Truth in Savings, 36102-36106 [E9-17313]

Download as PDF 36102 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Rules and Regulations By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, July 15, 2009. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E9–17195 Filed 7–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Part 707 RIN 3133–AD57 Truth in Savings AGENCY: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: NCUA is amending its Truth in Savings rule and official staff interpretation to remove the provisions regarding the electronic delivery of disclosures. The official staff interpretations are amended to include guidance on electronic disclosures. Additionally, NCUA is amending the rule to require all credit unions to disclose aggregate overdraft fees on periodic statements regardless of whether they promote the payment of overdrafts. The final rule also addresses account balance disclosures provided to members through automated systems. DATES: This rule is effective January 1, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Moisette Green, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314–3428, or telephone: (703) 518–6540. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES I. Background The Truth in Savings Act (TISA) requires NCUA to promulgate regulations substantially similar to those promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). 12 U.S.C. 4311(b). In doing so, NCUA is to take into account the unique nature of credit unions and the limitations under which they pay dividends on member accounts. In March 2009, NCUA proposed amendments to its TISA rule to align it with recent changes the Federal Reserve Board made to Regulation DD. See 74 FR 13129 (March 26, 2009). As required by the Truth in Savings Act (TISA), NCUA proposed to amend its TISA rule and official staff interpretation to align it with the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation DD. Specifically, the proposed rule contained the provisions and guidance on the electronic delivery of disclosures. VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:20 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 Additionally, NCUA proposed to amend the rule and the official staff commentary to require all credit unions to disclose aggregate overdraft fees on periodic statements. The proposed rule also addressed balance disclosures credit unions provide to members through automated systems. II. Comments and the Final Rule NCUA is adopting the rule as it was proposed with minor changes. Specifically, the final rule amends § 707.1 to include the Office of Management and Budget approval number for the information collections in the rule and includes a minor technical correction to the sample form in Appendix B–12 for formatting purposes. NCUA received comments from two credit unions and two trade associations. One credit union supported the proposal to withdraw the provisions regulating electronic delivery of disclosures under TISA and to permit electronic disclosures in accordance with the E–Sign Act, but opposed the proposed amendments that would require all credit unions to disclose the aggregate periodic and year-to-date fees charged to a member account for overdraft services. The credit union commented the amendment would be burdensome and act as a disincentive to credit unions that do not advertise or market overdraft programs to their members. NCUA must issue TISA rules that are substantially similar to Regulation DD, 12 CFR Part 230, unless the unique nature of credit unions and their payment of dividends call for different regulations. See 12 U.S.C. 4311(b). The Board concludes the nature of credit unions and the payment of dividends do not give it reason to issue regulations regarding overdraft fees and the electronic delivery of disclosures that differ from Regulation DD. The second credit union commenter requested a final rule become effective no earlier than January 1, 2010, to give credit unions sufficient time to make the necessary operational changes and educate members. The Board is aware that credit unions have anticipated amendments to Part 707 since the Federal Reserve Board issued amendments to Regulation DD in December 2008. Therefore, the Board is issuing this final rule with an effective date of January 1, 2010. One trade association supported the proposed amendments regarding electronic disclosures, but had concerns with the provisions involving disclosure of overdraft fees. It does not believe the benefit of the rule would outweigh the burden. To mitigate the burden, the PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 trade association suggested permitting members to request the aggregate overdraft fee disclosures instead of requiring credit unions to provide them to all members. Additionally, it encouraged NCUA to differentiate between overdraft fees resulting from credit unions paying funds to cover an overdraft as a courtesy and fees that result from a credit union’s contractual obligation to pay a transaction, such as under an agreement with VISA or MasterCard. The trade association believes credit unions should be required to disclose the fees resulting from a courtesy payment, but not the fees that stem from a contractual obligation. Another trade association supported the provisions that would exclude funds in an overdraft program from a member’s available balance disclosed in response to a balance inquiry on an automated system and that address electronic disclosures, but questioned the need for the amendments to the overdraft fee disclosures. The final rule requires all credit unions to disclose periodic and aggregate year-to-date overdraft fees on periodic statements, regardless of whether they advertise or promote member use of overdraft services. Under the current TISA regulation, credit unions that provide periodic statements must disclose fees or charges imposed on a member account during the statement period. 12 CFR 707.6(a)(3). Further, credit unions that promote the payment of overdrafts in an advertisement must also disclose the aggregate totals for overdraft fees and returned item fees for both the statement period and calendar year-to-date. 12 CFR 707.11(a). The rule eliminates the distinction between credit unions that promote overdraft services and those that do not, and requires all credit unions offering overdraft services to disclose the fees imposed for the payment of overdrafts for each statement period and the year-to-date aggregate. The amendment also eliminates the confusion surrounding the distinction between marketing and educational materials for purposes of determining when to disclose the yearto-date fees. Additionally, credit unions are not required to offer overdraft services and may restrict the payment of overdrafts on debit card or point-of-sale transactions. Credit unions generally impose a fee for overdraft services regardless of whether the payment of an overdraft is a courtesy or results from a contractual obligation. To inform members about the fees charged for using discretionary overdraft services E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Rules and Regulations and to help them better understand the costs associated with their accounts, the rule requires all credit unions to disclose the aggregate fee information for the statement period and calendar year-to-date. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES III. 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 small entities. Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 03–2, 68 FR 31949 (May 29, 2003). As of March 31, 2009, out of 7,749 federally insured credit unions, 3,335 had less than $10 million in assets. NCUA prepared a regulatory flexibility analysis as a part of the proposed rule issued in March 2009. 