Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request; Capital Adequacy Standards, 11501-11504 [2014-04404]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2014 / Notices • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future; • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered is intended to be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the agency (if released, the agency must indicate the qualitative nature of the information); • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information, meaning that the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used to reach general conclusions about the population of study. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, but it does not yield data that can be attributed to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs to identify: The target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to conducting the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. As a general matter, information collections will not result in any new system of records containing privacy VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:47 Feb 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature. The OCC used this collection twice in 2013 to obtain feedback from vendors following OCC outreach sessions. It allowed OCC business units to solicit feedback from participants at outreach events, access the participants’ experiences, and make adjustments to future outreach events. Specifically, it allowed the OCC to generate Congressional reports on the ‘‘successes achieved and challenges faced by the agency in operating minority and women outreach programs.’’ 12 U.S.C. 5452(e). Type of Review: Regular review. OMB Control No.: 1557–0248. Type of Review: Regular review. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Burden Estimate: Average Expected Annual Number of Activities: 3. Average number of Respondents per Activity: 3,000. Total Annual Responses: 9,000. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Average Minutes per Response: 10. Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,500. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the OCC’s estimate of the burden of the information collection; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Dated: February 24, 2014. Stuart E. Feldstein, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division. [FR Doc. 2014–04403 Filed 2–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11501 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request; Capital Adequacy Standards Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Under the PRA, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal of its information collection titled, ‘‘Capital Adequacy Standards.’’ SUMMARY: Comments must be submitted on or before April 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: Because paper mail in the Washington, DC area and at the OCC is subject to delay, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email if possible. Comments may be sent to: Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Attention: 1557–0318, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E–218, Mail Stop 9W–11, Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to (571) 465–4326 or by electronic mail to regs.comments@ occ.treas.gov. You may personally inspect and photocopy comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649–6700. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. DATES: E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 11502 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2014 / Notices All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not enclose any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You may request additional information or a copy of the collection from Johnny Vilela or Mary H. Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officers, (202) 649–5490, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E–218, Mail Stop 9W–11, Washington, DC 20219. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) to include agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the OCC is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. In connection with issuance of the Basel III final rule,1 OMB provided a six-month approval for this information collection. The OCC is proposing to extend OMB approval of the collection for the standard three years. Title: Capital Adequacy Standards. OMB Control No.: 1557–0318. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Section-by-Section-Analysis Twelve CFR Part 3 sets forth the OCC’s minimum capital requirements and overall capital adequacy standards for national banks and Federal savings associations. Section 3.3(c) allows for the recognition of netting across multiple types of transactions or agreements if the institution obtains a written legal opinion verifying the validity and enforceability of the agreement under certain circumstances and maintains 1 78 FR 62018 (October 11, 2013). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:47 Feb 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 sufficient written documentation of this legal review. Section 3.22(h)(2)(iii)(A) permits the use of a conservative estimate of the amount of an institution’s investment in its own capital or the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions held through the index security with prior approval by the OCC. Section 3.35(b)(3)(i)(A) requires, for a cleared transaction with a qualified central counterparty (QCCP), that a client bank apply a risk weight of two percent, provided that the collateral posted by the bank to the QCCP is subject to certain arrangements and the client bank has conducted a sufficient legal review (and maintains sufficient written documentation of the legal review) to conclude with a wellfounded basis that the arrangements, in the event of a legal challenge, would be found to be legal, valid, binding, and enforceable under the law of the relevant jurisdictions. Section 3.37(c)(4)(i)(E), regarding collateralized transactions, requires that a bank have policies and procedures in place describing how it determines the period of significant financial stress used to calculate its own internal estimates for haircuts and be able to provide empirical support for the period used. Section 3.41(b)(3) which sets forth operational requirements for securitization exposures, allows the national bank or Federal savings association to recognize for risk-based capital purposes, in the case of synthetic securitizations, a credit risk mitigant to hedge underlying exposures if certain conditions are met, including a requirement that the national bank or Federal savings association obtain a well-reasoned opinion from legal counsel that