State Official Notification Rules, 45174-45177 [2011-19034]

Download as PDF 45174 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations essential to serve the interests of justice. Such appeals shall be made on the record and shall be in the form of a brief not to exceed fifteen (15) pages in length and shall be filed within five (5) days after notice of the complained of action. The appeal shall not operate to suspend the hearing unless otherwise determined by the Bureau investigator conducting the hearing or ordered by the Bureau. § 1080.13 Custodians. (a) The Bureau shall designate a custodian and one or more deputy custodians for material to be delivered pursuant to a civil investigative demand in an investigation. The custodian shall have the powers and duties prescribed by section 1052 of the Act, 12 U.S.C. 5562. Deputy custodians may perform all of the duties assigned to custodians. (b) Material produced pursuant to a civil investigative demand, while in the custody of the custodian, shall be for the official use of the Bureau in accordance with the Act; but such material shall upon reasonable notice to the custodian be made available for examination by the person who produced such material, or his or her duly authorized representative, during regular office hours established for the Bureau. § 1080.14 Confidential treatment of demand material and non-public nature of investigations. (a) Documentary materials and tangible things the Bureau receives pursuant to a civil investigative demand are subject to the requirements and procedures relating to the disclosure of records and information set forth in part 1070 of this chapter. (b) Bureau investigations generally are non-public. Bureau investigators may disclose the existence of an investigation to potential witnesses or third parties to the extent necessary to advance the investigation. Dated: July 22, 2011. Sam Valverde, Deputy Executive Secretary, Department of the Treasury. [FR Doc. 2011–19035 Filed 7–25–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4810–25–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with RULES 12 CFR Part 1082 [Docket No. CFPB–2011–0005] RIN 3170–AA02 State Official Notification Rules Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 Interim final rule with request for public comment. ACTION: Section 1042(c) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (‘‘Act’’), requires the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (‘‘CFPB’’ or ‘‘Bureau’’) to prescribe rules establishing procedures that govern the process, described in section 1042(b) of the Act, by which state officials notify the CFPB of actions or proceedings undertaken pursuant to the authority granted in section 1042(a) to enforce the Act or regulations prescribed thereunder. This interim final rule with a request for public comment sets forth those rules. DATES: This interim final rule is effective on July 28, 2011. Written comments are invited and must be received on or before September 26, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CFPB–2011– 0005, by any of the following methods: • Electronic: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Monica Jackson, Office of the Executive Secretary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. In general, all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov. In addition, comments will be available for public inspection and copying at 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time. You can make an appointment to inspect the documents by telephoning (202) 435– 7275. All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Sensitive personal information, such as account numbers or social security numbers, should not be included. Comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Jackson, Office of the Executive Secretary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036, (202) 435–7275. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CFPB issues these State Official Notification Rules (‘‘Rules’’), pursuant to sections 1042(b) and (c) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (‘‘Act’’),1 12 U.S.C. 5552(b), (c). These Rules are promulgated as an interim final rule with a request for comment. The CFPB invites interested members of the public to submit written comments addressing the issues raised herein. A. Background These Rules will govern the process by which state officials notify the CFPB of actions or proceedings undertaken under section 1042(a) of the Act, 12 U.S.C. 5552(a), to enforce the Act, or regulations prescribed thereunder. The Rules implement a procedure for the timing and content of the notice required to be given to the CFPB, set forth the responsibilities of CFPB employees and others who receive the notice, and specify the rights of the CFPB to participate in an action brought by a state official. In drafting these Rules, the CFPB endeavored to create a process that would both provide the CFPB and the relevant prudential regulators with timely notice of pending actions and account for the investigation and litigation needs of state law enforcement agencies. In keeping with this approach, the Rules provide for a default notice period of at least 10 days, with exceptions for emergencies and other extenuating circumstances, and require substantive notice that is both straightforward and comprehensive. The Rules further make clear that the CFPB can participate as appropriate in an action brought by state officials under the Act or a regulation prescribed thereunder, provide for confidential treatment of information disclosed to the CFPB and prudential regulators under these Rules, and establish that provision of notice shall not constitute a waiver of any applicable privilege. In addition, the Rules specify that the notice provisions do not create any procedural or substantive rights for parties in litigation against the United States or against a state which brings an action under the Act or a regulation prescribed thereunder. B. Section Summary The Rules are set forth in a single section, with several paragraphs, each of which is addressed below. Section 1082.1(a) Notice Requirement This paragraph sets out the timing and process for the provision of notice 1 The Act is Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as