74 FR 13129, 13135 (March 26, 2009). The Board received no comments addressing how the rule would affect small credit unions. This final rule aligns NCUA’s regulation with the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation DD, as required under TISA. TISA was enacted, in part, for the purpose of requiring clear and uniform disclosures regarding deposit account terms and fees assessable against these accounts. Such disclosures allow consumers to make meaningful comparisons between different financial institutions and also allow consumers to make informed judgments about the use of their accounts. 12 U.S.C. 4301. TISA requires the Board to prescribe regulations to carry out the purpose and provisions of the statute. 12 U.S.C. 4308(a)(1), 4311(b). The Board is adopting revisions to part 707 to address the uniformity and adequacy of credit unions’ disclosure of fees associated with overdraft services. Additionally, the rule eliminates the regulatory burden associated with credit unions providing disclosures to their members through electronic means. Credit unions must consider other laws when administering an overdraft protection program. Although other laws and regulations may apply to a credit union’s payment of overdrafts, the final revisions to part 707 do not duplicate or conflict with the requirements imposed by these laws. The Board has also considered the interagency guidance on overdraft protection programs issued in February 2005 and has determined that issuance of the final revisions to part 707 is VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:20 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 36103 consistent with the interagency guidance. 70 FR 9127 (February 24, 2005). This final rule directly affects all credit unions that offer overdraft services or provide electronic disclosures. While NCUA does know how many credit unions provide electronic disclosures, it estimates 2,782 credit unions offer overdraft services other than a traditional line of credit, and 226 of them are small credit unions. Therefore, NCUA has determined this final rule will not have an impact on a substantial number of small entities. Additionally, NCUA has determined the economic impact on small credit unions affected by the final rule will not be significant. NCUA expects the rule will increase the paperwork burden for disclosing overdraft fees and eliminate the burden for electronic delivery of disclosures. Therefore, the economic impact, if any, will be minimal. A majority of credit unions use software vendors to provide the disclosures required under TISA and the implementing regulations. The vendors routinely provide updates to software and other products to credit unions to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements under the terms of the service contract. NCUA expects credit unions employing a third party vendor to provide TISA disclosures will incur minimal additional costs, if any. Accordingly, the Board certifies this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. triggered in instances where NCUA issues a final rule as defined by Section 551 of the Administrative Procedures Act. 5 U.S.C. 551. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office within OMB, is reviewing this final rule for purposes of SBREFA, and a determination is pending. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., the Board has submitted the information collection requirements contained in this final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The NCUA may not conduct or sponsor, and an organization is not required to respond to, this information collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The current OMB control number for the Truth in Savings program is 3133–0134. This information collection has been revised to include the requirements of this final rule. The proposed rule contained a discussion of the revised information collection. 74 FR 13129, 13136 (March 26, 2009). OMB approval is pending. By the National Credit Union Administration Board on July 16, 2009. Mary F. Rupp, Secretary of the Board. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) of 1996, Public Law 104–121, provides generally for congressional review of agency rules. A reporting requirement is PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 final rule will not have 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 final rule does not constitute a policy that has federalism implications for purposes of the executive order. The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999—Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families NCUA has determined that this final rule will 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). List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 707 Advertising, Credit unions, Consumer protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Truth in Savings. ■ For the reasons set forth in the preamble, NCUA amends 12 CFR Part 707 and the Official Staff Commentary as set forth below: PART 707—TRUTH IN SAVINGS 1. The authority citation for part 707 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4311. 2. Section 707.1 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 707.1 Authority, purpose, coverage, and effect on state laws. (a) Authority. This regulation is issued by the National Credit Union Administration to implement the Truth in Savings Act of 1991 (TISA), E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1 36104 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Except as provided in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section, if a member or potential member is not present at the credit union when the account is opened or the service is provided and has not already received the disclosures, the credit union must mail or deliver the disclosures no later than 10 business days after the account is opened or the service is provided, whichever is earlier. (ii) Timing of electronic disclosures. If a member or potential member who is not present at the credit union uses electronic means, for example, an internet Web site, to open an account or § 707.3 General disclosure requirements. request a service, the disclosures (a) Form. Credit unions must make the required under paragraph (a)(1) of this disclosures required by §§ 707.4 through section must be provided before the 707.6 of this part, as applicable, clearly account is opened or the service is and conspicuously, in writing, and in a provided. form the member or potential member (2) Requests. (i) A credit union must may keep. Credit unions may provide provide account disclosures to a the disclosures required by this part to member or potential member upon a member or potential member in request. If a member or potential electronic form, subject to compliance member who is not present at the credit with the consent and other applicable union makes a request, the credit union provisions of the Electronic Signatures must mail or deliver the disclosures in Global and National Commerce Act within a reasonable time after it receives (E–Sign Act), 15 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. the request and may provide the Credit unions may provide the disclosures in paper form or disclosures required by §§ 707.4(a)(2) electronically if the member or potential and 707.8 to a member or potential member agrees. member in electronic form without * * * * regard to the consent or other provisions * of the E–Sign Act in the circumstances § 707.10 [Reserved] set forth in those sections. Disclosures ■ 5. Section 707.10 is removed and for each account offered by a credit reserved. union may be presented separately or combined with disclosures for the credit ■ 6. Section 707.11 is amended by union’s other accounts, as long as it is revising the heading, paragraphs (a), clear which disclosures are applicable (b)(2)(x) and (b)(2)(xi), and adding