unions (FICUs), including corporate 
credit unions, to submit financial data and other information as 
required by the NCUA Board (Board). 12 U.S.C. 1761, 1766, 1781, and 
1782. Federal credit unions must file the names and addresses of senior 
management officials and volunteer officials with NCUA within 10 days 
after their election or appointment. 12 U.S.C. 1761(b).
    NCUA has implemented this authority in various regulatory 
provisions. NCUA requires FICUs to submit financial reports, reports of 
officials, and other reports. 12 CFR 704.1, 741.6, and 748.1. Section 
741.6(a) prescribes the requirements for financial, statistical, and 
other reports and, currently, requires natural person credit unions to 
file a Financial and Statistical Report quarterly, also referred to as 
a Call Report and identified as NCUA Form 5300. The provisions in Sec.  
741.6 currently do not specify the form corporate credit unions use; 
corporate credit unions file Call Reports monthly using NCUA Form 5310. 
Further, FICUs must file a Report of Officials, NCUA Form 4501, with 
NCUA annually after the election of officials. 12 CFR 748.1(a). In 
addition to information about a credit union's main location and 
branches, hours of operation, and identity of and contact information 
for senior officials, NCUA Form 4501 also contains a certification of 
FICU compliance with the requirements of part 748, which includes 
catastrophic act reporting, suspicious activity reporting, and security 
program and Bank Secrecy Act requirements. Id. The front page of the 
NCUA Form 4501 states the Report of Officials must be filed with the 
regional director no later than 10 days after the election of 
officials.
    Appendix A to Part 749 set out guidelines for record retention and 
identifies key operational records FICUs should retain permanently. 12 
CFR Part 749, Appendix A, para. E.2. NCUA Form 5300 or its equivalent 
is currently identified as an example of these key operational records. 
Id. at para. E(2)(b).

Current Reporting Process

    The NCUA Call Report System, including the Report of Officials, is 
the primary means by which NCUA collects, validates, stores, and 
reports financial and operational data for FICUs. NCUA provides 
internally developed software to all FICUs for preparing their Call 
Report submission. The software contains calculation features and data 
entry controls to help minimize errors in reporting. Natural person 
credit unions submit Call Report data quarterly and corporate credit 
unions submit their data monthly.
    NCUA also provides internally developed software for FICUs to 
submit their Report of Officials and certify compliance with the 
requirements of part 748 in the Report of Officials. A credit union may 
submit the Call Report and Report of Officials data one of four ways: 
(1) Transmit via the internet using the eSend feature in the software; 
(2) Send via e-mail as an attachment; (3) Save the file to CD-Rom; or, 
(4) Complete and forward the hardcopy form to NCUA.
    NCUA currently makes a substantial amount of financial data and 
other information about individual credit unions available on the 
agency Web site. The agency Web site generates Financial Performance 
Reports and users can obtain these reports on individual credit unions 
or aggregate data on multiple credit unions. In addition, NCUA 
publishes a report on Federally Insured Credit Unions Financial Trends.

Online Process

    The genesis for change comes from NCUA's interest in increasing 
efficiency, reducing costs, enhancing accuracy of data, and providing a 
secure, single access portal where credit unions can submit, edit, and 
view data NCUA collects. NCUA has developed a new information 
management tool allowing FICUs to submit financial reports, information 
regarding officials, and other information to NCUA through a secure, 
Web-based system. Credit unions will access the online system via the 
internet from NCUA's Web site at http://www.ncua.gov. For credit unions 
to use the online system, they must have a computer, Internet 
connectivity, Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, and a valid e-mail 
address. All users of the online system will have a login and password 
they can self-manage and change, and credit union users will only have 
access to their own credit union's confidential information. The public 
will continue to have access to non-confidential information without 
the need for a login or password.
    To ensure information is protected, users will identify themselves 
using an authentication process requiring a unique login and password. 
Once identified, authenticated users will only be able to access 
information they are authorized to view. In addition, all communication 
of sensitive information between the credit union's browser and NCUA's 
Web servers will be encrypted using the industry-standard Secure 
Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to prevent others from intercepting and 
accessing confidential credit union information.
    NCUA will no longer issue software to submit data; the online 
system will permit credit unions to submit data to NCUA from any 
computer. Additionally, the online system will eliminate mailing and 
printing delays, missing pieces to the Call Report packet, and damaged 
software CDs. Similar to the current process, the online system will 
provide real-time warnings throughout the input process to ensure data 
integrity. NCUA projects implementing the new system during the third 
quarter of 2009 for natural person credit unions. The system will be 
implemented for corporate credit unions in 2010.
    The Report of Officials and Call Report software will be 
eliminated, and all data will be submitted and viewed through an online 
Credit Union Profile and Call Report. The online profile will include 
information NCUA maintains about a credit union that infrequently 
changes, for example, the credit union address(es), phone number(s), 
list of officials, hours of operation, etc. It will also contain some 
information currently collected on the Call Reports, including disaster 
recovery information, and information systems and technology 
information, to eliminate the requirement for credit unions to report 
redundant information each Call Report cycle. NCUA will provide a real-
time environment for updating information. After profile data is 
entered, subsequent input will only be required for additions, 
deletions, or changes to the data.
    For efficiency and to make reporting less burdensome, credit unions 
will be able to have multiple users to enhance the likelihood that 
profile information is accurate and updated when necessary and the Call 
Report is submitted timely. Additionally, multiple users will be able 
to access the system and complete different sections of the Call Report 
and profile simultaneously. Credit unions unable to use the online 
system will use a process similar to current practice and submit their 
information on a paper form.