amended, Public Law 111–203 (July 21, 2010), Title X, 12 U.S.C. 5481 et seq. Section 1066 of the Act grants the Secretary of the Treasury interim authority to perform certain functions of the CFPB. Pursuant to that authority, Treasury publishes these Rules on behalf of the CFPB. E:\FR\FM\28JYR1.SGM 28JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations by state officials under non-emergency circumstances. The paragraph requires state officials to provide notice no later than 10 days prior to initiating an action to enforce the Act or any regulation prescribed thereunder. The paragraph also identifies to whom and how the notice should be sent and sets out an exception to the timing of notice. Section 1082.1(b) Emergency Actions Section 1082.1(b) sets out the process for the provision of notice in emergency circumstances. The paragraph lays out the reasons for not providing notice in accordance with § 1082.1(a), and establishes a deadline to provide notice of no more than 48 hours after the initiation of an action. The paragraph also identifies to whom and how the notice should be sent, and also sets out an exception to the timing of notice. Section 1082.1(c) Contents of Notice In this paragraph, the CFPB specifies the information that must be included in the notice provided by state officials. This paragraph also details certain additional information that must be provided when notice is not given until after an action has been initiated. Section 1082.1(d) Bureau Response Section 1082.1(d) describes how the CFPB may intervene or otherwise participate in an action initiated by a state official. Section 1082.1(e) Confidentiality and Privilege Section 1082.1(e) provides that the CFPB and any prudential regulator who receives notice shall not disclose any non-public information about the notice, and also establishes certain exceptions to this requirement. In addition, the paragraph states that the provision of notice shall not constitute a waiver of any applicable privilege. Section 1082.1(f) No Private Right of Action or Defense This paragraph clarifies that the Rules do not create any right, benefit, or defense which is enforceable against the United States or state officials enforcing the Act or any regulation prescribed thereunder. rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with RULES C. Procedural Requirements 1. Regulatory Requirements The Rules relate solely to ‘‘agency organization, procedure, or practice’’ and, thus, are not subject to the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (‘‘APA’’). See 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq. Even if these requirements did apply, the CFPB for good cause finds that in these VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:46 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 circumstances providing advance notice and opportunity for comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b). The Bureau also finds that there is good cause to issue this rule effective immediately. See 5 U.S.C. 553(d). Pursuant to the Act, state officials are permitted to begin bringing actions under the Act on July 21, 2011. In order to ensure that the CFPB, which is the primary agency responsible for administration of the Act and promulgating regulations under the Act, is aware of all legal developments related to the Act and situated to take appropriate action, it is necessary that the CFPB be informed of pending actions. The failure to promptly enact the Rules will leave the CFPB without the necessary information to evaluate actions taken pursuant to the Act and determine an appropriate response, which may impair the efficiency and consistency with which the Act is enforced. Thus, the CFPB has determined that this interim rule should be issued, effective immediately, without advance notice and opportunity for comment. Nevertheless, the CFPB invites public comment on the Rules. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601(2), do not apply. The collection of information contained in this rule has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for review in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(d), under control number 1505– 0237. The estimated time per response is 30 minutes. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. 2. Section 1022(b)(2) Provisions The CFPB has conducted an analysis of benefits, costs, and impacts 2 and consulted with the prudential regulators, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission, including with respect to whether the Rules are consistent with any relevant prudential, 1022(b)(2)(A) addresses the consideration of the potential benefits and costs of regulation to consumers and industry, including the potential reduction of access by consumers to consumer financial products or services; the impact of proposed rules on depository institutions and credit unions with $10 billion or less in total assets as described in Section 1026 of the Dodd-Frank Act; and the impact on consumers in rural areas. PO 00000 2 Section Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 45175 market, and systemic objectives administered by such agencies.3 The CFPB concludes that the Rules will benefit consumers and covered persons alike. The Rules do not impose any obligations on consumers or covered persons, nor do they have any direct relevance to consumers’ access to consumer financial products and services. Rather, they provide for notice to the CFPB and prudential regulators when a state initiates an action under the Act, or a regulation prescribed thereunder. The notice provided to the CFPB may result in a CFPB decision to join an enforcement action, which may result in marginal additional costs to the relevant covered person. On the other hand, the Rules will help ensure more efficient and consistent implementation of the Act, which benefits both consumers and covered persons. Further, the Rules have no unique impact on insured depository institutions or insured credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets described in section 1026(a) of the Act, and do not have a unique impact on rural consumers. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1082 Banks, Banking, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit unions, Federal Reserve System, Investigations, Law enforcement, National banks, Savings associations, State and local governments, Trade practices. For the reasons set forth above, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection adds part 1082 to Chapter X in Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations to read as set forth below. TITLE 12—BANKS AND BANKING CHAPTER X—BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION PART 1082—STATE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION RULES Authority: Pub. L. 111–203, Title X. § 1082.1 Procedures for notifying the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection when a state official takes an action to enforce the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010. (a) Notice requirement. (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b) and except as discussed in paragraph (b) of 3 The President’s July 11, 2011, Executive Order 13579 entitled ‘‘Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies,’’ asks the independent agencies to follow the cost-saving, burden-reducing principles in Executive Order 13563; harmonization and simplification of rules; flexible approaches that reduce costs; and scientific integrity. In the spirit of Executive Order 13563, the CFPB has consulted with the Office of Management and Budget regarding this interim final rule. E:\FR\FM\28JYR1.SGM 28JYR1 rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with RULES 45176 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations this section, every State attorney general and State regulator (collectively ‘‘State Official’’) shall provide the notice described in paragraph (c) of this section to the Division of Enforcement of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (‘‘Bureau’’), the division of the Bureau responsible for enforcement of Federal consumer financial law pursuant to the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, as amended, Public Law 111–203 (July 21, 2010), Title X, 12 U.S.C. 5481 et seq. (‘‘Act’’), and the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Bureau at least 10 days prior to initiating any action or proceeding in any court or other administrative or regulatory proceeding against any covered person to enforce any provision of the Act or any regulation prescribed thereunder, including but not limited to the filing of a complaint, motion for relief, or other document which initiates an action or proceeding. (2) Notice shall be provided to the Division of Enforcement and the Office of the Executive Secretary, or their successor offices, via electronic mail to Enforcement@cfpb.gov and ExecSec@cfpb.gov. In the event of technical problems preventing the delivery of notice, the Division of Enforcement or its successor entity should be contacted. (3) On the same date that notice is provided to the Division of Enforcement and the Office of the Executive Secretary pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of this section, a copy of the notice shall be sent to the relevant prudential regulator, if any, or the designee thereof, by mail or electronic mail. (4) Notice shall be deemed to have been provided as of the date of mailing the materials described in paragraph (c) of this section. (5) The Division of Enforcement, or its successor entity, in consultation with a State Official, may provide, for good cause shown, an alternative deadline for the notice described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section. (b) Emergency actions. (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b), in the event that a State Official initiates or intends to initiate an action or proceeding and, in order to protect the public interest or prevent irreparable and imminent harm, is unable to provide timely notice as described in paragraph (a) of this section, the State Official shall provide the notice described in paragraph (c) of this section as soon as is practicable and not later than 48 hours after initiation of the action or proceeding. (2) Notice shall be provided in accordance with the procedures set VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 forth in paragraphs (a)(2) through (a)(4) of this section. (3) The Division of Enforcement, or its successor entity, in consultation with a State Official, may provide, for good cause shown, an alternative deadline for the notice described in paragraph (b)(1) of this section. (c) Contents of notice. (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b), the notice required under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section shall include a written description of the anticipated action or proceeding, including: (i) The court or body in which the action or proceeding is to be initiated; (ii) The identity of the parties to the action or proceeding; (iii) The nature of the action or proceeding to be initiated; (iv) The anticipated date of initiating the action or proceeding; (v) The alleged facts underlying the action or proceeding; (vi) A contact name, electronic mail address, and phone number of an individual involved with the matter in the office of the State Official with whom the Bureau may consult; and (vii) A determination as to whether there may be a need to coordinate the prosecution of the action or proceeding so as not to interfere with any action, including any rulemaking, undertaken by the Bureau, a prudential regulator, or another Federal agency. (2) The notice required under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section shall further include a complete and unredacted copy of any complaint, motion for relief, or similar document that is the subject of the notice, in its form as of the date the notice is provided. To the extent the complaint, motion for relief, or similar document contains the information described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, provision of the complaint, motion for relief, or similar document shall be deemed sufficient notice of that information. (3) In the event that notice is provided after the initiation of an action or proceeding, the written description shall also include the following, in addition to the information described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section: (i) A brief description of any proceeding that occurred as a result of the initiation of the action