to the member or potential member’s paragraphs (b)(2)(xii) and (c) to read as account. follows: * * * * * § 707.11 Additional disclosure ■ 4. Section 707.4 is amended by requirements for overdraft services. revising paragraph (a)(1) and (a)(2)(i), to (a) Disclosure of total fees on periodic read as follows: statements. (1) General. A credit union must separately disclose on each § 707.4 Account disclosures. periodic statement, as applicable: (a) Delivery of account disclosures— (i) The total dollar amount for all fees (1) Account opening. (i) General. A or charges imposed on the account for credit union must provide account paying checks or other items when there disclosures to a member or potential are insufficient or unavailable funds and member before an account is opened or the account becomes overdrawn; and a service is provided, whichever is (ii) The total dollar amount for all fees earlier. A credit union is deemed to or charges imposed on the account for have provided a service when a fee returning items unpaid. required to be disclosed is assessed. contained in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991, 12 U.S.C. 3201 et seq., Pub. L. 102–242, 105 Stat. 2236. Information collection requirements in this regulation have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under the provisions of 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. and have been assigned OMB No. 3133– 0134. * * * * * ■ 3. Section 707.3 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and removing paragraph (g) to read as follows: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES B–12 (2) Totals required. The disclosures required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section must be provided for the statement period and for the calendar year-to-date. (3) Format requirements. The aggregate fee disclosures required by paragraph (a) of this section must be disclosed in close proximity to fees identified under § 707.6(a)(3), using a format substantially similar to Sample Form B–10 in appendix B. (b) * * * (2) * * * (x) a notice provided to a member, such as at an ATM, that completing a requested transaction may trigger a fee for overdrawing an account, or a general notice that items overdrawing an account may trigger a fee; (xi) informational or educational materials concerning the payment of overdrafts if the materials do not specifically describe the credit union’s overdraft service; or (xii) an opt-out or opt-in notice regarding the credit union’s payment of overdrafts or provision of discretionary overdraft services. * * * * * (c) Disclosure of account balances. If a credit union discloses balance information to a member through an automated system, the balance may not include additional amounts that the credit union may provide to cover an item when there are insufficient or unavailable funds in the member’s account, whether under a service provided in its discretion, a service subject to part 226 of this title (Regulation Z), or a service to transfer funds from another member account. The credit union may, at its option, disclose additional account balances that include such additional amounts, if the credit union prominently states that any such balance includes such additional amounts and, if applicable, that additional amounts are not available for all transactions. ■ 7. Amend Appendix B to part 707, by adding B–12 to read as follows: Appendix B to Part 707—Model Clauses and Sample Forms * * * * * AGGREGATE OVERDRAFT AND RETURNED ITEM FEES SAMPLE FORM Total for this period Total Overdraft Fees ............................................................................................................................................ Total Returned Item Fees .................................................................................................................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:20 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1 $60.00 0.00 Total year-to-date $150.00 30.00 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 11. Additional disclosures in connection with the payment of overdrafts. The rule in § 707.3(a), providing that disclosures required by § 707.8 may be provided to the member in electronic form without regard to E–Sign Act requirements, applies to the disclosures described in § 707.11(b), which are incorporated by reference in § 707.8(f). 4. Waived fees. In some cases, a credit union may provide a statement for the current period reflecting that fees imposed during a previous period were waived and credited to the account. Credit unions may, but are not required to, reflect the adjustment in the total for the calendar year-to-date and in the applicable statement period. For example, if a credit union assesses a fee in January and refunds the fee in February, the credit union could disclose a year-to-date total reflecting the amount credited, but it should not affect the total disclosed for the 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. * * 8. In Appendix C to Part 707, the following amendments are made: ■ a. In Section 707.4—Account disclosures, under (a)(2)(i), paragraphs 3. and 4. are revised. ■ b. In Section 707.8—Advertising, under (a) Misleading or inaccurate advertisements, paragraph 9. is revised and new paragraph 11. is added. ■ c. In Section 707.8—Advertising, under (b) Permissible rates, paragraph 4. is removed. ■ d. In Section 707.8—Advertising, under (e)(1)(i), paragraph 1. is revised. ■ e. Section 707.10—Electronic Communication is removed and reserved. ■ f. In Sections 707.11, revise the section heading and the headings for paragraphs (a) and (a)(1) and remove (a)(1)–2g. In Section 707.11, paragraphs (a)(1)–3. through (a)(1)–8. are redesignated as paragraphs (a)(1)–1. through (a)(1)–6, respectively. ■ h. In Section 707.11, new paragraphs (a)(1)–2. through (a)(1)–4 are revised. ■ i. In Section 707.11, paragraph (a)(3)– 1. is revised. ■ j. In Section 707.11, paragraph (a)(5)– 1. is removed. ■ k. In Section 707.11, new paragraphs (c)–1. through (c)–3. are added. The amendments read as follows: Section 707.8—Advertising Appendix C to Part 707—Official Staff Interpretations (a) Disclosure of total fees on periodic statements * (a)(1) General ■ * * * * (a) Delivery of Account Disclosures * * * * * * * (a)(2) Requests (a)(2)(i) jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES * * * 3. Timing for response. Ten business days is a reasonable time for responding to requests for account information that members or potential members do not make in person, including requests made by electronic means, such as by electronic mail. 4. Use of electronic means. If a member or potential member who is not present at the credit union makes a request for account disclosures, including a request made by telephone, e-mail, or via the credit union’s Web site, the credit union may send the disclosures in paper form or, if the member or potential member agrees, may provide the disclosures electronically, such as to an email address that the member or potential member provides for that purpose, or on the credit union’s Web site, without regard to the consent or other provisions of the E–Sign Act. The regulation does not require a credit union to provide, nor a member or potential member to agree to receive, the disclosures required by § 707.4(a)(2) in electronic form. * * * VerDate Nov<24>2008 * * 18:20 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 (a) Misleading or Inaccurate Advertisements * * * * * 9. Electronic advertising. If an electronic advertisement, such as an advertisement appearing on an internet Web site, displays a triggering term, such as a bonus or annual percentage yield, the advertisement must clearly refer the member to the location where the additional required information begins. For example, an advertisement that includes