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    Periodically, the system will require users to verify the accuracy 
of FICU information and complete a series of edit checks to ensure all 
required information has been entered into the profile. If any 
information is missing or is incomplete, the user will receive an error 
message. To assist credit unions with this process, all required areas 
of the profile will be outlined in the online instructions as well as 
the paper form instructions.
    NCUA has been providing information about the transition to the 
online system since early 2008. These initiatives include presentations 
at trade association conferences, credit union workshops, credit union 
league events, an NCUA Newsletter article, an alert on the NCUA Credit 
Union Data Web page, and a Frequently Asked Questions posted on NCUA's 
Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/OnlineFAQ.pdf. Additionally, NCUA has 
consulted with the National Association of State Credit Union 
Supervisors while developing the online system. NCUA intends to conduct 
presentations about the online system throughout 2009 similar to the 
2008 initiatives.

The Proposal

    To clarify reporting procedures and record retention requirements, 
NCUA is proposing revisions to Sec. Sec.  741.6 and 748.1, and Appendix 
A to part 749. Section 741.6 would clarify when FICUs must update their 
Credit Union Profiles and add a provision addressing corporate credit 
unions and the NCUA Form 5310. Additionally, the proposed rule would 
amend Sec.  748.1 to clarify the compliance report filing requirements 
for FICUs using the online system and for FICUs filing reports 
manually. FICUs that cannot certify compliance online would certify 
compliance in writing on the new Credit Union Profile form, NCUA Form 
4501A. Finally, the proposed rule would update the record retention 
guidelines in Appendix A of Part 749 and include the new Credit Union 
Profile form as a key operational record that should be retained 
permanently.
    Natural person and corporate credit unions will continue to file 
Call Report data in the same time frames as they currently do, and 
credit unions with access to the internet will submit their data 
online. If a credit union has computer interruptions or does not have 
access to the internet, it will be required to complete paper forms and 
return them to NCUA or, for federally insured state chartered credit 
unions, their State Supervisory Authority, for input into the online 
system. If submitted Call Report data is not accurate, credit unions 
will be required to submit a corrected Call Report upon notification or 
the discovery of a need for correction. Credit unions with access to 
the internet will make these submissions in the online system. Credit 
unions filing manually will complete the paper form.
    The proposal requires credit unions to update the information in 
the profile within 10 days of the election or appointment of senior 
management or volunteer officials or within 30 days of any change of 
information in the profile. After the Credit Union Profile data is 
initially entered, subsequent input will only be required for 
additions, deletions, or changes to the data. The Act requires federal 
credit unions to file a record of the names and addresses of the 
executive officers, loan officers, and supervisory and credit committee 
members with NCUA within 10 days after their election or appointment. 
12 U.S.C. 1761(b). This requirement has been part of the Report of 
Officials; however, the proposed rule would incorporate the requirement 
expressly in the regulation. Additionally, to ensure the accuracy of 
the information when there is a change in the profile information 
unrelated to an election or appointment of officials, the proposal 
would require FICUs to update their Credit Union Profile within 30 days 
of any change to its contents. Credit unions with access to the 
internet will make these corrections using the online system, and 
credit unions filing manually will complete the paper form.
    FICUs will continue to certify compliance with Part 748. Under the 
current Sec.  748.1(a), the president or other managing official of a 
FICU must sign and date the compliance statement in the Report of 
Officials. NCUA adopted this requirement to improve the detection, 
investigation, and prosecution of fraud in FICUs. 50 FR 53294 (December 
31, 1985). The proposed rule retains this requirement and clarifies 
compliance reporting will be completed within the Credit Union Profile. 
A president or managing official may direct any of the FICU's online 
system users to certify the compliance statement; the Board notes, 
however, the president or managing official is personally responsible 
for ensuring and certifying the FICU has complied with the security 
program, disaster recovery, Bank Secrecy Act, and other requirements in 
Part 748.
    Finally, the proposed rule would address the record retention 
guidelines. Appendix A to Part 749 set out guidelines for record 
retention and identifies the Call Report as a key operational record 
that FICUs should retain permanently. 12 CFR Part 749, Appendix A, 
para. E.2(b). The record retention guidelines do not list the Report of 
Officials as a key operational record, but the proposed would include 
the Credit Union Profile as a record that FICUs should retain 
permanently.