or proceeding, including any orders issued by a court or other body; (ii) Any case number, matter number, or designation assigned to the action or proceeding; and (iii) Information on scheduled court or other administrative or regulatory proceedings. (4) In the event that notice is provided after the initiation of an action or PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 proceeding, in addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph (c)(3) of this section, the notice shall further include a complete, unredacted copy of any document filed by any party in relation to the action or proceeding and any orders issued by the court or other body. (5) If the State Official, after providing the notice described in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section, intends to file a complaint, motion for relief, or similar document that is materially different from the document included with the notice, the State Official shall provide a copy of that document prior to filing, in accordance with the method described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section. (d) Bureau response. In any action or proceeding described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, the Bureau may: (1) Intervene in the action or proceeding as a party; (2) Upon intervening, (i) Remove the action to the appropriate United States district court, if the action or proceeding was not originally brought there; and (ii) Be heard on all matters arising in the action; (3) Appeal any order or judgment, to the same extent as any other party in the proceeding may; and (4) Otherwise participate in the action as appropriate. (e) Confidentiality and privilege. (1) Unless and until such information becomes publically available, the substance and fact of the notice described in paragraph (c) of this section, including the complaint, motion for relief, or other document, shall not be disclosed by the Bureau or any relevant prudential regulator who received the notice except as permitted by paragraphs (e)(3) and (e)(4) of this section or as required by law. (2) Provision of notice by a State Official and disclosure of notice pursuant to paragraphs (e)(3) and (e)(4) of this section shall not be deemed a waiver of any applicable privilege. (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (e)(1) of this section, the Bureau and any relevant prudential regulator who received the notice described in paragraph (c) of this section may share the substance or fact of the notice with another entity pursuant to the consent of the State Official who provided the notice. (4) Notwithstanding paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(3) of this section, the Bureau may share the substance and fact of the notice described in paragraph (c) of this section with another state or federal government entity when necessary to protect the public interest, after E:\FR\FM\28JYR1.SGM 28JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations consultation with the State Official who provided the notice. (f) No private right of action or defense. The requirements set forth in this section are not intended to, do not, and may not be relied upon to create any right, benefit, or defense, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States or any State enforcing the provisions of the Act or any regulation prescribed thereunder. proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005, of FAA Order 7400.9U dated August 18, 2010, and effective September 15, 2010, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order. Dated: July 22, 2011. Sam Valverde, Deputy Executive Secretary, Department of the Treasury. The Rule [FR Doc. 2011–19034 Filed 7–25–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4810–25–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0184; Airspace Docket No. 11–ANM–4] Establishment of Class E Airspace; Nephi, UT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action establishes Class E airspace at Nephi UT, to accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Nephi Municipal Airport. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, October 20, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR Part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4537. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with RULES History On May 17, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish Class E airspace at Nephi, UT (76 FR 28382). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Nephi Municipal Airport, Nephi, UT, to accommodate IFR aircraft executing new RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations. The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it establishes controlled airspace at Nephi Municipal Airport, Nephi, UT. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 45177 Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR Part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR Part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9U, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 18, 2010, and effective September 15, 2010 is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth. * * * * * ANM UT E5 Nephi, UT [New] Nephi Municipal Airport, Nephi, UT (Lat. 39°44′12″ N., long. 111°52′12″ W.) That airspace extending from 700 feet above the surface within a 9.7-mile radius of the Nephi Municipal Airport; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area bounded by a line beginning at lat. 40°03′ 00″ N., long. 112°19′ 00″ W.; to lat. 39°56′ 00″ N., long. 111°23′ 00″ W.; to lat. 39°23′ 00″ N., long. 111°27′ 00″ W.; to lat. 39°29′ 00″ N., long. 112°21′ 00″ W.; to lat. 39°49′ 00″ N., long. 112°23′ 00″ W.; thence to the point of beginning. Issued in Seattle, Washington, on July 19, 2011. John Warner, Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. [FR Doc. 2011–18953 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0393; Airspace Docket No. 11–AWP–2] Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kayenta, AZ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action establishes Class E airspace at Kayenta, AZ. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYR1.SGM 28JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 145 (Thursday, July 28, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-19034]