a bonus or annual percentage yield may be accompanied by a link that directly takes the member to the additional information. * * * * * * * * * (e) Exemption for Certain Advertisements (e)(1) Certain Media (e)(1)(i) 1. Internet advertisements. The exemption for advertisements made through broadcast or electronic media does not extend to advertisements posted on the internet or sent by e-mail. * * * * * Section 707.11 Additional disclosures regarding the payment of overdrafts * Section 707.4—Account Disclosures 36105 * * * * 2. Fees for paying overdrafts. Credit unions must disclose on periodic statements a total dollar amount for all fees or charges imposed on the account for paying overdrafts. The credit union must disclose separate totals for the statement period and for the calendar year-to-date. The total dollar amount includes per-item fees as well as interest charges, daily or other periodic fees, or fees charged for maintaining an account in overdraft status, whether the overdraft is by check or by other means. It also includes fees charged when there are insufficient funds because previously deposited funds are subject to a hold or are uncollected. It does not include fees for transferring funds from another member account to avoid an overdraft, or fees charged under a service subject to part 226 of this title (Regulation Z). 3. Fees for returning items unpaid. The total dollar amount for all fees for returning items unpaid must include all fees charged to the account for dishonoring or returning checks or other items drawn on the account. The credit union must disclose separate totals for the statement period and for the calendar year-to-date. Fees imposed when deposited items are returned are not included. Credit unions may use terminology such as ‘‘returned item fee’’ or ‘‘NSF fee’’ to describe fees for returning items unpaid. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * * * (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 E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1 36106 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 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.’’ 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. * * * * * [FR Doc. E9–17313 Filed 7–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7535–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 13 CFR Parts 115 and 121 RIN 3245–AF94 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Surety Bond Guarantees; Size Standards jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comments. SUMMARY: This interim final rule implements provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that pertain to the Surety Bond Guaranty (SBG) Program. Until September 30, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is authorized to guarantee bonds on Contracts of up to $5,000,000 (or up to VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:20 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 $10 million based upon the certification of a Federal contracting officer). SBA is further authorized, until September 30, 2010, to partially deny liability under its bond guarantee, but cannot deny liability in whole or even in part on the basis of material facts disclosed to SBA in a guarantee application submitted under the Prior Approval Program. In addition to implementing these authorities, this rule also revises the size standard for participation in the SBG Program, and makes several changes primarily for clarification purposes. DATES: This rule is effective July 22, 2009. Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before August 21, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN: 3245–AF94, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Surety Guarantees, Suite 8600, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Surety Guarantees, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416. SBA will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. If you wish to submit confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the User Notice at http://www.regulations.gov, please submit the information to Office of Surety Guarantees, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416 or send an email to Office of Surety Guarantees. Highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe SBA should hold this information as confidential. SBA will review the information and make the final determination whether it will publish the information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara J. Brannan, Office of Surety Guarantees, 202–205–6545. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Information. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111–5, was enacted on February 17, 2009 to, among other things, promote economic activity by preserving and creating jobs and assisting those most impacted by the severe economic conditions facing the nation. The U.S. Small Business Administration is one of several agencies that will play a role in achieving these goals. As part of its recovery efforts, SBA will make several changes to the Agency’s SBG program, which will provide an enhanced level of benefits to the small business PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 contractors and Surety companies that participate in the program. Under the SBG program SBA guarantees bid, payment and performance bonds for small contractors who cannot obtain bonds through regular commercial channels. SBA’s guarantee gives Surety Companies an incentive to provide bonding for small businesses, and thereby assists small businesses in gaining greater access to contracting opportunities. The various modifications to the SBG program as a result of the Recovery Act are temporary in nature and will expire on September 30, 2010. These modifications include an increase in the amount of the Contract or Order for which SBA is authorized to guarantee bonds; and revised standards for denial of liability on claims, and determining whether the small business contractor qualifies for a Recovery Act guaranteed bond. This interim final rule implements these changes and others as described in the following section-bysection analysis. II. Section-by-Section Analysis A new defined term, ‘‘Applicable Statutory Limit’’, has been added to § 115.10. Currently, §§ 115.12(e)(1) and (3), 115.19(a), 115.31(d) and 115.68 all state that ‘‘$2,000,000’’ is the maximum dollar amount of a Contract for which SBA is authorized to guarantee bonds. Substitution of ‘‘Applicable Statutory Limit’’ for ‘‘$2,000,000’’ in each of these provisions will make future amendments unnecessary each time the statutory limit is revised. The definition of ‘‘Applicable Statutory Limit’’ also makes it clear that for any particular bond the Applicable Statutory Limit is the statutory limit in effect at the time a Prior Approval Surety’s request for a bond guarantee is approved by SBA or a Preferred Surety executes a bond, without regard to any subsequent changes in that limit. However, if SBA guaranteed a Bid Bond, the Applicable Statutory Limit for the related Final Bonds, including Ancillary Bonds, is the one in effect when SBA guaranteed the Bid Bond. The Recovery Act temporarily raises the Applicable Statutory Limit from $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 and further authorizes SBA to guarantee bonds on Federal Contracts in excess of $5,000,000 (up to $10,000,000) if a Federal contracting officer certifies the need for the guarantee; but SBA’s authority to guarantee bonds on any Contract in excess of $2,000,000 is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010. Restrictions on bond guarantees for Contracts in excess of $2,000,000 are E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 139 (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 36102-36106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-17313]