confirms the enforceability of the credit risk mitigant in all relevant jurisdictions. Section 3.41(c)(2)(i) requires that a national bank or Federal savings association demonstrate its comprehensive understanding of a securitization exposure by conducting and documenting an analysis of the risk characteristics of each securitization exposure prior to its acquisition, taking into account a number of specified considerations. If a national bank or Federal savings association provides non-contractual support to a securitization, § 3.42(e)(2), regarding risk-weighted assets for securitization exposures, requires that a national bank or Federal savings association to publicly disclose that is has provided implicit support to a securitization and the risk-based capital PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 impact to the bank of providing such implicit support. Section 3.62 sets forth disclosure requirements related to the capital requirements of a national bank or Federal savings association. These requirements apply to a national bank or Federal savings association with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more that is not a consolidated subsidiary of an entity that is itself subject to Basel III disclosures. Section 3.62(a) requires quarterly disclosure of information in the applicable tables in section 3.63 and, if a significant change occurs, such that the most recent reported amounts are no longer reflective of the institution’s capital adequacy and risk profile, section 3.62(a) requires the national bank or Federal savings association to disclose as soon as practicable thereafter, a brief discussion of the change and its likely impact. Section 3.62(a) permits annual disclosure of qualitative information that typically does not change each quarter, provided that any significant changes are disclosed in the interim. Section 3.62(b) requires that a national bank or Federal savings association have a formal disclosure policy approved by the board of directors that addresses its approach for determining the disclosures it makes. The policy must address the associated internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures. Section 3.62(c) permits a national bank or Federal savings association to disclose more general information about certain subjects if the national bank or Federal savings association concludes that the specific commercial or financial information required to be disclosed under § 3.62 is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), and national bank or Federal savings association provides the reason the specific items of information have not been disclosed. Section 3.63 sets forth the specific disclosure requirements for a nonadvanced approaches national bank or Federal savings association with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more that is not a consolidated subsidiary of an entity that is itself subject to Basel III disclosure requirements. Section 3.63(a) requires those institutions to make the disclosures in Tables 1 through 10 to § 3.63 and in § 3.63(b) for each of the last three years beginning on the effective date of the rule. Section 3.63(b) requires quarterly disclosure of an institution’s common equity tier 1 capital, additional tier 1 capital, tier 2 capital, tier 1 and total capital ratios, including the regulatory capital elements and all the regulatory E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2014 / Notices adjustments and deductions needed to calculate the numerator of such ratios; total risk-weighted assets, including the different regulatory adjustments and deductions needed to calculate total risk-weighted assets; regulatory capital ratios during any transition periods, including a description of all the regulatory capital elements and all regulatory adjustments and deductions needed to calculate the numerator and denominator of each capital ratio during any transition period; and a reconciliation of regulatory capital elements as they relate to its balance sheet in any audited consolidated financial statements. Tables 1 through 10 to § 3.63 set forth qualitative and/or quantitative requirements for scope of application, capital structure, capital adequacy, capital conservation buffer, credit risk, counterparty credit riskrelated exposures, credit risk mitigation, securitizations, equities not subject to Subpart F (Market Risk requirements) of the rule, and interest rate risk for nontrading activities. Section 3.121 requires a national bank or Federal savings association subject to the advanced approaches risk-based capital requirements to adopt a written implementation plan to address how it will comply with the advanced capital adequacy framework’s qualification requirements and also develop and maintain a comprehensive and sound planning and governance process to oversee the implementation efforts described in the plan. Section 3.122 further requires these institutions to: develop processes for assessing capital adequacy in relation to an organization’s risk profile; establish and maintain internal risk rating and segmentation systems for wholesale and retail risk exposures, including comprehensive risk parameter quantification processes and processes for annual reviews and analyses of reference data to determine their relevance; document its process for identifying, measuring, monitoring, controlling, and internally reporting operational risk; verify the accurate and timely reporting of risk-based capital requirements; and monitor, validate, and refine its advanced systems. Section 3.123 sets forth ongoing qualification requirements that require an institution to notify the OCC of any material change to an advance system and to establish and submit to the OCC a plan for returning to compliance with the qualification requirements. Section 3.124 requires a national bank of Federal savings association to submit to the OCC, within 90 days of consummating a merger or acquisition, an implementation plan for using its VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:47 Feb 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 advanced systems for the merged or acquired company. Section 3.132(b)(2)(iii)(A) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and over-the-counter (OTC) derivative contracts, and internal estimates for haircuts. With the prior written approval of the OCC, an institution may calculate haircuts (Hs and Hfx) using its own internal estimates of the volatilities of market prices and foreign exchange rates. The section requires national banks and Federal savings associations to satisfy certain minimum quantitative standards in order too receive OCC approval to use its own internal estimates. Section 3.132(b)(3) covers counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, and