Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 18620-18624 [2015-07920]

Download as PDF 18620 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Federal Advisory Committee Act; Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice advises interested persons that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC) will hold a meeting on April 21, 2015. At the meeting, the committee will receive reports from the Current Commercial Requirements Working Group and the Technology and Preferred Architectures Working Groups, establish the next set of working groups, discuss draft outlines for the committee report, and discuss any other topics related to the DSTAC’s work that may arise. DATES: April 21, 2015. ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, Room TW–C305 (Commission Meeting Room), 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on this proceeding, contact Brendan Murray, Brendan.Murray@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418–1573 or Nancy Murphy, Nancy.Murphy@ fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, (202) 418– 1043. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be held on April 21, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Federal Communications Commission, Room TW–C305, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. The DSTAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that will ‘‘identify, report, and recommend performance objectives, technical capabilities, and technical standards of a not unduly burdensome, uniform, and technology- and platformneutral software-based downloadable security system.’’ The meeting on April 21, 2015 will be the third meeting of the DSTAC. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at http://www.fcc.gov/ live. The public may submit written comments before the meeting to Brendan Murray, DSTAC Designated mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Federal Officer, by email to DSTAC@ fcc.gov or by U.S. Postal Service Mail to 445 12th Street SW., Room 4–A726, Washington, DC 20554. Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via email to fcc504@fcc.gov or by calling the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (tty). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if it needs more information. Please allow at least five days’ advance notice; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–07842 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Notice of Proposals To Engage in Permissible Nonbanking Activities or To Acquire Companies That Are Engaged in Permissible Nonbanking Activities; Correction This notice corrects two notices (FR Doc. 2015–07170 and FR Doc. 2015– 07158) both published on page 16682 of the issue for Monday, March 30, 2015. Under the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago heading, the entries for First Business Financial Services, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, are revised to read as follows: A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. First Business Financial Services, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin; to engage de novo in certain community development activities by making a qualifying community welfare investment in a fund of funds, pursuant to section 225.28(b)(12)(i). Comments on this application must be received by April 14, 2015. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2015–07900 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE CODE 6210–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and section 225.41 of the Board’s Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)). The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than April 22, 2015. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacquelyn K. Brunmeier, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480– 0291: 1. Eric Ross Allen, Los Angeles, California; to acquire voting shares of Rum River Bancorporation, Inc., Milaca, Minnesota, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of The First National Bank of Milaca, Milaca, Minnesota. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2015–07902 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), under authority delegated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), proposes to amend its reporting form FR 2420 to expand the number of respondents and to collect additional data elements, in order to facilitate the Board’s ability to carry out its monetary policy and supervisory responsibilities. On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board its authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), to approve and to assign OMB control numbers to collection of information AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. Boardapproved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instruments are placed into OMB’s public docket files. The Board may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. A copy of the PRA OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB’s public docket files, once approved. These documents will also be made available on the Federal Reserve Board’s public Web site at: http:// www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested from the Federal Reserve Board Acting Clearance Officer, whose name appears below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 8, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR 2420, by any of the following methods: • Agency Web site: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ foia/proposedregs.aspx. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: regs.comments@ federalreserve.gov. Include OMB number in the subject line of the message. • FAX: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. • Mail: Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20551. All public comments are available from the Board’s Web site at http:// www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/ proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW.) Washington, DC 20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the OMB VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Desk Officer, Shagufta Ahmed, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Acting Clearance Officer, Mark Tokarski, Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452–3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263– 4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal The following information collection, which is being handled by the Board under OMB-delegated authority, has received initial Board approval and is hereby published for comment. At the end of the comment period, the proposed information collection, along with an analysis of comments and recommendations received, will be submitted to the Board for final approval under OMB-delegated authority. Comments are invited on the following: a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve’s functions; including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the Board’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and e. Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Proposal to approve under OMBdelegated authority the extension for three years, with revision, of the following report: Report title: Report of Selected Money Market Rates. Agency form number: FR 2420. OMB control number: 7100–0357. Frequency: Daily. Proposed Reporters: Domestically chartered commercial banks and thrifts that have $15 billion or more in total PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18621 assets, or $5 billion or more in assets and meet certain unsecured borrowing activity thresholds; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks with total third-party assets of $2.5 billion or more. Estimated annual reporting hours: Commercial banks and thrifts—42,300 hours; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks—35,100 hours; International Banking Facilities—19,750 hours; Significant banking organizations—900 hours. Estimated average hours per response: Commercial banks and thrifts—1.8 hours; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks—1.8 hours; International Banking Facilities—1.0 hour; Significant banking organizations—1.8 hours. Number of respondents: Commercial banks and thrifts—94; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks—78; International Banking Facilities—79; Significant banking organizations—2. General description of report: The FR 2420 is a mandatory report that is authorized by sections 9 and 11 of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 324 and 248(a)(2)), sections 7(c)(2) and 8(a) of the International Banking Act (12 U.S.C. 3105(c)(2) and 3106(a)), and section 5(c) of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 U.S.C. 1844(c)(1)(A)). Individual respondent data are regarded as confidential under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)). Abstract: The FR 2420 is a transaction-based report that currently collects daily liability data on federal funds transactions, Eurodollar transactions, and certificates of deposit (CDs) from (1) domestically chartered commercial banks and thrifts that have $26 billion or more in total assets and (2) U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks with total third-party assets of $900 million or more. FR 2420 data are used in the analysis of current money market conditions and will allow the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to calculate and publish interest rate statistics for selected money market instruments. Current Proposal: The Board seeks to amend the FR 2420 by altering reporting entity criteria, by changing certain definitions and reporting requirements, and by collecting additional data elements, as set forth more fully below under ‘‘Summary of Proposed Revisions.’’ These amendments would facilitate the Federal Reserve’s ability to carry out its monetary policy and supervisory responsibilities in several important respects. First, the proposed expanded data collection would improve unsecured money market monitoring and augment E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18622 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices the ability of the Federal Reserve to analyze these markets and implement monetary policy objectives established by the Board and the Federal Open Market Committee. Second, the proposed expanded data collection would provide broader and more detailed data for purposes of calculating the Federal Funds Effective Rate (FFER). The FR 2420 collection captures a greater share of federal funds activity than the brokered data that currently is used to construct the FFER, as depository institutions report both trades executed through brokers and those negotiated directly between counterparties. The data also allow for greater insight into the transactions underlying the federal funds rate, supporting a robust calculation process. The revised collection also would allow for the publication of an overnight bank funding rate that is calculated using transactions in both federal funds and Eurodollars. This additional rate will be published to increase the amount and quality of information available to the public about the overnight funding costs of U.S.-based banking offices.1 Third, the proposed expanded data collection would provide an important source of information on individual depository institutions’ borrowing rates, which is necessary for more effective monitoring of firm-specific liquidity risks for purposes of supervisory surveillance. Specifically, the amended FR 2420, as proposed, would provide complementary rate information that will not be collected going forward by either the Complex Institution Liquidity Monitoring Report (FR 2052a; OMB No. 7100–0361) or the Liquidity Monitoring Report (FR 2052b; OMB No. 7100– 0361). These FR 2052 reports currently collect consolidated liquidity information on depository institutions’ funding activities, and a limited amount of information on borrowing rates. Going forward, however, information contained on the FR 2420 would replace certain information currently gathered on the FR 2052a, as these data elements would be dropped from the FR 2052a collection. Pricing information on the FR 2052b will not change, as that data is not similar to FR 2420 data. The amended FR 2420 as proposed would offer greater insight on the borrowing costs for these liabilities. Proposed Effective Date: The Board proposes to implement the amended FR 2420 as of September 9, 2015. 