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NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION

12 CFR Part 707

RIN 3133-AD57


Truth in Savings

AGENCY: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: NCUA is amending its Truth in Savings rule and official staff 
interpretation to remove the provisions regarding the electronic 
delivery of disclosures. The official staff interpretations are amended 
to include guidance on electronic disclosures. Additionally, NCUA is 
amending the rule to require all credit unions to disclose aggregate 
overdraft fees on periodic statements regardless of whether they 
promote the payment of overdrafts. The final rule also addresses 
account balance disclosures provided to members through automated 
systems.

DATES: This rule is effective January 1, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Moisette Green, Staff Attorney, Office 
of General Counsel, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke 
Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3428, or telephone: (703) 518-6540.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Truth in Savings Act (TISA) requires NCUA to promulgate 
regulations substantially similar to those promulgated by the Federal 
Reserve Board (FRB). 12 U.S.C. 4311(b). In doing so, NCUA is to take 
into account the unique nature of credit unions and the limitations 
under which they pay dividends on member accounts. In March 2009, NCUA 
proposed amendments to its TISA rule to align it with recent changes 
the Federal Reserve Board made to Regulation DD. See 74 FR 13129 (March 
26, 2009).
    As required by the Truth in Savings Act (TISA), NCUA proposed to 
amend its TISA rule and official staff interpretation to align it with 
the Federal Reserve Board's Regulation DD. Specifically, the proposed 
rule contained the provisions and guidance on the electronic delivery 
of disclosures. Additionally, NCUA proposed to amend the rule and the 
official staff commentary to require all credit unions to disclose 
aggregate overdraft fees on periodic statements. The proposed rule also 
addressed balance disclosures credit unions provide to members through 
automated systems.

II. Comments and the Final Rule

    NCUA is adopting the rule as it was proposed with minor changes. 
Specifically, the final rule amends Sec.  707.1 to include the Office 
of Management and Budget approval number for the information 
collections in the rule and includes a minor technical correction to 
the sample form in Appendix B-12 for formatting purposes.
    NCUA received comments from two credit unions and two trade 
associations. One credit union supported the proposal to withdraw the 
provisions regulating electronic delivery of disclosures under TISA and 
to permit electronic disclosures in accordance with the E-Sign Act, but 
opposed the proposed amendments that would require all credit unions to 
disclose the aggregate periodic and year-to-date fees charged to a 
member account for overdraft services. The credit union commented the 
amendment would be burdensome and act as a disincentive to credit 
unions that do not advertise or market overdraft programs to their 
members. NCUA must issue TISA rules that are substantially similar to 
Regulation DD, 12 CFR Part 230, unless the unique nature of credit 
unions and their payment of dividends call for different regulations. 
See 12 U.S.C. 4311(b). The Board concludes the nature of credit unions 
and the payment of dividends do not give it reason to issue regulations 
regarding overdraft fees and the electronic delivery of disclosures 
that differ from Regulation DD.
    The second credit union commenter requested a final rule become 
effective no earlier than January 1, 2010, to give credit unions 
sufficient time to make the necessary operational changes and educate 
members. The Board is aware that credit unions have anticipated 
amendments to Part 707 since the Federal Reserve Board issued 
amendments to Regulation DD in December 2008. Therefore, the Board is 
issuing this final rule with an effective date of January 1, 2010.
    One trade association supported the proposed amendments regarding 
electronic disclosures, but had concerns with the provisions involving 
disclosure of overdraft fees. It does not believe the benefit of the 
rule would outweigh the burden. To mitigate the burden, the trade 
association suggested permitting members to request the aggregate 
overdraft fee disclosures instead of requiring credit unions to provide 
them to all members. Additionally, it encouraged NCUA to differentiate 
between overdraft fees resulting from credit unions paying funds to 
cover an overdraft as a courtesy and fees that result from a credit 
union's contractual obligation to pay a transaction, such as under an 
agreement with VISA or MasterCard. The trade association believes 
credit unions should be required to disclose the fees resulting from a 
courtesy payment, but not the fees that stem from a contractual 
obligation. Another trade association supported the provisions that 
would exclude funds in an overdraft program from a member's available 
balance disclosed in response to a balance inquiry on an automated 
system and that address electronic disclosures, but questioned the need 
for the amendments to the overdraft fee disclosures.
    The final rule requires all credit unions to disclose periodic and 
aggregate year-to-date overdraft fees on periodic statements, 
regardless of whether they advertise or promote member use of overdraft 
services. Under the current TISA regulation, credit unions that provide 
periodic statements must disclose fees or charges imposed on a member 
account during the statement period. 12 CFR 707.6(a)(3). Further, 
credit unions that promote the payment of overdrafts in an 
advertisement must also disclose the aggregate totals for overdraft 
fees and returned item fees for both the statement period and calendar 
year-to-date. 12 CFR 707.11(a). The rule eliminates the distinction 
between credit unions that promote overdraft services and those that do 
not, and requires all credit unions offering overdraft services to 
disclose the fees imposed for the payment of overdrafts for each 
statement period and the year-to-date aggregate. The amendment also 
eliminates the confusion surrounding the distinction between marketing 
and educational materials for purposes of determining when to disclose 
the year-to-date fees.
    Additionally, credit unions are not required to offer overdraft 
services and may restrict the payment of overdrafts on debit card or 
point-of-sale transactions. Credit unions generally impose a fee for 
overdraft services regardless of whether the payment of an overdraft is 
a courtesy or results from a contractual obligation. To inform members 
about the fees charged for using discretionary overdraft services