simple Value-at-Risk (VaR) methodology. With the prior written approval of the OCC, a national bank or Federal savings association may estimate exposure at default (EAD) for a netting set using a VaR model that meets certain requirements. Section 3.132(d)(1) permits the use of the internal models methodology (IMM) to determine EAD for counterparty credit risk for derivative contracts with prior written approval from the OCC. Section 3.132(d)(1)(iii) permits the use of the internal models methodology for derivative contracts, eligible margin loans, and repo-style transactions subject to a qualifying cross-product netting agreement with prior written approval from the OCC. Section 3.132(d)(2)(iv) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, and riskweighted assets using IMM. Under the IMM, an institution uses an internal model to estimate the expected exposure (EE) for a netting set and then calculates EAD based on that EE. An institution must calculate two EEs and two EADs (one stressed and one unstressed) for each netting as outlined in this section. A national bank or Federal savings association may use a conservative measure of EAD subject to prior written approval of the OCC. Section 3.132(d)(3)(vi) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts. To obtain OCC approval to calculate the distributions of exposures upon which the EAD calculation is based, a national bank or Federal savings association must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the OCC that it has been using for at least one year an internal model that broadly meets the minimum standards, PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11503 with which the institution must maintain compliance. The institution must have procedures to identify, monitor, and control wrong-way risk throughout the life of an exposure and they must include stress testing and scenario analysis. Section 3.132(d)(3)(viii) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts. When estimating model parameters based on a stress period, a national bank or Federal savings association must use at least three years of historical data that include a period of stress to the credit default spreads of the institution’s counterparties. The institution must review the data set and update the data as necessary, particularly for any material changes in its counterparties. The institution must demonstrate at least quarterly that the stress period coincides with increased credit default swap (CDS) or other credit spreads of the institution’s counterparties. The institution must have procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of its stress calibration that include a process for using benchmark portfolios that are vulnerable to the same risk factors as the institution’s portfolio. The OCC may require the institution to modify its stress calibration to better reflect actual historic losses of the portfolio. Section 3.132(d)(3)(ix), regarding counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, requires that an institution must subject its internal model to an initial validation and annual model review process that includes consideration of whether the inputs and risk factors, as well as the model outputs, are appropriate. The section requires national banks and Federal savings associations to have a backtesting program for its model that includes a process by which unacceptable model performance will be determined and remedied. Section 3.132(d)(3)(x), regarding counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, provides that an national bank or Federal savings association must have policies for the measurement, management, and control of collateral and margin amounts. Section 3.132(d)(3)(xi), concerning counterparty credit risk of repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, states that an institution must have a comprehensive stress testing program that captures all credit exposures to counterparties, and incorporates stress testing of principal market risk factors and creditworthiness of counterparties. E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 11504 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 40 / Friday, February 28, 2014 / Notices Section 3.141 relates to operational criteria for recognizing the transfer of risk in connection with a securitization. Section 3.141(b)(3) requires a national bank or Federal savings association to obtain a well-reasoned legal opinion confirming the enforceability of the credit risk mitigant in all relevant jurisdictions in order to recognize the transference of risk in connection with a synthetic securitization. An institution must demonstrate its comprehensive understanding of a securitization exposure under § 3.141(c)(2) for each securitization exposure by conducting an analysis of the risk characteristics of a securitization exposure prior to acquiring the exposure and document such analysis within three business days after acquiring the exposure. Sections 3.141(c)(2)(i) and (ii) require that institutions, on an on-going basis (at least quarterly), evaluate, review, and update as appropriate the analysis required under this section for each securitization exposure. Section 3.142(h)(2), regarding the capital treatment for securitization exposures, requires a national bank or Federal savings association to disclose publicly if it has provided implicit support to a securitization and the regulatory capital impact to the institution of providing such implicit support. Section 3.153(b), outlining the Internal Models Approach (IMA) for calculating risk-weighted assets for equity exposures, specifies that a national bank or Federal savings association must receive prior written approval from the OCC before it can use IMA. Section 3.172 specifies that each advanced approaches national bank or Federal savings association that has completed the parallel run process must publicly disclose its total and tier 1 riskbased capital ratios and their components. Section 3.173 addresses disclosures by an advanced approaches national bank or Federal savings association that is not a consolidated subsidiary of an equity that is subject to the Basel III disclosure requirements. An advanced approaches institution that is subject to the disclosure requirements must make the disclosures described in Tables 1 through 12. The institution must make these disclosures publicly available for each of the last three years (that is, twelve quarters) or such shorter period beginning on the effective date of this subpart E. The tables to section 3.173 require qualitative and quantitative public disclosures for capital structure, capital adequacy, capital conservation and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:47 Feb 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 countercyclical buffers, credit risk, securitization, operational risk, equities not subject to the market risk capital requirements, and interest rate risk for non-trading activities. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the OCC’s functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the OCC’s estimates of the burden of the information collections, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of information collections on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: February 24, 2014. Stuart E. Feldstein, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division. [FR Doc. 2014–04404 Filed 2–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1040 and Schedules A, B, C, C–EZ, D, E, EIC, F, H, J, R, and SE, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR–EZ, Form 1040X, and All Attachments to These Forms Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Internal Revenue Service, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This notice requests comments on all forms used by individual taxpayers: Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, and Schedules A, B, C, C–EZ, D, E, EIC, F, H, J, R, and SE; Form 1040A; Form 1040EZ; Form 1040NR; Form 1040NR– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 EZ; Form 1040X; and all attachments to these forms (see the Appendix to this notice). Written comments should be received on or before April 29, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to The OMB Unit, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: PRA Approval of Forms Used by Individual Taxpayers Under the PRA, OMB assigns a control number to each ‘‘collection of information’’ that it reviews and approves for use by an agency. The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the burden for each collection of information. Burden estimates for each control number are displayed in (1) PRA notices that accompany collections of information, (2) Federal Register notices such as this one, and (3) OMB’s database of approved information collections. Taxpayer Burden Model The Individual Taxpayer Burden Model (ITBM) estimates burden experienced by individual taxpayers when complying with Federal tax laws and incorporates results from a survey of tax year 2011 individual taxpayers, conducted in 2012 and 2013. The approach to measuring burden focuses on the characteristics and activities undertaken by individual taxpayers in meeting their tax return filing obligations. Burden is defined as the time and outof-pocket costs incurred by taxpayers in complying with the Federal tax system and are estimated separately. Out-ofpocket costs include any expenses incurred by taxpayers to prepare and submit their tax returns. Examples include tax return preparation fees, the purchase price of tax preparation software, submission fees, photocopying costs, postage, and phone calls (if not toll-free). The methodology distinguishes among preparation method, taxpayer activities, taxpayer type, filing method, and income level. Indicators of tax law and administrative complexity, as reflected in the tax forms and instructions, are incorporated into the model. Preparation methods reflected in the model are as follows: • Self-prepared without software, • Self-prepared with software, and • Use of a paid preparer or tax professional. E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection 
Renewal; Comment Request; Capital Adequacy Standards

AGENCY: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork 
and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal 
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing 
information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA).
    Under the PRA, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in 
the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of 
information, including each proposed extension of an existing 
collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in 
response to the notice.
    In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may not 
conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, 
an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.
    The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal of its information 
collection titled, ``Capital Adequacy Standards.''

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 29, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Because paper mail in the Washington, DC area and at the OCC 
is subject to delay, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by 
email if possible. Comments may be sent to: Legislative and Regulatory 
Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 
Attention: 1557-0318, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E-218, Mail Stop 9W-
11, Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to 
(571) 465-4326 or by electronic mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. 
You may personally inspect and photocopy comments at the OCC, 400 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. For security reasons, the OCC 
requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may 
do so by calling (202) 649-6700. Upon arrival, visitors will be 
required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to 
submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy 
comments.

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    All comments received, including attachments and other supporting 
materials, are part of the public record and subject to public 
disclosure. Do not enclose any information in your comment or 
supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate 
for public disclosure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You may request additional information 
or a copy of the collection from Johnny Vilela or Mary H. Gottlieb, OCC 
Clearance Officers, (202) 649-5490, Legislative and Regulatory 
Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th 
Street SW., Suite 3E-218, Mail Stop 9W-11, Washington, DC 20219.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal 
agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of information'' is 
defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) to include agency 
requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, 
keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 
3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal 
agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning 
each proposed collection of information, including each proposed 
extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting 
the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, 
the OCC is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information 
set forth in this document.
