Regulatory Publication and Review Under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, 75763-75766 [2014-29629]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 244 / Friday, December 19, 2014 / Proposed Rules By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 12, 2014. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2014–29561 Filed 12–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Chapter VII Regulatory Publication and Review Under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 National Credit Union Administration. ACTION: Notice of regulatory review; request for comments. AGENCY: The NCUA Board (Board) is continuing its comprehensive review of its regulations to identify outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome regulatory requirements imposed on federally insured credit unions, as contemplated by section 2222 of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA). This second decennial review of regulations began when the Board issued its first EGRPRA notice on May 22, 2014, covering the two categories of ‘‘Applications and Reporting’’ and ‘‘Powers and Activities.’’ 1 Today, the Board continues the review process with the publication of this second notice, covering the next three categories of rules: ‘‘Agency Programs,’’ ‘‘Capital,’’ and ‘‘Consumer Protection.’’ This review presents a significant opportunity to consider the possibilities for burden reduction in groups of similar regulations. The Board welcomes comment on the categories, the order of review, and all other aspects of this initiative in order to maximize the review’s effectiveness. DATES: Comment must be received on or before March 19, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (Please send comments by one method only): • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • NCUA Web site: http://www.ncua. gov/RegulationsOpinionsLaws/ proposed_regs/proposed_regs.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: Address to regcomments@ ncua.gov. Include ‘‘[Your name] Comments on Regulatory Review mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: 1 79 FR 32121 (June 4, 2014). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 Dec 18, 2014 Jkt 235001 pursuant to EGRPRA’’ in the email subject line. • Fax: (703) 518–6319. Use the subject line described above for email. • Mail: Address to Gerard Poliquin, Secretary of the Board, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314– 3428. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail address. Public Inspection: All public comments are available on the agency’s Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/Legal/ Regs/Pages/PropRegs.aspx as submitted, except as may not be possible for technical reasons. Public comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Paper copies of comments may be inspected in NCUA’s law library at 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by appointment weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call (703) 518–6546 or send an email to OGCMail@ncua.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ross P. Kendall, Special Counsel to the General Counsel, at the above address, or telephone: (703) 518–6562. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction Congress enacted EGRPRA 2 as part of an effort to minimize unnecessary government regulation of financial institutions consistent with safety and soundness, consumer protection, and other public policy goals. Under EGRPRA, the appropriate federal banking agencies (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; herein Agencies 3) and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) must review their regulations to identify outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome requirements imposed on insured depository institutions. The Agencies are required, jointly or individually, to categorize regulations by type, such as ‘‘consumer regulations’’ or ‘‘safety and soundness’’ regulations. Once the categories have been established, the Agencies must provide notice and ask for public comment on one or more of these regulatory categories. 2 Pub. L. 104–208, Div. A, Title II, section 2222, 110 Stat. 3009 (1996); codified at 12 U.S.C. 3311. 3 The Office of Thrift Supervision was still in existence at the time EGRPRA was enacted and was included in the listing of Agencies. Since that time, the OTS has been eliminated and its responsibilities have passed to the Agencies and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 75763 NCUA is not technically required to participate in the EGRPRA review process, since NCUA is not an ‘‘appropriate Federal banking agency’’ as specified in EGRPRA. In keeping with the spirit of the law, however, the Board has once again elected to participate in the review process. Thus, NCUA has participated along with the Agencies in the planning process, but has developed its own regulatory categories that are comparable with those developed by the Agencies. Because of the unique circumstances of federally insured credit unions and their members, the Board is issuing a separate notice from the Agencies. NCUA’s notice is consistent and comparable with the Agencies’ notice, except on issues that are unique to credit unions. In accordance with the objectives of EGRPRA, the Board asks the public to identify areas of its regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome. In addition to this second notice, the Board will issue two more notices for comment during 2015, at regular intervals. The EGRPRA review supplements and complements the reviews of regulations that NCUA conducts under other laws and its internal policies.4 As the Board noted in its initial EGRPRA notice in May 2014, the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) resulted in the transfer to CFPB of responsibility for certain consumer protection rules that had previously been the responsibility of the Agencies and/or NCUA, such as Regulation Z and rules governing consumer privacy. Because the CFPB is not covered by EGRPRA or required to participate in this regulatory review process, the Agencies and NCUA have excluded certain consumer protection regulations from the scope of the current review.5 In the case of rules implementing specific aspects of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Savings Act, rules pertaining to fair lending in the housing area, and flood insurance, NCUA has retained rulewriting authority. Therefore, these rules are retained for purposes of the EGRPRA 4 Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) 87–2, 52 FR 35231 (Sept. 8, 1987) as amended by IRPS 03–2, 68 FR 32127 (May 29, 2003.) (Reflecting NCUA’s commitment to ‘‘periodically update, clarify and simplify existing regulations and eliminate redundant and unnecessary provisions.’’) 