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and to help them better understand the costs associated with their 
accounts, the rule requires all credit unions to disclose the aggregate 
fee information for the statement period and calendar year-to-date.

III. 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 small entities. Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 03-
2, 68 FR 31949 (May 29, 2003). As of March 31, 2009, out of 7,749 
federally insured credit unions, 3,335 had less than $10 million in 
assets.
    NCUA prepared a regulatory flexibility analysis as a part of the 
proposed rule issued in March 2009. 74 FR 13129, 13135 (March 26, 
2009). The Board received no comments addressing how the rule would 
affect small credit unions.
    This final rule aligns NCUA's regulation with the Federal Reserve 
Board's Regulation DD, as required under TISA. TISA was enacted, in 
part, for the purpose of requiring clear and uniform disclosures 
regarding deposit account terms and fees assessable against these 
accounts. Such disclosures allow consumers to make meaningful 
comparisons between different financial institutions and also allow 
consumers to make informed judgments about the use of their accounts. 
12 U.S.C. 4301. TISA requires the Board to prescribe regulations to 
carry out the purpose and provisions of the statute. 12 U.S.C. 
4308(a)(1), 4311(b). The Board is adopting revisions to part 707 to 
address the uniformity and adequacy of credit unions' disclosure of 
fees associated with overdraft services. Additionally, the rule 
eliminates the regulatory burden associated with credit unions 
providing disclosures to their members through electronic means.
    Credit unions must consider other laws when administering an 
overdraft protection program. Although other laws and regulations may 
apply to a credit union's payment of overdrafts, the final revisions to 
part 707 do not duplicate or conflict with the requirements imposed by 
these laws. The Board has also considered the interagency guidance on 
overdraft protection programs issued in February 2005 and has 
determined that issuance of the final revisions to part 707 is 
consistent with the interagency guidance. 70 FR 9127 (February 24, 
2005).
    This final rule directly affects all credit unions that offer 
overdraft services or provide electronic disclosures. While NCUA does 
know how many credit unions provide electronic disclosures, it 
estimates 2,782 credit unions offer overdraft services other than a 
traditional line of credit, and 226 of them are small credit unions. 
Therefore, NCUA has determined this final rule will not have an impact 
on a substantial number of small entities.
    Additionally, NCUA has determined the economic impact on small 
credit unions affected by the final rule will not be significant. NCUA 
expects the rule will increase the paperwork burden for disclosing 
overdraft fees and eliminate the burden for electronic delivery of 
disclosures. Therefore, the economic impact, if any, will be minimal. A 
majority of credit unions use software vendors to provide the 
disclosures required under TISA and the implementing regulations. The 
vendors routinely provide updates to software and other products to 
credit unions to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements under 
the terms of the service contract. NCUA expects credit unions employing 
a third party vendor to provide TISA disclosures will incur minimal 
additional costs, if any. Accordingly, the Board certifies this rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq., the Board has submitted the information collection 
requirements contained in this final rule to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB). The NCUA may not conduct or sponsor, and an 
organization is not required to respond to, this information collection 
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The current 
OMB control number for the Truth in Savings program is 3133-0134. This 
information collection has been revised to include the requirements of 
this final rule. The proposed rule contained a discussion of the 
revised information collection. 74 FR 13129, 13136 (March 26, 2009). 
OMB approval is pending.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) of 
1996, Public Law 104-121, provides generally for congressional review 
of agency rules. A reporting requirement is triggered in instances 
where NCUA issues a final rule as defined by Section 551 of the 
Administrative Procedures Act. 5 U.S.C. 551. The Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, an office within OMB, is reviewing this final 
rule for purposes of SBREFA, and a determination is pending.

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 final rule will not have 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 final rule does not constitute a policy that has 
federalism implications for purposes of the executive order.

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

    NCUA has determined that this final rule will 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).