1A more detailed description of the plans to change to the calculation process for the federal funds rate and publish the overnight bank funding rate can be found at: http://www.newyorkfed.org/ markets/opolicy/operating_policy_150202.html. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Summary of Proposed Revisions I. Reporting Criteria As specified below, the Board is proposing several changes to the reporting criteria, including (a) lowering the asset-size threshold for domestic depository institutions to report on the FR 2420, (b) raising the asset-size threshold for FBOs to report on the FR 2420, (c) adding an activity-based reporting criterion to capture meaningful activity of domestic depository institutions, (d) requiring FBOs to include the Eurodollar borrowings for certain Cayman or Nassau branches, and (e) requiring all FR 2420 respondents to submit separate reports for their International Banking Facilities (IBFs). Under this proposal, exceptions to the reporting criteria may be made for those institutions that meet the asset size threshold but that demonstrate that they have an ongoing business model that results in a negligible amount of activity in these markets. In addition, an institution that did not meet the asset size threshold at the time of the most recent asset threshold review may be required to begin reporting transactions on the FR 2420 if its transactions consistently place it within the threshold levels. a. U.S. Bank Asset Size Threshold The Board proposes to reduce the current asset threshold for domestic depository institutions to report on the FR 2420 from $26 billion or more in total assets to $15 billion or more in total assets. An important segment of federal funds activity that occurs at relatively high rates is not currently captured on the FR 2420 reporting sample because this activity is undertaken by domestic depository institutions with total assets that fall below the $26 billion reporting threshold. Expanding the current FR 2420 reporting panel to capture this activity is necessary to enhance the representativeness of the data collection, in particular for purposes of calculating the FFER. This proposed lower threshold is intended to balance the need for more comprehensive data against the reporting burden to the affected depository institutions. Specifically, it is anticipated that the proposed lower threshold would add approximately 34 domestic banks to the pool of FR 2420 respondents. b. FBO Asset Size Threshold The Board proposes to increase the asset size threshold for FBOs to report on the FR 2420 from $900 million in third-party assets to $2.5 billion in PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 third-party assets. This increased threshold would reduce the reporting panel by roughly 31 FBOs, many of which have reported a negligible amount of unsecured borrowing activity each day on the FR 2420. This proposal is intended to reduce reporting burden for these institutions. c. U.S. Bank Activity Threshold The Board proposes to require domestic depository institutions with total assets ranging from $5 billion to $15 billion and federal funds activity of more than $200 million on more than two days during the preceding three months to report on all parts of the FR 2420. It is anticipated that there would be a modest number of institutions added to the FR 2420 reporting panel under this proposal. This activity threshold is intended to capture only domestic depository institutions in the specified asset range that are active borrowers in federal funds. d. Managed and Controlled Cayman and Nassau Branches The Board proposes to require FBOs to include the Eurodollar borrowings for any ‘‘managed and controlled’’ branches located in the Cayman Islands or Nassau, Bahamas (Cayman and Nassau branches) with more than $2 billion in total assets on the FBO’s FR 2420 report.2 ‘‘Managed and controlled’’ branches are those branches for which the FBO files an FFIEC 002S (OMB No. 7100–0032). Cayman and Nassau branches within this specification are maintained by both domestic depository institutions and FBOs to support funding for their U.S. operations with Eurodollar liabilities. The FR 2420 currently captures Cayman and Nassau branch activity of a domestic parent with over $2 billion in assets, but not Cayman and Nassau branch activity of FBOs where those branches are managed and controlled by the FBO’s New York branch. The data proposed to be reported on the FR 2420 from these branches are believed to represent a significant portion of the Eurodollar trading activity executed in the U.S. and are an important source of information 2 Currently, all ‘‘managed and controlled’’ branches of FBOs reporting on the FR 2420 are located in the Cayman Islands or Nassau, Bahamas. However, the Board may determine that a FBO branch outside of these two locations but within the Caribbean generally should report on the FR 2420 if the majority of the responsibility for business decisions, including but not limited to decisions with regard to lending or asset management or funding or liability management, or the responsibility for recordkeeping in respect of assets or liabilities for that FBO branch, resides at a FBO that reports on the FR 2420. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices on the funding activity of foreign banks’ U.S. operations. e. International Banking Facilities The Board proposes to require all FR 2420 respondents to submit a separate report (Schedule B only) for the Eurodollar borrowings of their IBFs. IBFs enable U.S. depository institutions to take foreign deposits (Eurodollars) in a U.S. office. The Board proposes to capture the Eurodollar activity of these entities on Schedule B of the FR 2420. The borrowings by these entities currently are believed to represent a modest proportion of overall Eurodollar activity; however, IBFs can be an important element of the overnight Eurodollar market facilitating transactions with international financial and official institutions. II. Proposed Revisions Applicable to All Parts of the FR 2420 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES a. Counterparty Type The Board proposes to add a reporting field to the FR 2420 that would require respondents to identify counterparties by seven specified ‘‘counterparty type’’ categories. Understanding counterparty types would improve the assessments of which types of firms are providing funding to depository institutions. Information on counterparty type would be particularly critical during times of stress, when certain lender groups may reduce available funding. The following are the proposed FR 2420 counterparty designations, which are based on Call Report and FR 2900 definitions.3 The number of counterparty designations used for each schedule of the FR 2420 varies based on the definition of the different transaction types: • U.S. depository institutions (includes their foreign branches and IBFs) • U.S. branches and agencies of FBOs • Foreign banks (includes IBFs of FBOs and Cayman and Nassau branches ‘‘managed and controlled’’ by the FBOs.) • Non-depository financial institutions, not including federallysponsored lending agencies • Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) • Non-financial corporates • Other b. Trade Date and Settlement Date The Board proposes to add ‘‘trade date’’ and ‘‘settlement date’’ report fields to the FR 2420. Capturing a trade date field would affirm the actual trade 3 The definition for non-financial corporates is taken from the FR 2052 Liquidity Monitoring reports. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 date and would help to ensure the accuracy of other report elements. Settlement date is necessary to calculate the settlement period for forward starting transactions. c. Forward Starting Transactions Currently, the FR 2420 only requires reporting of transactions settling on a spot basis. For federal funds and Eurodollars, spot basis settlement represents same-day settlement and, for CDs, two-day forward settlement. In order to capture the full complement of money market activity, the Board proposes to require reporting of transactions that settle on dates that do not conform to the spot convention; that is, to require reporting of transactions that settle beyond the day of trade execution for federal funds and Eurodollar transactions and on days other than two days after execution for CD transactions. III. Proposed Revisions Applicable to FR 2420 Part A (Federal Funds) Currently, Part A of the FR 2420 report requires respondents to report all unsecured borrowings of U.S. dollars made to the reporting institution’s U.S. offices on the report date, less deposits (as defined in the Call Report), debt instruments, and repurchase agreements. The Board proposes to amend the definition of ‘‘federal funds’’ applicable to the FR 2420 to correspond to a narrower set of transactions that is consistent with the provisions of the Board’s Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions, 12 CFR part 204). Under the current definition, some FR 2420 respondents are reporting domestic borrowing transactions as federal funds borrowing that do not fall under the federal funds exemption outlined in Regulation D. Aligning the definition of ‘‘federal funds transactions’’ in Part A of the FR 2420 with the ‘‘federal funds’’ exemption in Regulation D would improve the correspondence between the reported transactions and liabilities that are exempt from reserve requirements. IV. Proposed Revisions Applicable to FR 2420 Part AA (Wholesale Borrowings) The Board proposes to add a new Schedule AA to the FR 2420 report to capture selected unsecured wholesale borrowings that are currently being reported as federal funds borrowing on the FR 2420, but would not be included under the proposed federal funds definition described above. For example, a direct borrowing from a corporate lender would be included as a ‘‘federal funds borrowing’’ under the FR 2420’s current definition of ‘‘federal PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18623 funds,’’ but would not be included under the proposed ‘‘federal funds’’ definition described above. The proposed Schedule AA would continue to capture these non-deposit transactions but would re-categorize them as ‘‘wholesale borrowings.’’ These transactions represent a small, but potentially important, alternate source of information on depository institutions’ funding costs. As these transactions are already reported on the current FR 2420 report, there should be minimal additional burden involved with reporting those same transactions on the proposed schedule to the report. V. Reporting Requirements Applicable to FR 2420 Part B (Eurodollars) The Board proposes to add an ‘‘office identifier’’ field to the FR 2420 to identify the non-U.S. branch that booked each Eurodollar deposit. Currently, the FR 2420 requires respondents to report transactions from all non-U.S. branches of domestic institutions with more than $2 billion in total assets as Eurodollar transactions. Some of these transactions, however, are booked in countries with dollar deposit rates that are substantially different than the dollar deposit rates booked in Cayman or Nassau branches. For purposes of monitoring U.S.-based funding conditions and supporting the calculation of the overnight bank funding rate (OBFR), it is necessary to identify the branch that booked the transaction. Accordingly, the proposal would add an ‘‘office identifier’’ field to the FR 2420 to identify the non-U.S. branch that booked each Eurodollar deposit. VI. Reporting Requirements Applicable to FR 2420 Part C (Time Deposits and CDs) a. Definition for CDs The Board proposes to require FR 2420 respondents to report all time deposits and certificates of deposit with a term equal to or greater than 7 days in Schedule C, regardless of whether the respondent labels them as ‘‘CDs’’ or ‘‘term time deposits.’’ The current FR 2420 instructions only require that ‘‘certificates of deposit’’ be reported. Discussions with market participants, however, have revealed that there is little distinction between a nonnegotiable CD and a time deposit. In addition, some market participants have specifically not reported borrowings designated as ‘‘term time deposits’’ because they were not internally characterized as CDs. The proposed amendment will ensure more complete reporting of the relevant data. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 18624 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices b. Interest Rate Spread FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Currently, the FR 2420 report does not have an ‘‘interest rate spread’’ reporting field. Without this field, the underlying value of the reference rate and spread components cannot be determined with certainty. Accordingly, the Board proposes to add an ‘‘interest rate spread’’ field to the FR 2420 report. This new reporting field will enable calculation of the value of the underlying reference rate without looking up the reference rate in an additional data source. This field would be labelled ‘NA’ for fixed-rate CDs. Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies c. Option Identifiers and Step-Up Indicator mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Board proposes to add report fields to the FR 2420 that would identify CDs with embedded options as well as CDs and time deposits with rates that change over the term of the CD. CDs with options are becoming an increasingly important financial instrument with growing issuance, particularly in products with options to extend the maturity date. One additional data field would need to be added to identify instruments with embedded options. In addition, experience with the current data suggests that there is also a segment of the CD market with rates that rise or ‘‘step up’’ over the course of the instrument’s life. An additional field would be necessary to identify these transactions. These fields could be particularly important for informing the use of CD rates in the calculation of reference rates, as options affect the comparability of instruments to others with the same stated maturity dates. • CDs with embedded options would be identified under the proposal with an additional field that would capture the type of option, specifically ‘callable,’ ‘puttable,’ ‘extendable,’ and ‘other,’ or indicate ‘NA’ for CDs without embedded options. • Rates that will rise or fall over the life of the time deposit or CD based on a pre-arranged agreement would be identified under the proposal with an additional field that would be a ‘Y’ or ‘N’ step-up indicator. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2015. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2015–07920 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE CODE 6210–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 1, 2015. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Nadine Wallman, Vice President) 1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44101–2566: 1. Farmers National Banc Corp, Canfield, Ohio; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of National Bancshares Corp, Orrville, Ohio and thereby indirectly acquire First National Bank, Orrville, Ohio. B. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Chapelle Davis, Assistant Vice President) 1000 Peachtree Street NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30309: 1. American Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Breman, Georgia; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of ProBank, Tallahassee, Florida. C. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacquelyn K. Brunmeier, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480–0291: 1. Inter-Mountain Bancorp, Inc., Bozeman, Montana; to merge with Teton Bancshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire Teton Banks, both in Fairfield, Montana. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2015–07901 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [30Day–15–0740] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The notice for the proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address any of the following: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses; and (e) Assess information collection costs. To request additional information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call (404) 639–7570 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice should be directed to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), 
under authority delegated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
proposes to amend its reporting form FR 2420 to expand the number of 
respondents and to collect additional data elements, in order to 
facilitate the Board's ability to carry out its monetary policy and 
supervisory responsibilities.
    On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board its authority under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), to approve and to assign OMB control 
numbers to collection of information

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requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. Board-
approved collections of information are incorporated into the official 
OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and 
approved collection of information instruments are placed into OMB's 
public docket files. The Board may not conduct or sponsor, and the 
respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection 
that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 
1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. A copy 
of the PRA OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and 
instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be 
placed into OMB's public docket files, once approved. These documents 
will also be made available on the Federal Reserve Board's public Web 
site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/reportforms/review.aspx or 
may be requested from the Federal Reserve Board Acting Clearance 
Officer, whose name appears below.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 8, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR 2420, by any of 
the following methods:
     Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include OMB 
number in the subject line of the message.