5 In addition to rules that have been transferred to the CFPB, insured credit unions are also subject to certain other regulations that are not required to be reviewed under the EGRPRA process, such as regulations issued by the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Any comment received during the EGRPRA process that pertains to such a rule will be forwarded to the appropriate agency. E:\FR\FM\19DEP1.SGM 19DEP1 75764 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 244 / Friday, December 19, 2014 / Proposed Rules review and comprise one of the categories for which comment is currently being solicited. Rules pertaining to share insurance and advertising also remain within NCUA’s province and, therefore, are included as well. EGRPRA contemplates a two-part regulatory response. First, NCUA will publish in the Federal Register a summary of the comments it receives, identifying and discussing the significant issues raised. Second, the law directs the Agencies to ‘‘eliminate unnecessary regulations to the extent that such action is appropriate.’’ As was done during the initial decennial review process, the Board anticipates that it will prepare its response separately from the Agencies, but at around the same time. EGRPRA further requires the FFIEC to submit a report to the Congress within 30 days after NCUA and the Agencies publish the comment summary and analysis in the Federal Register. This report must summarize any significant issues raised by the public comments and the relative merits of those issues. The report also must analyze whether the appropriate federal financial regulator involved is able to address the regulatory burdens associated with the issues by regulation, or whether the burdens must be addressed by legislation. The FFIEC report submitted to Congress following the initial decennial EGRPRA review included an Agency section discussing banking sector issues and a separate section devoted to NCUA and credit union issues. It is likely that the FFIEC will follow a similar approach in this second decennial EGRPRA review and report process. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS II. The EGRPRA Review’s Special Focus The regulatory review contemplated by EGRPRA provides a significant opportunity for the public and the Board to consider groups of related regulations and identify possibilities for streamlining. The EGRPRA review’s overall focus on the totality of regulations will offer a new perspective in identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden. For example, the EGRPRA review may facilitate the identification of regulatory requirements that are no longer consistent with the way business is conducted and that therefore might be eliminated. Of course, reducing regulatory burden must be consistent with ensuring the continued safety and soundness of federally insured credit unions and appropriate consumer protections. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Dec 18, 2014 Jkt 235001 EGRPRA also recognizes that burden reduction must be consistent with NCUA’s statutory mandates, many of which currently require certain regulations. One of the significant aspects of the EGRPRA review program is the recognition that effective burden reduction in certain areas may require legislative change. The Board will be soliciting comment on, and reviewing the comments and regulations carefully for, the relationship among burden reduction, regulatory requirements, and statutory mandates. This will be a key aspect of the report to Congress. The Board views the approach of considering the relationship of regulatory and statutory change on regulatory burden, in concert with EGRPRA’s provisions calling for grouping regulations by type, to provide the potential for particularly effective burden reduction. The Board believes the EGRPRA review can also significantly contribute to its on-going efforts to reduce regulatory burden. Since 1987, a formally adopted NCUA policy has required the Board to review each of its regulations at least once every three years with a view toward eliminating, simplifying, or otherwise easing the burden of each regulation.6 Further, the Board addresses the issue of regulatory burden every time it proposes and adopts a rule. NCUA complies with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 7 the Regulatory Flexibility Act 8 and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 9 in connection with each rulemaking and evaluates the burdens the rulemaking might impose on the industry, consistent with safety and soundness and consumer protection considerations. The Board is particularly sensitive to the impact of agency rules on small institutions. In 2013, the Board formally increased the threshold for meeting the ‘‘small’’ classification to having assets of $50 million or less. The Board is cognizant that each new or amended regulation has the potential for requiring significant expenditures of time, effort, and money to achieve compliance, and also that this burden can be particularly difficult for institutions of smaller asset size, with fewer resources available. III. The Board’s Proposed Plan EGRPRA contemplates the categorization of regulations by ‘‘type.’’ During the initial decennial review, the Board developed and published for 6 IRPS 87–2, 52 FR 35231 (Sept. 8, 1987) as amended by IRPS 03–2, 68 FR 32127 (May 29, 2003). 7 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. 8 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. 9 Pub. L. 104–121, 110 Stat 857 (1996). PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 comment ten categories for NCUA’s rules, including some that had been issued jointly with the Agencies. The Board believes these initial categories worked well for the purpose of presenting a framework for the review and so has retained them for this second review.10 The categories, in alphabetical order, are: Agency Programs; Applications and Reporting; Capital; Consumer Protection; Corporate Credit Unions; Directors, Officers and Employees; Money Laundering; Powers and Activities; Rules of Procedure; and Safety and Soundness. As noted above, some of the rules in the consumer protection category are now under CFPB’s jurisdiction and administration, and those affected rules have been eliminated. Any rules adopted for the first time since 2006 have been included in the appropriate category.11 Rules still in proposed form are not included in this review; commenters may be sure that comments submitted directly in response to proposed rules will be given due consideration within that process. As the Board noted during the initial decennial review, although there are other possible ways of categorizing its rules, these ten categories ‘‘are logical groupings that are not so broad such that the number of regulations presented in any one category would overwhelm potential commenters. The categories also reflect recognized areas of industry interest and specialization or are particularly critical to the health of the credit union system.’’ As was also noted during the initial review, some regulations, such as lending, pertain to more than one category and are included in all applicable categories. The Board remains convinced that publishing its rules for public comment separately from the Agencies is the most effective method for achieving EGRPRA’s burden reduction goals for federally insured credit unions. Owing to differences in the credit union system as compared to the banking system, there is not a direct, category by category, correlation between NCUA’s rules and those of the Agencies. For example, credit unions deal with issues such as membership, credit union service organizations, and corporate credit unions, all of which are unique to credit union operations. Similarly, 10 Consistent with EGRPRA’s focus on reducing burden on insured credit unions, the Board has not included internal, organizational or operational regulations in this review. These regulations impose minimal, if any, burden on insured credit unions. 