    By the National Credit Union Administration Board on July 16, 
2009.
Mary F. Rupp,
Secretary of the Board.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 707

    Advertising, Credit unions, Consumer protection, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Truth in Savings.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, NCUA amends 12 CFR Part 707 
and the Official Staff Commentary as set forth below:

PART 707--TRUTH IN SAVINGS

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1. The authority citation for part 707 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4311.


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2. Section 707.1 is amended by revising paragraph (a) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  707.1  Authority, purpose, coverage, and effect on state laws.

    (a) Authority. This regulation is issued by the National Credit 
Union Administration to implement the Truth in Savings Act of 1991 
(TISA),

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contained in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act 
of 1991, 12 U.S.C. 3201 et seq., Pub. L. 102-242, 105 Stat. 2236. 
Information collection requirements in this regulation have been 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget under the provisions of 
44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. and have been assigned OMB No. 3133-0134.
* * * * *

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3. Section 707.3 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and removing 
paragraph (g) to read as follows:


Sec.  707.3  General disclosure requirements.

    (a) Form. Credit unions must make the disclosures required by 
Sec. Sec.  707.4 through 707.6 of this part, as applicable, clearly and 
conspicuously, in writing, and in a form the member or potential member 
may keep. Credit unions may provide the disclosures required by this 
part to a member or potential member in electronic form, subject to 
compliance with the consent and other applicable provisions of the 
Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign Act), 
15 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. Credit unions may provide the disclosures 
required by Sec. Sec.  707.4(a)(2) and 707.8 to a member or potential 
member in electronic form without regard to the consent or other 
provisions of the E-Sign Act in the circumstances set forth in those 
sections. Disclosures for each account offered by a credit union may be 
presented separately or combined with disclosures for the credit 
union's other accounts, as long as it is clear which disclosures are 
applicable to the member or potential member's account.
* * * * *

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4. Section 707.4 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(1) and (a)(2)(i), 
to read as follows:


Sec.  707.4  Account disclosures.

    (a) Delivery of account disclosures--(1) Account opening. (i) 
General. A credit union must provide account disclosures to a member or 
potential member before an account is opened or a service is provided, 
whichever is earlier. A credit union is deemed to have provided a 
service when a fee required to be disclosed is assessed. Except as 
provided in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section, if a member or 
potential member is not present at the credit union when the account is 
opened or the service is provided and has not already received the 
disclosures, the credit union must mail or deliver the disclosures no 
later than 10 business days after the account is opened or the service 
is provided, whichever is earlier.
    (ii) Timing of electronic disclosures. If a member or potential 
member who is not present at the credit union uses electronic means, 
for example, an internet Web site, to open an account or request a 
service, the disclosures required under paragraph (a)(1) of this 
section must be provided before the account is opened or the service is 
provided.
    (2) Requests. (i) A credit union must provide account disclosures 
to a member or potential member upon request. If a member or potential 
member who is not present at the credit union makes a request, the 
credit union must mail or deliver the disclosures within a reasonable 
time after it receives the request and may provide the disclosures in 
paper form or electronically if the member or potential member agrees.
* * * * *


Sec.  707.10  [Reserved]

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5. Section 707.10 is removed and reserved.

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6. Section 707.11 is amended by revising the heading, paragraphs (a), 
(b)(2)(x) and (b)(2)(xi), and adding paragraphs (b)(2)(xii) and (c) to 
read as follows:


Sec.  707.11  Additional disclosure requirements for overdraft 
services.

    (a) Disclosure of total fees on periodic statements. (1) General. A 
credit union must separately disclose on each periodic statement, as 
applicable:
    (i) The total dollar amount for all fees or charges imposed on the 
account for paying checks or other items when there are insufficient or 
unavailable funds and the account becomes overdrawn; and
    (ii) The total dollar amount for all fees or charges imposed on the 
account for returning items unpaid.
    (2) Totals required. The disclosures required by paragraph (a)(1) 
of this section must be provided for the statement period and for the 
calendar year-to-date.
    (3) Format requirements. The aggregate fee disclosures required by 
paragraph (a) of this section must be disclosed in close proximity to 
fees identified under Sec.  707.6(a)(3), using a format substantially 
similar to Sample Form B-10 in appendix B.
    (b) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (x) a notice provided to a member, such as at an ATM, that 
completing a requested transaction may trigger a fee for overdrawing an 
account, or a general notice that items overdrawing an account may 
trigger a fee;
    (xi) informational or educational materials concerning the payment 
of overdrafts if the materials do not specifically describe the credit 
union's overdraft service; or
    (xii) an opt-out or opt-in notice regarding the credit union's 
payment of overdrafts or provision of discretionary overdraft services.
* * * * *
    (c) Disclosure of account balances. If a credit union discloses 
balance information to a member through an automated system, the 
balance may not include additional amounts that the credit union may 
provide to cover an item when there are insufficient or unavailable 
funds in the member's account, whether under a service provided in its 
discretion, a service subject to part 226 of this title (Regulation Z), 
or a service to transfer funds from another member account. The credit 
union may, at its option, disclose additional account balances that 
include such additional amounts, if the credit union prominently states 
that any such balance includes such additional amounts and, if 
applicable, that additional amounts are not available for all 
transactions.