     FAX: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary, Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx as submitted, 
unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will 
not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public 
comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 
3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW.) Washington, DC 
20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 
OMB Desk Officer, Shagufta Ahmed, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office 
Building, Room 10235 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by 
fax to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Acting Clearance 
Officer, Mark Tokarski, Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 
452-3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may 
contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, Washington, DC 20551.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

    The following information collection, which is being handled by the 
Board under OMB-delegated authority, has received initial Board 
approval and is hereby published for comment. At the end of the comment 
period, the proposed information collection, along with an analysis of 
comments and recommendations received, will be submitted to the Board 
for final approval under OMB-delegated authority. Comments are invited 
on the following:
    a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the Federal Reserve's functions; including 
whether the information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the Board's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    e. Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

Proposal to approve under OMB-delegated authority the extension for 
three years, with revision, of the following report:

    Report title: Report of Selected Money Market Rates.
    Agency form number: FR 2420.
    OMB control number: 7100-0357.
    Frequency: Daily.
    Proposed Reporters: Domestically chartered commercial banks and 
thrifts that have $15 billion or more in total assets, or $5 billion or 
more in assets and meet certain unsecured borrowing activity 
thresholds; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks with total 
third-party assets of $2.5 billion or more.
    Estimated annual reporting hours: Commercial banks and thrifts--
42,300 hours; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks--35,100 
hours; International Banking Facilities--19,750 hours; Significant 
banking organizations--900 hours.
    Estimated average hours per response: Commercial banks and 
thrifts--1.8 hours; U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks--1.8 
hours; International Banking Facilities--1.0 hour; Significant banking 
organizations--1.8 hours.
    Number of respondents: Commercial banks and thrifts--94; U.S. 
branches and agencies of foreign banks--78; International Banking 
Facilities--79; Significant banking organizations--2.
    General description of report: The FR 2420 is a mandatory report 
that is authorized by sections 9 and 11 of the Federal Reserve Act (12 
U.S.C. 324 and 248(a)(2)), sections 7(c)(2) and 8(a) of the 
International Banking Act (12 U.S.C. 3105(c)(2) and 3106(a)), and 
section 5(c) of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 U.S.C. 1844(c)(1)(A)). 
Individual respondent data are regarded as confidential under the 
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)).
    Abstract: The FR 2420 is a transaction-based report that currently 
collects daily liability data on federal funds transactions, Eurodollar 
transactions, and certificates of deposit (CDs) from (1) domestically 
chartered commercial banks and thrifts that have $26 billion or more in 
total assets and (2) U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks with 
total third-party assets of $900 million or more. FR 2420 data are used 
in the analysis of current money market conditions and will allow the 
Federal Reserve Bank of New York to calculate and publish interest rate 
statistics for selected money market instruments.
    Current Proposal: The Board seeks to amend the FR 2420 by altering 
reporting entity criteria, by changing certain definitions and 
reporting requirements, and by collecting additional data elements, as 
set forth more fully below under ``Summary of Proposed Revisions.'' 
These amendments would facilitate the Federal Reserve's ability to 
carry out its monetary policy and supervisory responsibilities in 
several important respects.
    First, the proposed expanded data collection would improve 
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the ability of the Federal Reserve to analyze these markets and 
implement monetary policy objectives established by the Board and the 
Federal Open Market Committee.
    Second, the proposed expanded data collection would provide broader 
and more detailed data for purposes of calculating the Federal Funds 
Effective Rate (FFER). The FR 2420 collection captures a greater share 
of federal funds activity than the brokered data that currently is used 
to construct the FFER, as depository institutions report both trades 
executed through brokers and those negotiated directly between 
counterparties. The data also allow for greater insight into the 
transactions underlying the federal funds rate, supporting a robust 
calculation process.
    The revised collection also would allow for the publication of an 
overnight bank funding rate that is calculated using transactions in 
both federal funds and Eurodollars. This additional rate will be 
published to increase the amount and quality of information available 
to the public about the overnight funding costs of U.S.-based banking 
offices.\1\
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calculation process for the federal funds rate and publish the 
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    Third, the proposed expanded data collection would provide an 
important source of information on individual depository institutions' 
borrowing rates, which is necessary for more effective monitoring of 
firm-specific liquidity risks for purposes of supervisory surveillance. 
Specifically, the amended FR 2420, as proposed, would provide 
complementary rate information that will not be collected going forward 
by either the Complex Institution Liquidity Monitoring Report (FR 
2052a; OMB No. 7100-0361) or the Liquidity Monitoring Report (FR 2052b; 
OMB No. 7100-0361). These FR 2052 reports currently collect 
consolidated liquidity information on depository institutions' funding 
activities, and a limited amount of information on borrowing rates. 