11 Commenters should note, in this respect, that for new regulations that have only recently gone into effect, some passage of time may be necessary before the burden associated with the regulatory requirements can be fully and properly understood. E:\FR\FM\19DEP1.SGM 19DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 244 / Friday, December 19, 2014 / Proposed Rules certain categories identified by the Agencies have limited or no applicability in the credit union sector, such as community reinvestment, international operations, and securities. The categories developed by the Board and the Agencies reflect these differences. The Board intends to maintain comparability with the Agencies’ notices to the extent there is overlap or similarity in the issues and the categories. After the conclusion of the comment period for each EGRPRA notice published in the Federal Register, the Board will review the comments it has received and decide whether further action is appropriate with respect to the categories of regulations included in that notice. The Board has prepared two charts to assist public understanding of the organization of its review. The first chart, set forth at Section V.A. below, presents the three categories of regulations on which NCUA is requesting burden reduction recommendations in this notice. The three categories are shown in the left column. In the middle column are the subject matters that fall within the categories and in the far right column are the regulatory citations. The second chart, set forth at Section V.B. below, presents the remaining five categories in alphabetical order in a similar format. IV. Request for Burden Reduction Recommendations for the Categories of Regulations: ‘‘Agency Programs,’’ ‘‘Capital,’’ and ‘‘Consumer Protection’’ The Board seeks public comment on regulations within the following three categories—‘‘Agency Programs,’’ ‘‘Capital,’’ and ‘‘Consumer Protection’’—that may impose outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulatory requirements on federally insured credit unions. Comments that cite particular provisions or language, and provide reasons why such provisions should be changed, would be most helpful to NCUA’s review efforts. Suggested alternative provisions or language, where appropriate, would also be helpful. If the implementation of a comment would require modifying a statute that underlies the regulation, the comment should, if possible, identify the needed statutory change. Specific issues for commenters to consider. While all comments related to any aspect of the EGRPRA review are welcome, the Board specifically invites comment on the following issues: • Need and purpose of the regulations. Do the regulations in these categories fulfill current needs? Has industry or other circumstances changed since a regulation was written such that the regulation is no longer necessary? Have there been shifts within the industry or consumer actions that suggest a re-focus of the underlying regulations? Do any of the regulations in these categories impose burdens not required by their authorizing statutes? • Need for statutory change. Do the statutes impose unnecessary requirements? Are any of the statutory requirements underlying these categories redundant, conflicting or otherwise unduly burdensome? If so, how should the statutes be amended? • Overarching approaches/flexibility of the regulatory standards. Generally, is there a different approach to regulating that the Board could use that would achieve statutory goals while imposing less burden? Do any of the regulations in these categories or the statutes underlying them impose unnecessarily inflexible requirements? • Effect of the regulations on competition. Do any of the regulations in these categories or the statutes underlying them create competitive disadvantages for credit unions compared to another part of the financial services industry? If so, how should these regulations be amended? • Reporting, recordkeeping and disclosure requirements. Do any of the regulations in these categories or the statutes underlying them impose particularly burdensome reporting, recordkeeping or disclosure requirements? Are any of these requirements similar enough in purpose and use so that they could be consolidated? What, if any, of these requirements could be fulfilled electronically to reduce their burden? Please provide specific recommendations. • Consistency and redundancy. Do any of the regulations in these categories impose inconsistent or redundant regulatory requirements that are not warranted by the circumstances? • Clarity. Are the regulations in these categories and the underlying statutes drafted in clear and easily understood language? Are there specific regulations or underlying statutes that need clarification? • Scope of rules. Is the scope of each rule in these categories consistent with the intent of the underlying statute(s)? Could NCUA amend the scope of a rule to clarify its applicability or to reduce the burden, while remaining faithful to statutory intent? If so, specify which regulation(s) should be clarified. • Burden on small insured institutions. The Board has a particular interest in minimizing burden on small insured credit unions (those with less than $50 million in assets). NCUA solicits comment on whether any regulations within these categories should be continued without change, amended or rescinded in order to minimize any significant economic impact the regulations may have on a substantial number of small federally insured credit unions. V. A. REGULATIONS ABOUT WHICH BURDEN REDUCTION RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REQUESTED CURRENTLY Agency Programs ............................ Capital ............................................. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Consumer Protection ...................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Dec 18, 2014 Community Development Revolving Loan Program ............................. Central Liquidity Facility ......................................................................... Designation of low-income status; receipt of secondary capital accounts by low-income designated credit unions. Prompt corrective action ........................................................................ Adequacy of reserves ............................................................................ Nondiscrimination requirement (Fair Housing) ...................................... Truth in Savings (TIS) ........................................................................... Loans in areas having special flood hazards ........................................ Fair Credit Reporting—identity theft red flags ....................................... Fair Credit Reporting—disposal of consumer information .................... Fair Credit Reporting—duties regarding address discrepancies .......... Share insurance ..................................................................................... Advertising ............................................................................................. Disclosure of share insurance ............................................................... Notice of termination of excess insurance coverage ............................ Uninsured membership shares .............................................................. Member inspection of credit union books, records, and minutes ......... Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 75765 E:\FR\FM\19DEP1.SGM 12 CFR 705. 12 CFR 725. 12 CFR 701.34. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 19DEP1 CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR 702. 741.3(a). 701.31. 707. 760. 717, Subpart J. 717.83. 717.82. 745. 740. 741.10. 741.5. 741.9. 701.3. 75766 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 244 / Friday, December 19, 2014 / Proposed Rules V. B. CATEGORIES AND REGULATIONS ABOUT WHICH NCUA WILL SEEK COMMENT LATER Corporate Credit Unions ................. Directors, Officers, and Employees Money Laundering .......................... Rules of Procedure ......................... Safety and Soundness .................... Corporate credit unions ......................................................................... Loans and lines of credit to officials ...................................................... Reimbursement, insurance, and indemnification of officials and employees. Retirement benefits for employees ........................................................ Management officials interlock .............................................................. Fidelity bond and insurance coverage .................................................. General authorities and duties of federal credit union directors ........... Golden parachutes and indemnification payments ............................... Report of crimes or suspected crimes .................................................. Bank Secrecy Act .................................................................................. Liquidation (involuntary and voluntary) .................................................. Uniform rules of practice and procedure ............................................... Local rules of practice and procedure ................................................... Lending .................................................................................................. Investments ............................................................................................ Supervisory committee audit ................................................................. Security programs .................................................................................. Guidelines for safeguarding member information and responding to unauthorized access to member information. Records preservation program and appendices—record retention; catastrophic act preparedness. Appraisals .............................................................................................. Examination ........................................................................................... Liquidity and contingency funding plans ............................................... Regulations codified elsewhere in NCUA’s regulations as applying to federal credit unions that also apply to federally insured state-chartered credit unions. By the National Credit Union Administration Board on December 11, 2014. Gerard Poliquin, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2014–29629 Filed 12–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7535–01–P Responses to the data request must be filed on or before January 12, 2015 in Docket No. RM14–2–000. Comments on the responses to the data request must be filed in the same docket within 10 days of the data request response, on or before January 22, 2015. DATES: Responses and Comments, identified by docket number, may be filed in the following ways: • Electronic Filing through http:// www.ferc.gov. Documents created electronically using word processing software should be filed in native applications or print-to-PDF format and not in a scanned format. • Mail/Hand Delivery: Those unable to file electronically may mail or handdeliver comments to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting responses and comments, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 284 [Docket No. RM14–2–000] Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; data request to Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). AGENCY: On December 12, 2014, pursuant to authority delegated to the Director, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, a data request was issued to each ISO and RTO regarding the effect on the reliable and efficient operations of natural gas-fired generators of the current 9 a.m. CCT start to the Gas Day. The requests seek data from the ISOs/ RTOs with respect to derates by natural gas generators during the morning ramp period. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Dec 18, 2014 Jkt 235001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Fernandez (Legal Information), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, 202–502– 6682; Caroline Daly Wozniak (Technical Information), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, 888 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 12 CFR 704. 12 CFR 701.21(d). 12 CFR 701.33. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR 701.19. 711. 713. 701.4. 750. 748.1. 748.2. 709 and 710. 747, subpart A. 747, subparts B–M 701.21. 703. 715. 748.0. 748, Appendices A and B. 12 CFR 749. 12 12 12 12 CFR CFR CFR CFR 722. 741.1. 741.12. 741, subpart B. First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, 202–502–8931. The data requests can be obtained over the Internet from the Commission’s eLibrary system (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp) under Docket No. RM14– 2–000 or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington DC 20426. The full text of the data requests are available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format. To access these documents in eLibrary, type the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in the docket number field. All responses and comments will be placed in the Commission’s public files in Docket No. RM14–2–000, and may be viewed, printed, or downloaded remotely from the eLibrary system or obtained from the Commission’s Public Reference Room. The data responses and comments are not required to be served on other commenters or entities. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the Commission’s Web site during normal business hours from the Commission’s Online Support at 202– 502–6652 (toll free at 1–866–208–3676) or email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502–8371, TTY (202) 502–8659. Email the Public Reference Room at public.referenceroom@ferc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\19DEP1.SGM 19DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 244 (Friday, December 19, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
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NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION

12 CFR Chapter VII


Regulatory Publication and Review Under the Economic Growth and 
Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996

AGENCY: National Credit Union Administration.