Regulatory Procedures

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires NCUA to prepare an analysis 
to describe any significant economic impact any regulation may have on 
a substantial number of small entities. 5 U.S.C. 603(a). For purposes 
of this analysis, NCUA considers credit unions having under $10 million 
in assets as small entities. Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 
03-2, 68 FR 31949 (May 29, 2003). As of December 31, 2008, NCUA 
estimates there are approximately 7,860 federally-insured, natural 
person credit unions. Approximately 3,318 of them have less than $10 
million in assets. NCUA estimates out of 28 corporate credit unions, 
one is a small entity. This proposed rule would directly affect all 
small FICUs. Therefore, NCUA has determined this proposed rule will 
have an impact on a substantial number of small entities.
    NCUA has determined, however, the economic impact on entities 
affected by the proposed rule will not be significant. The proposed 
rule will reduce the regulatory burden on FICUs that submit their 
financial reports, Credit Union Profile, and other information online. 
NCUA is also proposing alternate methods, similar to the current 
practices, for FICUs without internet access to submit information. 
Additionally, NCUA's Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives has 
reviewed the proposal and concluded it would have a moderate impact on 
small credit unions, but contained sufficient provisions to mitigate 
the impact and would result in greater efficiencies for all credit 
unions. Accordingly, NCUA certifies the proposed rule would not have a 
significant economic impact on small entities, but invites comment on 
the proposal's economic impact and suggestions on how to minimize it.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with section 3512 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), NCUA may not conduct or sponsor, and 
the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection 
unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The information collection requirements contained 
in this proposed

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rule have been submitted to OMB for review and approval under section 
3507 of the PRA and Sec.  1320.11 of OMB's implementing regulations. 5 
CFR 1320.11. The requirements are found in 12 CFR 741.6, 748.1, and 
Appendix A to Part 749. Comments are invited on:
    a. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the NCUA's functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the estimates of the burden of the information 
collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used;
    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    d. Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    All comments will become a matter of public record.
    Comments should be addressed to Jeryl Fish, Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, 
Alexandria, VA 22314-3428; send a facsimile to (703) 518-6319; or send 
an e-mail to regcomments@ncua.gov. Please submit information collection 
comments by one method. NCUA will post comments on its Web site at 
http://www.ncua.gov/RegulationsOpinionsLaws/proposedregs/proposedregs.html.
    Interested persons may inspect the comments at NCUA, 1775 Duke 
Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by appointment. To make an 
appointment, call (703) 518-6540, send an e-mail to ogcmail@ncua.gov, 
or send a facsimile transmission to (703) 518-6667.
    Under the Act, FICUs must submit certain reports and information to 
NCUA, as required by the Board. 12 U.S.C. 1761, 1766, 1781, and 1782. 
The information collections in the proposed rule involve financial 
reports, Credit Union Profiles containing names and addresses of 
volunteer and management officials, a regulatory compliance 
certification, and record retention guidelines. These information 
collections have previously been approved by OMB, but will require 
revisions due to this rulemaking.
    Call Reports. The information collection in Call Reports for 
natural person credit unions, NCUA Form 5300, is currently approved 
under OMB Control Number 3133-0004. Credit unions with access to the 
internet would submit the Call Report quarterly using a Web-based 
information management system. For efficiency, credit unions can have 
multiple users to ensure the Call Report is submitted timely. A one-
time training burden is added for training employees or volunteers on 
the online system. Credit unions unable to use the online system would 
submit the NCUA Form 5300 in accordance with the form's instructions. 
The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as 
follows:

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                                                 Current                Estimate                  Difference
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Respondents..................................        8,871  7,860 (7,100 online; 760                      -1,011
                                                             manually).
Annual responses.............................       35,484  31,440.........................               -4,044
Time per response (hours)....................          6.6  3 (online).....................                 -3.6
                                                            6.6 (manual)...................
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    Total time per respondent (hours)........         26.4  14-26.4........................                -12.4
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    Total annual burden (hours)..............      234,194  20,064-99,400..................             -134,794
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    Total annual cost ($)....................    5,548,000  2,670,000......................           -2,878,000
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One-time training (hours)....................                                  2
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    The change in burden is due to a decrease in the number of natural 
person credit unions and the use of online methods to submit the NCUA 
Form 5300.
    The information collection in Call Reports for corporate credit 
unions, NCUA Form 5310, is currently approved under OMB Control Number 
3133-0067. Corporate credit unions would submit the Call Report monthly 
using the Web-based, information management system beginning in 2010. 
For efficiency, credit unions can have multiple users to ensure the 
Call Report is submitted timely. A one-time training burden is added 
for training employees or volunteers on the online system. If a 
corporate credit union is unable to use the online system, it would 
submit the NCUA Form 5310 in accordance with the form's instructions. 
The burden associated with this information collection is summarized as 
follows:

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                                     Current      Estimate    Difference
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Respondents......................           30           28           -2
Annual responses.................          360          336          -24
Time per response (hours)........            2            1           -1
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    Total time per respondent               24           12          -12
     (hours).....................
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    Total annual burden (hours)..          720          336         -384
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    Total annual cost ($)........       10,800        5,400       -5,400
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One-time training (hours)........                    2
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    The change in burden is due to the decrease in the number of 
corporate credit unions due to mergers.
    Report of Officials/Credit Union Profile. The Report of Officials, 
NCUA Form 4501, is currently approved under OMB Control Number 3133-
0053. The NCUA Form 4501 will be revised to include all information 
collected in the online Credit Union Profile. The Credit Union Profile 
Form, NCUA Form 4501A, will replace NCUA Form 4501 when the corporate 
credit unions begin using the online system in 2010. To enhance the 
accuracy of critical information NCUA maintains and comply with the 
statutory requirement, all FICUs with access to the internet would 
update the new Credit Union Profile within 10 days of an election or 
appointment of volunteer officials or 30 days of any profile 
information changes. NCUA is unable to know exactly how often FICUs 
will update the Credit Union Profile and estimates FICUs will update 
the profile information no more than four times a year.
    Currently, the Report of Officials contains a statement of 
compliance regarding the security requirements in part 748. The Credit 
Union Profile will contain a similar certification, and the president 
or managing official of each FICU will be required to complete the 
certification annually.
    For efficiency, credit unions can have multiple users to ensure 
profile information is updated. A one-time training burden is added for 
training employees or volunteers on the online system and a one-time 
initial input burden is added for credit unions to enter their 
officials, main office and branch information, and other required data. 
FICUs that are unable to update the profile online could submit the 
NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent in accordance with the instructions. 
The credit union president or managing official would be required to 
sign and date the NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent. The burden 
associated with this information collection is summarized as follows:

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                                          Current             Estimate                     Difference
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Respondents...........................        8,871  7,888 (7,128 online; 760   -983
                                                      manually).
Annual responses......................        8,871  31,552...................  22,681
Time per response (hours).............            1  .5-1.....................  -.5
    Total time per respondent (hours).        8,871  15,776-31,552............  6,905-22,681
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    Total annual burden (hours).......        8,871  35,496-102,544...........  26.625-93,673
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One-time training (hours).............                                    .5-1
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One-time input (hours)................                                     2-8
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    The change in burden is due to the frequency credit unions will 
submit and update Credit Union Profile information and the time 
required for initial input of data into the system. NCUA estimates it 
will take the majority of credit unions two hours or less to enter 
their profile data. To enhance the accuracy of critical information 
NCUA maintains, credit unions would be required to update profile 
information within 10 days of an election or appointment of volunteer 
officials, or 30 days of any change.
    Records Preservation. Part 749 requires all FICUs to have a records 
preservation program. Appendix A to Part 749 contains guidelines for 
the retention of key operating records. FICUs should permanently retain 
certain key operating records, including one copy of each NCUA 5300, 
5310, or its equivalent. The current information collection is approved 
under OMB Control Number 3133-0032. The proposed rule would add the 
Credit Union Profile, NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent, to the list of 
key operational records and update the guidelines in Appendix A to 
clarify that FICUs should permanently retain one copy of each Credit 
Union Profile report quarterly. FICUs are not required to submit any 
information to NCUA under the records preservation program, but may 
incur a cost for storage of information. NCUA estimates the cost of 
storage is $10--$25 per credit union. The burden associated with this 
information collection is summarized as follows:

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                                          Current             Estimate                     Difference
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Respondents...........................        8,420  7,888....................  -532
Time for recordkeeping (hours)........            2  1-2......................  -1
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    Total annual burden (hours).......       16,930  7,888-15,776.............  -9,042--1,154
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    Total annual cost ($).............       84,200  78,880-197,200...........  113,000
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    The change in burden is due to a change in the number of FICUs and 
the cost of storing vital and key operating records. The annual cost 
will vary per institution based on the cost to store these records 
electronically or hard-copy. NCUA estimates the majority of credit 
unions will store these records electronically and there will be no 
additional burden on credit unions.