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BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

12 CFR Part 1082

[Docket No. CFPB-2011-0005]
RIN 3170-AA02


State Official Notification Rules

AGENCY: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

ACTION: Interim final rule with request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: Section 1042(c) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 
2010 (``Act''), requires the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 
(``CFPB'' or ``Bureau'') to prescribe rules establishing procedures 
that govern the process, described in section 1042(b) of the Act, by 
which state officials notify the CFPB of actions or proceedings 
undertaken pursuant to the authority granted in section 1042(a) to 
enforce the Act or regulations prescribed thereunder. This interim 
final rule with a request for public comment sets forth those rules.

DATES: This interim final rule is effective on July 28, 2011. Written 
comments are invited and must be received on or before September 26, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CFPB-2011-
0005, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Monica 
Jackson, Office of the Executive Secretary, Consumer Financial 
Protection Bureau, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.
    All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or 
Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. In general, 
all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov. In addition, comments will be available for public 
inspection and copying at 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036, on 
official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern 
Time. You can make an appointment to inspect the documents by 
telephoning (202) 435-7275.
    All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, 
will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. 
Sensitive personal information, such as account numbers or social 
security numbers, should not be included. Comments will not be edited 
to remove any identifying or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Jackson, Office of the 
Executive Secretary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1801 L 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036, (202) 435-7275.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CFPB issues these State Official 
Notification Rules (``Rules''), pursuant to sections 1042(b) and (c) of 
the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (``Act''),\1\ 12 U.S.C. 
5552(b), (c). These Rules are promulgated as an interim final rule with 
a request for comment. The CFPB invites interested members of the 
public to submit written comments addressing the issues raised herein.
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    \1\ The Act is Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act, as amended, Public Law 111-203 (July 21, 
2010), Title X, 12 U.S.C. 5481 et seq. Section 1066 of the Act 
grants the Secretary of the Treasury interim authority to perform 
certain functions of the CFPB. Pursuant to that authority, Treasury 
publishes these Rules on behalf of the CFPB.
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A. Background

    These Rules will govern the process by which state officials notify 
the CFPB of actions or proceedings undertaken under section 1042(a) of 
the Act, 12 U.S.C. 5552(a), to enforce the Act, or regulations 
prescribed thereunder.
    The Rules implement a procedure for the timing and content of the 
notice required to be given to the CFPB, set forth the responsibilities 
of CFPB employees and others who receive the notice, and specify the 
rights of the CFPB to participate in an action brought by a state 
official. In drafting these Rules, the CFPB endeavored to create a 
process that would both provide the CFPB and the relevant prudential 
regulators with timely notice of pending actions and account for the 
investigation and litigation needs of state law enforcement agencies. 
In keeping with this approach, the Rules provide for a default notice 
period of at least 10 days, with exceptions for emergencies and other 
extenuating circumstances, and require substantive notice that is both 
straightforward and comprehensive. The Rules further make clear that 
the CFPB can participate as appropriate in an action brought by state 
officials under the Act or a regulation prescribed thereunder, provide 
for confidential treatment of information disclosed to the CFPB and 
prudential regulators under these Rules, and establish that provision 
of notice shall not constitute a waiver of any applicable privilege. In 
addition, the Rules specify that the notice provisions do not create 
any procedural or substantive rights for parties in litigation against 
the United States or against a state which brings an action under the 
Act or a regulation prescribed thereunder.