ACTION: Notice of regulatory review; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The NCUA Board (Board) is continuing its comprehensive review 
of its regulations to identify outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome 
regulatory requirements imposed on federally insured credit unions, as 
contemplated by section 2222 of the Economic Growth and Regulatory 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA). This second decennial review 
of regulations began when the Board issued its first EGRPRA notice on 
May 22, 2014, covering the two categories of ``Applications and 
Reporting'' and ``Powers and Activities.'' \1\ Today, the Board 
continues the review process with the publication of this second 
notice, covering the next three categories of rules: ``Agency 
Programs,'' ``Capital,'' and ``Consumer Protection.'' This review 
presents a significant opportunity to consider the possibilities for 
burden reduction in groups of similar regulations. The Board welcomes 
comment on the categories, the order of review, and all other aspects 
of this initiative in order to maximize the review's effectiveness.
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    \1\ 79 FR 32121 (June 4, 2014).

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DATES: Comment must be received on or before March 19, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(Please send comments by one method only):
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     NCUA Web site: http://www.ncua.gov/RegulationsOpinionsLaws/proposed_regs/proposed_regs.html. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: Address to regcomments@ncua.gov. Include ``[Your 
name] Comments on Regulatory Review pursuant to EGRPRA'' in the email 
subject line.
     Fax: (703) 518-6319. Use the subject line described above 
for email.
     Mail: Address to Gerard Poliquin, Secretary of the Board, 
National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22314-3428.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail address.
    Public Inspection: All public comments are available on the 
agency's Web site at http://www.ncua.gov/Legal/Regs/Pages/PropRegs.aspx 
as submitted, except as may not be possible for technical reasons. 
Public comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact 
information. Paper copies of comments may be inspected in NCUA's law 
library at 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by appointment 
weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call 
(703) 518-6546 or send an email to OGCMail@ncua.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ross P. Kendall, Special Counsel to 
the General Counsel, at the above address, or telephone: (703) 518-
6562.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    Congress enacted EGRPRA \2\ as part of an effort to minimize 
unnecessary government regulation of financial institutions consistent 
with safety and soundness, consumer protection, and other public policy 
goals. Under EGRPRA, the appropriate federal banking agencies (Office 
of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; herein 
Agencies \3\) and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination 
Council (FFIEC) must review their regulations to identify outdated, 
unnecessary, or unduly burdensome requirements imposed on insured 
depository institutions. The Agencies are required, jointly or 
individually, to categorize regulations by type, such as ``consumer 
regulations'' or ``safety and soundness'' regulations. Once the 
categories have been established, the Agencies must provide notice and 
ask for public comment on one or more of these regulatory categories.
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    \2\ Pub. L. 104-208, Div. A, Title II, section 2222, 110 Stat. 
3009 (1996); codified at 12 U.S.C. 3311.
    \3\ The Office of Thrift Supervision was still in existence at 
the time EGRPRA was enacted and was included in the listing of 
Agencies. Since that time, the OTS has been eliminated and its 
responsibilities have passed to the Agencies and the Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau.
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    NCUA is not technically required to participate in the EGRPRA 
review process, since NCUA is not an ``appropriate Federal banking 
agency'' as specified in EGRPRA. In keeping with the spirit of the law, 
however, the Board has once again elected to participate in the review 
process. Thus, NCUA has participated along with the Agencies in the 
planning process, but has developed its own regulatory categories that 
are comparable with those developed by the Agencies. Because of the 
unique circumstances of federally insured credit unions and their 
members, the Board is issuing a separate notice from the Agencies. 
NCUA's notice is consistent and comparable with the Agencies' notice, 
except on issues that are unique to credit unions.
    In accordance with the objectives of EGRPRA, the Board asks the 
public to identify areas of its regulations that are outdated, 
unnecessary, or unduly burdensome. In addition to this second notice, 
the Board will issue two more notices for comment during 2015, at 
regular intervals. The EGRPRA review supplements and complements the 
reviews of regulations that NCUA conducts under other laws and its 
internal policies.\4\
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    \4\ Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) 87-2, 52 FR 
35231 (Sept. 8, 1987) as amended by IRPS 03-2, 68 FR 32127 (May 29, 
2003.) (Reflecting NCUA's commitment to ``periodically update, 
clarify and simplify existing regulations and eliminate redundant 
and unnecessary provisions.'')
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    As the Board noted in its initial EGRPRA notice in May 2014, the 
creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) resulted in 
the transfer to CFPB of responsibility for certain consumer protection 
rules that had previously been the responsibility of the Agencies and/
or NCUA, such as Regulation Z and rules governing consumer privacy. 