    In connection with issuance of the Basel III final rule,\1\ OMB 
provided a six-month approval for this information collection. The OCC 
is proposing to extend OMB approval of the collection for the standard 
three years.
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    Title: Capital Adequacy Standards.
    OMB Control No.: 1557-0318.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Section-by-Section-Analysis

    Twelve CFR Part 3 sets forth the OCC's minimum capital requirements 
and overall capital adequacy standards for national banks and Federal 
savings associations.
    Section 3.3(c) allows for the recognition of netting across 
multiple types of transactions or agreements if the institution obtains 
a written legal opinion verifying the validity and enforceability of 
the agreement under certain circumstances and maintains sufficient 
written documentation of this legal review.
    Section 3.22(h)(2)(iii)(A) permits the use of a conservative 
estimate of the amount of an institution's investment in its own 
capital or the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions held 
through the index security with prior approval by the OCC.
    Section 3.35(b)(3)(i)(A) requires, for a cleared transaction with a 
qualified central counterparty (QCCP), that a client bank apply a risk 
weight of two percent, provided that the collateral posted by the bank 
to the QCCP is subject to certain arrangements and the client bank has 
conducted a sufficient legal review (and maintains sufficient written 
documentation of the legal review) to conclude with a well-founded 
basis that the arrangements, in the event of a legal challenge, would 
be found to be legal, valid, binding, and enforceable under the law of 
the relevant jurisdictions.
    Section 3.37(c)(4)(i)(E), regarding collateralized transactions, 
requires that a bank have policies and procedures in place describing 
how it determines the period of significant financial stress used to 
calculate its own internal estimates for haircuts and be able to 
provide empirical support for the period used.
    Section 3.41(b)(3) which sets forth operational requirements for 
securitization exposures, allows the national bank or Federal savings 
association to recognize for risk-based capital purposes, in the case 
of synthetic securitizations, a credit risk mitigant to hedge 
underlying exposures if certain conditions are met, including a 
requirement that the national bank or Federal savings association 
obtain a well-reasoned opinion from legal counsel that confirms the 
enforceability of the credit risk mitigant in all relevant 
jurisdictions.
    Section 3.41(c)(2)(i) requires that a national bank or Federal 
savings association demonstrate its comprehensive understanding of a 
securitization exposure by conducting and documenting an analysis of 
the risk characteristics of each securitization exposure prior to its 
acquisition, taking into account a number of specified considerations.
    If a national bank or Federal savings association provides non-
contractual support to a securitization, Sec.  3.42(e)(2), regarding 
risk-weighted assets for securitization exposures, requires that a 
national bank or Federal savings association to publicly disclose that 
is has provided implicit support to a securitization and the risk-based 
capital impact to the bank of providing such implicit support.
    Section 3.62 sets forth disclosure requirements related to the 
capital requirements of a national bank or Federal savings association. 
These requirements apply to a national bank or Federal savings 
association with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more that 
is not a consolidated subsidiary of an entity that is itself subject to 
Basel III disclosures. Section 3.62(a) requires quarterly disclosure of 
information in the applicable tables in section 3.63 and, if a 
significant change occurs, such that the most recent reported amounts 
are no longer reflective of the institution's capital adequacy and risk 
profile, section 3.62(a) requires the national bank or Federal savings 
association to disclose as soon as practicable thereafter, a brief 
discussion of the change and its likely impact. Section 3.62(a) permits 
annual disclosure of qualitative information that typically does not 
change each quarter, provided that any significant changes are 
disclosed in the interim. Section 3.62(b) requires that a national bank 
or Federal savings association have a formal disclosure policy approved 
by the board of directors that addresses its approach for determining 
the disclosures it makes. The policy must address the associated 
internal controls and disclosure controls and procedures. Section 
3.62(c) permits a national bank or Federal savings association to 
disclose more general information about certain subjects if the 
national bank or Federal savings association concludes that the 
specific commercial or financial information required to be disclosed 
under Sec.  3.62 is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), and national bank or Federal savings 
association provides the reason the specific items of information have 
not been disclosed.
    Section 3.63 sets forth the specific disclosure requirements for a 
non-advanced approaches national bank or Federal savings association 
with total consolidated assets of $50 billion or more that is not a 
consolidated subsidiary of an entity that is itself subject to Basel 
III disclosure requirements. Section 3.63(a) requires those 
institutions to make the disclosures in Tables 1 through 10 to Sec.  