B. Section Summary

    The Rules are set forth in a single section, with several 
paragraphs, each of which is addressed below.

Section 1082.1(a) Notice Requirement

    This paragraph sets out the timing and process for the provision of 
notice

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by state officials under non-emergency circumstances. The paragraph 
requires state officials to provide notice no later than 10 days prior 
to initiating an action to enforce the Act or any regulation prescribed 
thereunder. The paragraph also identifies to whom and how the notice 
should be sent and sets out an exception to the timing of notice.

Section 1082.1(b) Emergency Actions

    Section 1082.1(b) sets out the process for the provision of notice 
in emergency circumstances. The paragraph lays out the reasons for not 
providing notice in accordance with Sec.  1082.1(a), and establishes a 
deadline to provide notice of no more than 48 hours after the 
initiation of an action. The paragraph also identifies to whom and how 
the notice should be sent, and also sets out an exception to the timing 
of notice.

Section 1082.1(c) Contents of Notice

    In this paragraph, the CFPB specifies the information that must be 
included in the notice provided by state officials. This paragraph also 
details certain additional information that must be provided when 
notice is not given until after an action has been initiated.

Section 1082.1(d) Bureau Response

    Section 1082.1(d) describes how the CFPB may intervene or otherwise 
participate in an action initiated by a state official.

Section 1082.1(e) Confidentiality and Privilege

    Section 1082.1(e) provides that the CFPB and any prudential 
regulator who receives notice shall not disclose any non-public 
information about the notice, and also establishes certain exceptions 
to this requirement. In addition, the paragraph states that the 
provision of notice shall not constitute a waiver of any applicable 
privilege.

Section 1082.1(f) No Private Right of Action or Defense

    This paragraph clarifies that the Rules do not create any right, 
benefit, or defense which is enforceable against the United States or 
state officials enforcing the Act or any regulation prescribed 
thereunder.

C. Procedural Requirements

1. Regulatory Requirements

    The Rules relate solely to ``agency organization, procedure, or 
practice'' and, thus, are not subject to the notice and comment 
requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (``APA''). See 5 
U.S.C. 551 et seq. Even if these requirements did apply, the CFPB for 
good cause finds that in these circumstances providing advance notice 
and opportunity for comment would be impracticable and contrary to the 
public interest. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b). The Bureau also finds that there 
is good cause to issue this rule effective immediately. See 5 U.S.C. 
553(d). Pursuant to the Act, state officials are permitted to begin 
bringing actions under the Act on July 21, 2011. In order to ensure 
that the CFPB, which is the primary agency responsible for 
administration of the Act and promulgating regulations under the Act, 
is aware of all legal developments related to the Act and situated to 
take appropriate action, it is necessary that the CFPB be informed of 
pending actions. The failure to promptly enact the Rules will leave the 
CFPB without the necessary information to evaluate actions taken 
pursuant to the Act and determine an appropriate response, which may 
impair the efficiency and consistency with which the Act is enforced. 
Thus, the CFPB has determined that this interim rule should be issued, 
effective immediately, without advance notice and opportunity for 
comment. Nevertheless, the CFPB invites public comment on the Rules.
    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601(2), do not 
apply.
    The collection of information contained in this rule has been 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(d), 
under control number 1505-0237. The estimated time per response is 30 
minutes. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
valid OMB control number.