Because the CFPB is not covered by EGRPRA or required to participate in 
this regulatory review process, the Agencies and NCUA have excluded 
certain consumer protection regulations from the scope of the current 
review.\5\ In the case of rules implementing specific aspects of the 
Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Savings Act, rules pertaining 
to fair lending in the housing area, and flood insurance, NCUA has 
retained rule-writing authority. Therefore, these rules are retained 
for purposes of the EGRPRA

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review and comprise one of the categories for which comment is 
currently being solicited. Rules pertaining to share insurance and 
advertising also remain within NCUA's province and, therefore, are 
included as well.
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    \5\ In addition to rules that have been transferred to the CFPB, 
insured credit unions are also subject to certain other regulations 
that are not required to be reviewed under the EGRPRA process, such 
as regulations issued by the Department of the Treasury's Financial 
Crimes Enforcement Network. Any comment received during the EGRPRA 
process that pertains to such a rule will be forwarded to the 
appropriate agency.
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    EGRPRA contemplates a two-part regulatory response. First, NCUA 
will publish in the Federal Register a summary of the comments it 
receives, identifying and discussing the significant issues raised. 
Second, the law directs the Agencies to ``eliminate unnecessary 
regulations to the extent that such action is appropriate.'' As was 
done during the initial decennial review process, the Board anticipates 
that it will prepare its response separately from the Agencies, but at 
around the same time.
    EGRPRA further requires the FFIEC to submit a report to the 
Congress within 30 days after NCUA and the Agencies publish the comment 
summary and analysis in the Federal Register. This report must 
summarize any significant issues raised by the public comments and the 
relative merits of those issues. The report also must analyze whether 
the appropriate federal financial regulator involved is able to address 
the regulatory burdens associated with the issues by regulation, or 
whether the burdens must be addressed by legislation. The FFIEC report 
submitted to Congress following the initial decennial EGRPRA review 
included an Agency section discussing banking sector issues and a 
separate section devoted to NCUA and credit union issues. It is likely 
that the FFIEC will follow a similar approach in this second decennial 
EGRPRA review and report process.

II. The EGRPRA Review's Special Focus

    The regulatory review contemplated by EGRPRA provides a significant 
opportunity for the public and the Board to consider groups of related 
regulations and identify possibilities for streamlining. The EGRPRA 
review's overall focus on the totality of regulations will offer a new 
perspective in identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden. 
For example, the EGRPRA review may facilitate the identification of 
regulatory requirements that are no longer consistent with the way 
business is conducted and that therefore might be eliminated. Of 
course, reducing regulatory burden must be consistent with ensuring the 
continued safety and soundness of federally insured credit unions and 
appropriate consumer protections.
    EGRPRA also recognizes that burden reduction must be consistent 
with NCUA's statutory mandates, many of which currently require certain 
regulations. One of the significant aspects of the EGRPRA review 
program is the recognition that effective burden reduction in certain 
areas may require legislative change. The Board will be soliciting 
comment on, and reviewing the comments and regulations carefully for, 
the relationship among burden reduction, regulatory requirements, and 
statutory mandates. This will be a key aspect of the report to 
Congress.
    The Board views the approach of considering the relationship of 
regulatory and statutory change on regulatory burden, in concert with 
EGRPRA's provisions calling for grouping regulations by type, to 
provide the potential for particularly effective burden reduction. The 
Board believes the EGRPRA review can also significantly contribute to 
its on-going efforts to reduce regulatory burden. Since 1987, a 
formally adopted NCUA policy has required the Board to review each of 
its regulations at least once every three years with a view toward 
eliminating, simplifying, or otherwise easing the burden of each 
regulation.\6\ Further, the Board addresses the issue of regulatory 
burden every time it proposes and adopts a rule. NCUA complies with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 \7\ the Regulatory Flexibility Act \8\ 
and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 \9\ 
in connection with each rulemaking and evaluates the burdens the 
rulemaking might impose on the industry, consistent with safety and 
soundness and consumer protection considerations.
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    \6\ IRPS 87-2, 52 FR 35231 (Sept. 8, 1987) as amended by IRPS 
03-2, 68 FR 32127 (May 29, 2003).
    \7\ 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
    \8\ 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.
    \9\ Pub. L. 104-121, 110 Stat 857 (1996).
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    The Board is particularly sensitive to the impact of agency rules 
on small institutions. In 2013, the Board formally increased the 
threshold for meeting the ``small'' classification to having assets of 
$50 million or less. The Board is cognizant that each new or amended 
regulation has the potential for requiring significant expenditures of 
time, effort, and money to achieve compliance, and also that this 
burden can be particularly difficult for institutions of smaller asset 
size, with fewer resources available.

III. The Board's Proposed Plan

    EGRPRA contemplates the categorization of regulations by ``type.'' 