Executive Order 13132

    Executive Order 13132 encourages independent regulatory agencies to 
consider the impact of their actions on state and local interests. In 
adherence to fundamental federalism principles, NCUA, an independent 
regulatory agency as defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5), voluntarily complies 
with the executive order. The proposed rule would not have a 
substantial direct effect on the states, on the connection between the 
national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government. NCUA has 
determined this proposed rule does not constitute a policy that has 
federalism implications for purposes of the executive order.

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The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999--
Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families

    NCUA has determined that this proposed rule would not affect family 
well-being within the meaning of section 654 of the Treasury and 
General Government Appropriations Act, 1999, Public Law 105-277, 112 
Stat. 2681 (1998).

Agency Regulatory Goal

    NCUA's goal is to promulgate clear and understandable regulations 
that impose minimal regulatory burden. We request your comments on 
whether the proposed amendment is understandable and minimally 
intrusive, if implemented as proposed.

List of Subjects

12 CFR Part 741

    Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Share 
insurance.

12 CFR Part 748

    Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security 
measures.

12 CFR Part 749

    Archives and records, Credit unions, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    By the National Credit Union Administration Board, on March 19, 
2009.
Mary F. Rupp,
Secretary of the Board.

    For the reasons stated above, NCUA proposes to amend 12 CFR parts 
741, 748, and 749 as follows:

PART 741--REQUIREMENTS FOR INSURANCE

    1. The authority for part 741 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1757, 1766(a), 1781-1790, and 1790d; 31 
U.S.C. 3717.

    2. Amend Sec.  741.6 by removing paragraph (d) and revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  741.6  Financial and statistical and other reports.

    (a) Upon written notice from the Board, Regional Director, or 
Director of the Office of Corporate Credit Unions, insured credit 
unions must file financial and other reports in accordance with the 
instructions in the notice. Credit unions with the capacity to do so 
must use NCUA's information management system to submit their data 
online. If a credit union is unable to use the information system, it 
must file written reports in accordance with the instructions.
    (1) Credit Union Profile. Insured credit unions must submit to NCUA 
a Credit Union Profile, NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent, within 10 
days after an election or appointment of senior management or volunteer 
officials or within 30 days of any change of the information in the 
profile.
    (2) Financial and statistical report. Natural person credit unions 
must file a Call Report with NCUA quarterly in accordance with the 
instructions in the NCUA Form 5300. Corporate credit unions must file a 
Corporate Credit Union Call Report with NCUA monthly in accordance with 
the instructions in the NCUA Form 5310. Credit unions must submit a 
corrected Call Report upon notification or the discovery of a need for 
correction.
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PART 748--SECURITY PROGRAM, REPORT OF SUSPECTED CRIMES, SUSPICIOUS 
TRANSACTIONS, CATASTROPHIC ACTS AND BANK SECRECY ACT COMPLIANCE

    3. The authority for part 748 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1766(a), 1786(q); 15 U.S.C. 6801 and 
6805(b); 31 U.S.C. 5311 and 5318.

    4. Amend Sec.  748.1 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  748.1  Filing of reports.

    (a) The president or managing official of each federally-insured 
credit union must certify compliance with the requirements of this Part 
in its Credit Union Profile annually. Credit unions that cannot update 
their profile online must certify compliance in writing in accordance 
with the instructions on NCUA Form 4501 or its equivalent. The credit 
union president or managing official must sign and date the written 
certification.
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PART 749--RECORDS PRESERVATION PROGRAM AND APENDICES--RECORD 
RETENTION GUIDELINES; CATASTROPHIC ACT PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES

    5. The authority for part 749 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1766, 1783, and 1789; 15 U.S.C. 7001(d).

Appendix A to Part 749 [Amended]

    6. Amend Appendix A to Part 749 by revising paragraph E.2.(b) to 
read as follows:

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    E. * * *
    2. * * *
    (b) One copy of each financial report, NCUA Form 5300 or 5310, 
or their equivalent, and the Credit Union Profile report, NCUA Form 
4501, or its equivalent as submitted to NCUA at the end of each 
quarter.
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[FR Doc. E9-6727 Filed 3-25-09; 8:45 am]
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