3.63 and in Sec.  3.63(b) for each of the last three years beginning on 
the effective date of the rule. Section 3.63(b) requires quarterly 
disclosure of an institution's common equity tier 1 capital, additional 
tier 1 capital, tier 2 capital, tier 1 and total capital ratios, 
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adjustments and deductions needed to calculate the numerator of such 
ratios; total risk-weighted assets, including the different regulatory 
adjustments and deductions needed to calculate total risk-weighted 
assets; regulatory capital ratios during any transition periods, 
including a description of all the regulatory capital elements and all 
regulatory adjustments and deductions needed to calculate the numerator 
and denominator of each capital ratio during any transition period; and 
a reconciliation of regulatory capital elements as they relate to its 
balance sheet in any audited consolidated financial statements. Tables 
1 through 10 to Sec.  3.63 set forth qualitative and/or quantitative 
requirements for scope of application, capital structure, capital 
adequacy, capital conservation buffer, credit risk, counterparty credit 
risk-related exposures, credit risk mitigation, securitizations, 
equities not subject to Subpart F (Market Risk requirements) of the 
rule, and interest rate risk for non-trading activities.
    Section 3.121 requires a national bank or Federal savings 
association subject to the advanced approaches risk-based capital 
requirements to adopt a written implementation plan to address how it 
will comply with the advanced capital adequacy framework's 
qualification requirements and also develop and maintain a 
comprehensive and sound planning and governance process to oversee the 
implementation efforts described in the plan. Section 3.122 further 
requires these institutions to: develop processes for assessing capital 
adequacy in relation to an organization's risk profile; establish and 
maintain internal risk rating and segmentation systems for wholesale 
and retail risk exposures, including comprehensive risk parameter 
quantification processes and processes for annual reviews and analyses 
of reference data to determine their relevance; document its process 
for identifying, measuring, monitoring, controlling, and internally 
reporting operational risk; verify the accurate and timely reporting of 
risk-based capital requirements; and monitor, validate, and refine its 
advanced systems.
    Section 3.123 sets forth ongoing qualification requirements that 
require an institution to notify the OCC of any material change to an 
advance system and to establish and submit to the OCC a plan for 
returning to compliance with the qualification requirements.
    Section 3.124 requires a national bank of Federal savings 
association to submit to the OCC, within 90 days of consummating a 
merger or acquisition, an implementation plan for using its advanced 
systems for the merged or acquired company.
    Section 3.132(b)(2)(iii)(A) addresses counterparty credit risk of 
repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and over-the-counter 
(OTC) derivative contracts, and internal estimates for haircuts. With 
the prior written approval of the OCC, an institution may calculate 
haircuts (Hs and Hfx) using its own internal 
estimates of the volatilities of market prices and foreign exchange 
rates. The section requires national banks and Federal savings 
associations to satisfy certain minimum quantitative standards in order 
too receive OCC approval to use its own internal estimates.
    Section 3.132(b)(3) covers counterparty credit risk of repo-style 
transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative contracts, and 
simple Value-at-Risk (VaR) methodology. With the prior written approval 
of the OCC, a national bank or Federal savings association may estimate 
exposure at default (EAD) for a netting set using a VaR model that 
meets certain requirements.
    Section 3.132(d)(1) permits the use of the internal models 
methodology (IMM) to determine EAD for counterparty credit risk for 
derivative contracts with prior written approval from the OCC. Section 
3.132(d)(1)(iii) permits the use of the internal models methodology for 
derivative contracts, eligible margin loans, and repo-style 
transactions subject to a qualifying cross-product netting agreement 
with prior written approval from the OCC.
    Section 3.132(d)(2)(iv) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-
style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts, and risk-weighted assets using IMM. Under the IMM, an 
institution uses an internal model to estimate the expected exposure 
(EE) for a netting set and then calculates EAD based on that EE. An 
institution must calculate two EEs and two EADs (one stressed and one 
unstressed) for each netting as outlined in this section. A national 
bank or Federal savings association may use a conservative measure of 
EAD subject to prior written approval of the OCC.
    Section 3.132(d)(3)(vi) addresses counterparty credit risk of repo-
style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts. To obtain OCC approval to calculate the distributions of 
exposures upon which the EAD calculation is based, a national bank or 
Federal savings association must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the 
OCC that it has been using for at least one year an internal model that 
broadly meets the minimum standards, with which the institution must 
maintain compliance. The institution must have procedures to identify, 
monitor, and control wrong-way risk throughout the life of an exposure 
and they must include stress testing and scenario analysis.