During the initial decennial review, the Board developed and published 
for comment ten categories for NCUA's rules, including some that had 
been issued jointly with the Agencies. The Board believes these initial 
categories worked well for the purpose of presenting a framework for 
the review and so has retained them for this second review.\10\ The 
categories, in alphabetical order, are: Agency Programs; Applications 
and Reporting; Capital; Consumer Protection; Corporate Credit Unions; 
Directors, Officers and Employees; Money Laundering; Powers and 
Activities; Rules of Procedure; and Safety and Soundness. As noted 
above, some of the rules in the consumer protection category are now 
under CFPB's jurisdiction and administration, and those affected rules 
have been eliminated. Any rules adopted for the first time since 2006 
have been included in the appropriate category.\11\ Rules still in 
proposed form are not included in this review; commenters may be sure 
that comments submitted directly in response to proposed rules will be 
given due consideration within that process.
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    \10\ Consistent with EGRPRA's focus on reducing burden on 
insured credit unions, the Board has not included internal, 
organizational or operational regulations in this review. These 
regulations impose minimal, if any, burden on insured credit unions.
    \11\ Commenters should note, in this respect, that for new 
regulations that have only recently gone into effect, some passage 
of time may be necessary before the burden associated with the 
regulatory requirements can be fully and properly understood.
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    As the Board noted during the initial decennial review, although 
there are other possible ways of categorizing its rules, these ten 
categories ``are logical groupings that are not so broad such that the 
number of regulations presented in any one category would overwhelm 
potential commenters. The categories also reflect recognized areas of 
industry interest and specialization or are particularly critical to 
the health of the credit union system.'' As was also noted during the 
initial review, some regulations, such as lending, pertain to more than 
one category and are included in all applicable categories.
    The Board remains convinced that publishing its rules for public 
comment separately from the Agencies is the most effective method for 
achieving EGRPRA's burden reduction goals for federally insured credit 
unions. Owing to differences in the credit union system as compared to 
the banking system, there is not a direct, category by category, 
correlation between NCUA's rules and those of the Agencies. For 
example, credit unions deal with issues such as membership, credit 
union service organizations, and corporate credit unions, all of which 
are unique to credit union operations. Similarly,

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certain categories identified by the Agencies have limited or no 
applicability in the credit union sector, such as community 
reinvestment, international operations, and securities. The categories 
developed by the Board and the Agencies reflect these differences. The 
Board intends to maintain comparability with the Agencies' notices to 
the extent there is overlap or similarity in the issues and the 
categories.
    After the conclusion of the comment period for each EGRPRA notice 
published in the Federal Register, the Board will review the comments 
it has received and decide whether further action is appropriate with 
respect to the categories of regulations included in that notice.
    The Board has prepared two charts to assist public understanding of 
the organization of its review. The first chart, set forth at Section 
V.A. below, presents the three categories of regulations on which NCUA 
is requesting burden reduction recommendations in this notice. The 
three categories are shown in the left column. In the middle column are 
the subject matters that fall within the categories and in the far 
right column are the regulatory citations. The second chart, set forth 
at Section V.B. below, presents the remaining five categories in 
alphabetical order in a similar format.

IV. Request for Burden Reduction Recommendations for the Categories of 
Regulations: ``Agency Programs,'' ``Capital,'' and ``Consumer 
Protection''

    The Board seeks public comment on regulations within the following 
three categories--``Agency Programs,'' ``Capital,'' and ``Consumer 
Protection''--that may impose outdated, unnecessary, or unduly 
burdensome regulatory requirements on federally insured credit unions. 
Comments that cite particular provisions or language, and provide 
reasons why such provisions should be changed, would be most helpful to 
NCUA's review efforts. Suggested alternative provisions or language, 
where appropriate, would also be helpful. If the implementation of a 
comment would require modifying a statute that underlies the 
regulation, the comment should, if possible, identify the needed 
statutory change.
    Specific issues for commenters to consider. While all comments 
related to any aspect of the EGRPRA review are welcome, the Board 
specifically invites comment on the following issues:
     Need and purpose of the regulations. Do the regulations in 
these categories fulfill current needs? Has industry or other 
circumstances changed since a regulation was written such that the 
regulation is no longer necessary? Have there been shifts within the 
industry or consumer actions that suggest a re-focus of the underlying 
regulations?
    Do any of the regulations in these categories impose burdens not 
required by their authorizing statutes?
     Need for statutory change. Do the statutes impose 
unnecessary requirements? Are any of the statutory requirements 
underlying these categories redundant, conflicting or otherwise unduly 
burdensome? If so, how should the statutes be amended?
     Overarching approaches/flexibility of the regulatory 
standards. Generally, is there a different approach to regulating that 
the Board could use that would achieve statutory goals while imposing 
less burden? Do any of the regulations in these categories or the 
statutes underlying them impose unnecessarily inflexible requirements?
     Effect of the regulations on competition. Do any of the 
regulations in these categories or the statutes underlying them create 
competitive disadvantages for credit unions compared to another part of 
the financial services industry? If so, how should these regulations be 
amended?
     Reporting, recordkeeping and disclosure requirements. Do 
any of the regulations in these categories or the statutes underlying 
them impose particularly burdensome reporting, recordkeeping or 
disclosure requirements? Are any of these requirements similar enough 
in purpose and use so that they could be consolidated? What, if any, of 
these requirements could be fulfilled electronically to reduce their 
burden? Please provide specific recommendations.