2. Section 1022(b)(2) Provisions

    The CFPB has conducted an analysis of benefits, costs, and impacts 
\2\ and consulted with the prudential regulators, the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, the Securities and Exchange Commission, 
the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission, including 
with respect to whether the Rules are consistent with any relevant 
prudential, market, and systemic objectives administered by such 
agencies.\3\
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    \2\ Section 1022(b)(2)(A) addresses the consideration of the 
potential benefits and costs of regulation to consumers and 
industry, including the potential reduction of access by consumers 
to consumer financial products or services; the impact of proposed 
rules on depository institutions and credit unions with $10 billion 
or less in total assets as described in Section 1026 of the Dodd-
Frank Act; and the impact on consumers in rural areas.
    \3\ The President's July 11, 2011, Executive Order 13579 
entitled ``Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies,'' asks 
the independent agencies to follow the cost-saving, burden-reducing 
principles in Executive Order 13563; harmonization and 
simplification of rules; flexible approaches that reduce costs; and 
scientific integrity. In the spirit of Executive Order 13563, the 
CFPB has consulted with the Office of Management and Budget 
regarding this interim final rule.
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    The CFPB concludes that the Rules will benefit consumers and 
covered persons alike. The Rules do not impose any obligations on 
consumers or covered persons, nor do they have any direct relevance to 
consumers' access to consumer financial products and services. Rather, 
they provide for notice to the CFPB and prudential regulators when a 
state initiates an action under the Act, or a regulation prescribed 
thereunder. The notice provided to the CFPB may result in a CFPB 
decision to join an enforcement action, which may result in marginal 
additional costs to the relevant covered person. On the other hand, the 
Rules will help ensure more efficient and consistent implementation of 
the Act, which benefits both consumers and covered persons.
    Further, the Rules have no unique impact on insured depository 
institutions or insured credit unions with less than $10 billion in 
assets described in section 1026(a) of the Act, and do not have a 
unique impact on rural consumers.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1082

    Banks, Banking, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit unions, Federal 
Reserve System, Investigations, Law enforcement, National banks, 
Savings associations, State and local governments, Trade practices.

    For the reasons set forth above, the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection adds part 1082 to Chapter X in Title 12 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations to read as set forth below.

TITLE 12--BANKS AND BANKING

CHAPTER X--BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

PART 1082--STATE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION RULES

    Authority: Pub. L. 111-203, Title X.


Sec.  1082.1  Procedures for notifying the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection when a state official takes an action to enforce the 
Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010.

    (a) Notice requirement.
    (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b) and except as discussed in 
paragraph (b) of