    Section 3.132(d)(3)(viii) addresses counterparty credit risk of 
repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts. When estimating model parameters based on a stress period, a 
national bank or Federal savings association must use at least three 
years of historical data that include a period of stress to the credit 
default spreads of the institution's counterparties. The institution 
must review the data set and update the data as necessary, particularly 
for any material changes in its counterparties. The institution must 
demonstrate at least quarterly that the stress period coincides with 
increased credit default swap (CDS) or other credit spreads of the 
institution's counterparties. The institution must have procedures to 
evaluate the effectiveness of its stress calibration that include a 
process for using benchmark portfolios that are vulnerable to the same 
risk factors as the institution's portfolio. The OCC may require the 
institution to modify its stress calibration to better reflect actual 
historic losses of the portfolio.
    Section 3.132(d)(3)(ix), regarding counterparty credit risk of 
repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts, requires that an institution must subject its internal model 
to an initial validation and annual model review process that includes 
consideration of whether the inputs and risk factors, as well as the 
model outputs, are appropriate. The section requires national banks and 
Federal savings associations to have a backtesting program for its 
model that includes a process by which unacceptable model performance 
will be determined and remedied.
    Section 3.132(d)(3)(x), regarding counterparty credit risk of repo-
style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts, provides that an national bank or Federal savings 
association must have policies for the measurement, management, and 
control of collateral and margin amounts.
    Section 3.132(d)(3)(xi), concerning counterparty credit risk of 
repo-style transactions, eligible margin loans, and OTC derivative 
contracts, states that an institution must have a comprehensive stress 
testing program that captures all credit exposures to counterparties, 
and incorporates stress testing of principal market risk factors and 
creditworthiness of counterparties.

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    Section 3.141 relates to operational criteria for recognizing the 
transfer of risk in connection with a securitization. Section 
3.141(b)(3) requires a national bank or Federal savings association to 
obtain a well-reasoned legal opinion confirming the enforceability of 
the credit risk mitigant in all relevant jurisdictions in order to 
recognize the transference of risk in connection with a synthetic 
securitization. An institution must demonstrate its comprehensive 
understanding of a securitization exposure under Sec.  3.141(c)(2) for 
each securitization exposure by conducting an analysis of the risk 
characteristics of a securitization exposure prior to acquiring the 
exposure and document such analysis within three business days after 
acquiring the exposure. Sections 3.141(c)(2)(i) and (ii) require that 
institutions, on an on-going basis (at least quarterly), evaluate, 
review, and update as appropriate the analysis required under this 
section for each securitization exposure.
    Section 3.142(h)(2), regarding the capital treatment for 
securitization exposures, requires a national bank or Federal savings 
association to disclose publicly if it has provided implicit support to 
a securitization and the regulatory capital impact to the institution 
of providing such implicit support.
    Section 3.153(b), outlining the Internal Models Approach (IMA) for 
calculating risk-weighted assets for equity exposures, specifies that a 
national bank or Federal savings association must receive prior written 
approval from the OCC before it can use IMA.
    Section 3.172 specifies that each advanced approaches national bank 
or Federal savings association that has completed the parallel run 
process must publicly disclose its total and tier 1 risk-based capital 
ratios and their components.
    Section 3.173 addresses disclosures by an advanced approaches 
national bank or Federal savings association that is not a consolidated 
subsidiary of an equity that is subject to the Basel III disclosure 
requirements. An advanced approaches institution that is subject to the 
disclosure requirements must make the disclosures described in Tables 1 
through 12. The institution must make these disclosures publicly 
available for each of the last three years (that is, twelve quarters) 
or such shorter period beginning on the effective date of this subpart 
E.
    The tables to section 3.173 require qualitative and quantitative 
public disclosures for capital structure, capital adequacy, capital 
conservation and countercyclical buffers, credit risk, securitization, 
operational risk, equities not subject to the market risk capital 
requirements, and interest rate risk for non-trading activities.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become 
a matter of public record. Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the 
proper performance of the OCC's functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the OCC's estimates of the burden of the 
information collections, including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions used;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of information collections on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: February 24, 2014.
Stuart E. Feldstein,
Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-04404 Filed 2-27-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4810-33-P