     Consistency and redundancy. Do any of the regulations in 
these categories impose inconsistent or redundant regulatory 
requirements that are not warranted by the circumstances?
     Clarity. Are the regulations in these categories and the 
underlying statutes drafted in clear and easily understood language? 
Are there specific regulations or underlying statutes that need 
clarification?
     Scope of rules. Is the scope of each rule in these 
categories consistent with the intent of the underlying statute(s)? 
Could NCUA amend the scope of a rule to clarify its applicability or to 
reduce the burden, while remaining faithful to statutory intent? If so, 
specify which regulation(s) should be clarified.
     Burden on small insured institutions. The Board has a 
particular interest in minimizing burden on small insured credit unions 
(those with less than $50 million in assets). NCUA solicits comment on 
whether any regulations within these categories should be continued 
without change, amended or rescinded in order to minimize any 
significant economic impact the regulations may have on a substantial 
number of small federally insured credit unions.

   V. A. Regulations About Which Burden Reduction Recommendations Are
                           Requested Currently
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Agency Programs...............  Community Development   12 CFR 705.
                                 Revolving Loan
                                 Program.
                                Central Liquidity       12 CFR 725.
                                 Facility.
                                Designation of low-     12 CFR 701.34.
                                 income status;
                                 receipt of secondary
                                 capital accounts by
                                 low-income designated
                                 credit unions.
Capital.......................  Prompt corrective       12 CFR 702.
                                 action.
                                Adequacy of reserves..  12 CFR 741.3(a).
Consumer Protection...........  Nondiscrimination       12 CFR 701.31.
                                 requirement (Fair
                                 Housing).
                                Truth in Savings (TIS)  12 CFR 707.
                                Loans in areas having   12 CFR 760.
                                 special flood hazards.
                                Fair Credit             12 CFR 717,
                                 Reporting_identity      Subpart J.
                                 theft red flags.
                                Fair Credit             12 CFR 717.83.
                                 Reporting_disposal of
                                 consumer information.
                                Fair Credit             12 CFR 717.82.
                                 Reporting_duties
                                 regarding address
                                 discrepancies.
                                Share insurance.......  12 CFR 745.
                                Advertising...........  12 CFR 740.
                                Disclosure of share     12 CFR 741.10.
                                 insurance.
                                Notice of termination   12 CFR 741.5.
                                 of excess insurance
                                 coverage.
                                Uninsured membership    12 CFR 741.9.
                                 shares.
                                Member inspection of    12 CFR 701.3.
                                 credit union books,
                                 records, and minutes.
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   V. B. Categories and Regulations About Which NCUA Will Seek Comment
                                  Later
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Corporate Credit Unions.......  Corporate credit        12 CFR 704.
                                 unions.
Directors, Officers, and        Loans and lines of      12 CFR
 Employees.                      credit to officials.    701.21(d).
                                Reimbursement,          12 CFR 701.33.
                                 insurance, and
                                 indemnification of
                                 officials and
                                 employees.
                                Retirement benefits     12 CFR 701.19.
                                 for employees.
                                Management officials    12 CFR 711.
                                 interlock.
                                Fidelity bond and       12 CFR 713.
                                 insurance coverage.
                                General authorities     12 CFR 701.4.
                                 and duties of federal
                                 credit union
                                 directors.
                                Golden parachutes and   12 CFR 750.
                                 indemnification
                                 payments.
Money Laundering..............  Report of crimes or     12 CFR 748.1.
                                 suspected crimes.
                                Bank Secrecy Act......  12 CFR 748.2.
Rules of Procedure............  Liquidation             12 CFR 709 and
                                 (involuntary and        710.
                                 voluntary).
                                Uniform rules of        12 CFR 747,
                                 practice and            subpart A.
                                 procedure.
                                Local rules of          12 CFR 747,
                                 practice and            subparts B-M
                                 procedure.
Safety and Soundness..........  Lending...............  12 CFR 701.21.
                                Investments...........  12 CFR 703.
                                Supervisory committee   12 CFR 715.
                                 audit.
                                Security programs.....  12 CFR 748.0.
                                Guidelines for          12 CFR 748,
                                 safeguarding member     Appendices A
                                 information and         and B.
                                 responding to
                                 unauthorized access
                                 to member information.
                                Records preservation    12 CFR 749.
                                 program and
                                 appendices_record
                                 retention;
                                 catastrophic act
                                 preparedness.
                                Appraisals............  12 CFR 722.
                                Examination...........  12 CFR 741.1.
                                Liquidity and           12 CFR 741.12.
                                 contingency funding
                                 plans.
                                Regulations codified    12 CFR 741,
                                 elsewhere in NCUA's     subpart B.
                                 regulations as
                                 applying to federal
                                 credit unions that
                                 also apply to
                                 federally insured
                                 state-chartered
                                 credit unions.
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    By the National Credit Union Administration Board on December 
11, 2014.
Gerard Poliquin,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2014-29629 Filed 12-18-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7535-01-P