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7. Amend Appendix B to part 707, by adding B-12 to read as follows:

Appendix B to Part 707--Model Clauses and Sample Forms

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                           B-12 Aggregate Overdraft and Returned Item Fees Sample Form
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                                                                                 Total for this   Total year-to-
                                                                                     period            date
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Total Overdraft Fees..........................................................           $60.00          $150.00
Total Returned Item Fees......................................................             0.00            30.00
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8. In Appendix C to Part 707, the following amendments are made:
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a. In Section 707.4--Account disclosures, under (a)(2)(i), paragraphs 
3. and 4. are revised.
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b. In Section 707.8--Advertising, under (a) Misleading or inaccurate 
advertisements, paragraph 9. is revised and new paragraph 11. is added.
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c. In Section 707.8--Advertising, under (b) Permissible rates, 
paragraph 4. is removed.
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d. In Section 707.8--Advertising, under (e)(1)(i), paragraph 1. is 
revised.
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e. Section 707.10--Electronic Communication is removed and reserved.
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f. In Sections 707.11, revise the section heading and the headings for 
paragraphs (a) and (a)(1) and remove (a)(1)-2g. In Section 707.11, 
paragraphs (a)(1)-3. through (a)(1)-8. are redesignated as paragraphs 
(a)(1)-1. through (a)(1)-6, respectively.
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h. In Section 707.11, new paragraphs (a)(1)-2. through (a)(1)-4 are 
revised.
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i. In Section 707.11, paragraph (a)(3)-1. is revised.
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j. In Section 707.11, paragraph (a)(5)-1. is removed.
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k. In Section 707.11, new paragraphs (c)-1. through (c)-3. are added.
    The amendments read as follows:


Appendix C to Part 707--Official Staff Interpretations

* * * * *

Section 707.4--Account Disclosures

(a) Delivery of Account Disclosures

* * * * *
    (a)(2) Requests
    (a)(2)(i)
* * * * *
    3. Timing for response. Ten business days is a reasonable time 
for responding to requests for account information that members or 
potential members do not make in person, including requests made by 
electronic means, such as by electronic mail.
    4. Use of electronic means. If a member or potential member who 
is not present at the credit union makes a request for account 
disclosures, including a request made by telephone, e-mail, or via 
the credit union's Web site, the credit union may send the 
disclosures in paper form or, if the member or potential member 
agrees, may provide the disclosures electronically, such as to an e-
mail address that the member or potential member provides for that 
purpose, or on the credit union's Web site, without regard to the 
consent or other provisions of the E-Sign Act. The regulation does 
not require a credit union to provide, nor a member or potential 
member to agree to receive, the disclosures required by Sec.  
707.4(a)(2) in electronic form.
* * * * *

Section 707.8--Advertising

(a) Misleading or Inaccurate Advertisements

* * * * *
    9. Electronic advertising. If an electronic advertisement, such 
as an advertisement appearing on an internet Web site, displays a 
triggering term, such as a bonus or annual percentage yield, the 
advertisement must clearly refer the member to the location where 
the additional required information begins. For example, an 
advertisement that includes a bonus or annual percentage yield may 
be accompanied by a link that directly takes the member to the 
additional information.
* * * * *
    11. Additional disclosures in connection with the payment of 
overdrafts. The rule in Sec.  707.3(a), providing that disclosures 
required by Sec.  707.8 may be provided to the member in electronic 
form without regard to E-Sign Act requirements, applies to the 
disclosures described in Sec.  707.11(b), which are incorporated by 
reference in Sec.  707.8(f).
* * * * *

(e) Exemption for Certain Advertisements

(e)(1) Certain Media

(e)(1)(i)

    1. Internet advertisements. The exemption for advertisements 
made through broadcast or electronic media does not extend to 
advertisements posted on the internet or sent by e-mail.
* * * * *

Section 707.11 Additional disclosures regarding the payment of 
overdrafts

(a) Disclosure of total fees on periodic statements

(a)(1) General

* * * * *
    2. Fees for paying overdrafts. Credit unions must disclose on 
periodic statements a total dollar amount for all fees or charges 
imposed on the account for paying overdrafts. The credit union must 
disclose separate totals for the statement period and for the 
calendar year-to-date. The total dollar amount includes per-item 
fees as well as interest charges, daily or other periodic fees, or 
fees charged for maintaining an account in overdraft status, whether 
the overdraft is by check or by other means. It also includes fees 
charged when there are insufficient funds because previously 
deposited funds are subject to a hold or are uncollected. It does 
not include fees for transferring funds from another member account 
to avoid an overdraft, or fees charged under a service subject to 
part 226 of this title (Regulation Z).
    3. Fees for returning items unpaid. The total dollar amount for 
all fees for returning items unpaid must include all fees charged to 
the account for dishonoring or returning checks or other items drawn 
on the account. The credit union must disclose separate totals for 
the statement period and for the calendar year-to-date. Fees imposed 
when deposited items are returned are not included. Credit unions 
may use terminology such as ``returned item fee'' or ``NSF fee'' to 
describe fees for returning items unpaid.
    4. Waived fees. In some cases, a credit union may provide a 
statement for the current period reflecting that fees imposed during 
a previous period were waived and credited to the account. Credit 
unions may, but are not required to, reflect the adjustment in the 
total for the calendar year-to-date and in the applicable statement 
period. For example, if a credit union assesses a fee in January and 
refunds the fee in February, the credit union could disclose a year-
to-date total reflecting the amount credited, but it should not 
affect the total disclosed for the 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 year-to-
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 Sec.  
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 Sec.  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 Sec.  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

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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.'' 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 
Sec.  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.
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