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this section, every State attorney general and State regulator 
(collectively ``State Official'') shall provide the notice described in 
paragraph (c) of this section to the Division of Enforcement of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (``Bureau''), the division of 
the Bureau responsible for enforcement of Federal consumer financial 
law pursuant to the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, as 
amended, Public Law 111-203 (July 21, 2010), Title X, 12 U.S.C. 5481 et 
seq. (``Act''), and the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Bureau 
at least 10 days prior to initiating any action or proceeding in any 
court or other administrative or regulatory proceeding against any 
covered person to enforce any provision of the Act or any regulation 
prescribed thereunder, including but not limited to the filing of a 
complaint, motion for relief, or other document which initiates an 
action or proceeding.
    (2) Notice shall be provided to the Division of Enforcement and the 
Office of the Executive Secretary, or their successor offices, via 
electronic mail to Enforcement@cfpb.gov and ExecSec@cfpb.gov. In the 
event of technical problems preventing the delivery of notice, the 
Division of Enforcement or its successor entity should be contacted.
    (3) On the same date that notice is provided to the Division of 
Enforcement and the Office of the Executive Secretary pursuant to 
paragraph (a)(1) of this section, a copy of the notice shall be sent to 
the relevant prudential regulator, if any, or the designee thereof, by 
mail or electronic mail.
    (4) Notice shall be deemed to have been provided as of the date of 
mailing the materials described in paragraph (c) of this section.
    (5) The Division of Enforcement, or its successor entity, in 
consultation with a State Official, may provide, for good cause shown, 
an alternative deadline for the notice described in paragraph (a)(1) of 
this section.
    (b) Emergency actions.
    (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b), in the event that a State 
Official initiates or intends to initiate an action or proceeding and, 
in order to protect the public interest or prevent irreparable and 
imminent harm, is unable to provide timely notice as described in 
paragraph (a) of this section, the State Official shall provide the 
notice described in paragraph (c) of this section as soon as is 
practicable and not later than 48 hours after initiation of the action 
or proceeding.
    (2) Notice shall be provided in accordance with the procedures set 
forth in paragraphs (a)(2) through (a)(4) of this section.
    (3) The Division of Enforcement, or its successor entity, in 
consultation with a State Official, may provide, for good cause shown, 
an alternative deadline for the notice described in paragraph (b)(1) of 
this section.
    (c) Contents of notice.
    (1) Pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 5552(b), the notice required under 
paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section shall include a written 
description of the anticipated action or proceeding, including:
    (i) The court or body in which the action or proceeding is to be 
initiated;
    (ii) The identity of the parties to the action or proceeding;
    (iii) The nature of the action or proceeding to be initiated;
    (iv) The anticipated date of initiating the action or proceeding;
    (v) The alleged facts underlying the action or proceeding;
    (vi) A contact name, electronic mail address, and phone number of 
an individual involved with the matter in the office of the State 
Official with whom the Bureau may consult; and
    (vii) A determination as to whether there may be a need to 
coordinate the prosecution of the action or proceeding so as not to 
interfere with any action, including any rulemaking, undertaken by the 
Bureau, a prudential regulator, or another Federal agency.
    (2) The notice required under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this 
section shall further include a complete and unredacted copy of any 
complaint, motion for relief, or similar document that is the subject 
of the notice, in its form as of the date the notice is provided. To 
the extent the complaint, motion for relief, or similar document 
contains the information described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, 
provision of the complaint, motion for relief, or similar document 
shall be deemed sufficient notice of that information.
    (3) In the event that notice is provided after the initiation of an 
action or proceeding, the written description shall also include the 
following, in addition to the information described in paragraph (c)(1) 
of this section:
    (i) A brief description of any proceeding that occurred as a result 
of the initiation of the action or proceeding, including any orders 
issued by a court or other body;
    (ii) Any case number, matter number, or designation assigned to the 
action or proceeding; and
    (iii) Information on scheduled court or other administrative or 
regulatory proceedings.
    (4) In the event that notice is provided after the initiation of an 
action or proceeding, in addition to the requirements set forth in 
paragraph (c)(3) of this section, the notice shall further include a 
complete, unredacted copy of any document filed by any party in 
relation to the action or proceeding and any orders issued by the court 
or other body.
    (5) If the State Official, after providing the notice described in 
paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section, intends to file a 
complaint, motion for relief, or similar document that is materially 
different from the document included with the notice, the State 
Official shall provide a copy of that document prior to filing, in 
accordance with the method described in paragraph (a)(2) of this 
section.
    (d) Bureau response. In any action or proceeding described in 
paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, the Bureau may:
    (1) Intervene in the action or proceeding as a party;
    (2) Upon intervening,
    (i) Remove the action to the appropriate United States district 
court, if the action or proceeding was not originally brought there; 
and
    (ii) Be heard on all matters arising in the action;
    (3) Appeal any order or judgment, to the same extent as any other 
party in the proceeding may; and
    (4) Otherwise participate in the action as appropriate.
    (e) Confidentiality and privilege.
    (1) Unless and until such information becomes publically available, 
the substance and fact of the notice described in paragraph (c) of this 
section, including the complaint, motion for relief, or other document, 
shall not be disclosed by the Bureau or any relevant prudential 
regulator who received the notice except as permitted by paragraphs 
(e)(3) and (e)(4) of this section or as required by law.
    (2) Provision of notice by a State Official and disclosure of 
notice pursuant to paragraphs (e)(3) and (e)(4) of this section shall 
not be deemed a waiver of any applicable privilege.
    (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (e)(1) of this section, the Bureau 
and any relevant prudential regulator who received the notice described 
in paragraph (c) of this section may share the substance or fact of the 
notice with another entity pursuant to the consent of the State 
Official who provided the notice.
    (4) Notwithstanding paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(3) of this section, 
the Bureau may share the substance and fact of the notice described in 
paragraph (c) of this section with another state or federal government 
entity when necessary to protect the public interest, after

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consultation with the State Official who provided the notice.
    (f) No private right of action or defense. The requirements set 
forth in this section are not intended to, do not, and may not be 
relied upon to create any right, benefit, or defense, substantive or 
procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States or 
any State enforcing the provisions of the Act or any regulation 
prescribed thereunder.

    Dated: July 22, 2011.
Sam Valverde,
Deputy Executive Secretary, Department of the Treasury.
[FR Doc. 2011-19034 Filed 7-25-11; 4:15 pm]
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