Going forward, however, information contained on the FR 2420 would 
replace certain information currently gathered on the FR 2052a, as 
these data elements would be dropped from the FR 2052a collection. 
Pricing information on the FR 2052b will not change, as that data is 
not similar to FR 2420 data. The amended FR 2420 as proposed would 
offer greater insight on the borrowing costs for these liabilities.
    Proposed Effective Date: The Board proposes to implement the 
amended FR 2420 as of September 9, 2015.

Summary of Proposed Revisions

I. Reporting Criteria

    As specified below, the Board is proposing several changes to the 
reporting criteria, including (a) lowering the asset-size threshold for 
domestic depository institutions to report on the FR 2420, (b) raising 
the asset-size threshold for FBOs to report on the FR 2420, (c) adding 
an activity-based reporting criterion to capture meaningful activity of 
domestic depository institutions, (d) requiring FBOs to include the 
Eurodollar borrowings for certain Cayman or Nassau branches, and (e) 
requiring all FR 2420 respondents to submit separate reports for their 
International Banking Facilities (IBFs).
    Under this proposal, exceptions to the reporting criteria may be 
made for those institutions that meet the asset size threshold but that 
demonstrate that they have an ongoing business model that results in a 
negligible amount of activity in these markets. In addition, an 
institution that did not meet the asset size threshold at the time of 
the most recent asset threshold review may be required to begin 
reporting transactions on the FR 2420 if its transactions consistently 
place it within the threshold levels.
a. U.S. Bank Asset Size Threshold
    The Board proposes to reduce the current asset threshold for 
domestic depository institutions to report on the FR 2420 from $26 
billion or more in total assets to $15 billion or more in total assets. 
An important segment of federal funds activity that occurs at 
relatively high rates is not currently captured on the FR 2420 
reporting sample because this activity is undertaken by domestic 
depository institutions with total assets that fall below the $26 
billion reporting threshold. Expanding the current FR 2420 reporting 
panel to capture this activity is necessary to enhance the 
representativeness of the data collection, in particular for purposes 
of calculating the FFER. This proposed lower threshold is intended to 
balance the need for more comprehensive data against the reporting 
burden to the affected depository institutions. Specifically, it is 
anticipated that the proposed lower threshold would add approximately 
34 domestic banks to the pool of FR 2420 respondents.
b. FBO Asset Size Threshold
    The Board proposes to increase the asset size threshold for FBOs to 
report on the FR 2420 from $900 million in third-party assets to $2.5 
billion in third-party assets. This increased threshold would reduce 
the reporting panel by roughly 31 FBOs, many of which have reported a 
negligible amount of unsecured borrowing activity each day on the FR 
2420. This proposal is intended to reduce reporting burden for these 
institutions.
c. U.S. Bank Activity Threshold
    The Board proposes to require domestic depository institutions with 
total assets ranging from $5 billion to $15 billion and federal funds 
activity of more than $200 million on more than two days during the 
preceding three months to report on all parts of the FR 2420. It is 
anticipated that there would be a modest number of institutions added 
to the FR 2420 reporting panel under this proposal. This activity 
threshold is intended to capture only domestic depository institutions 
in the specified asset range that are active borrowers in federal 
funds.
d. Managed and Controlled Cayman and Nassau Branches
    The Board proposes to require FBOs to include the Eurodollar 
borrowings for any ``managed and controlled'' branches located in the 
Cayman Islands or Nassau, Bahamas (Cayman and Nassau branches) with 
more than $2 billion in total assets on the FBO's FR 2420 report.\2\ 
``Managed and controlled'' branches are those branches for which the 
FBO files an FFIEC 002S (OMB No. 7100-0032). Cayman and Nassau branches 
within this specification are maintained by both domestic depository 
institutions and FBOs to support funding for their U.S. operations with 
Eurodollar liabilities. The FR 2420 currently captures Cayman and 
Nassau branch activity of a domestic parent with over $2 billion in 
assets, but not Cayman and Nassau branch activity of FBOs where those 
branches are managed and controlled by the FBO's New York branch. The 
data proposed to be reported on the FR 2420 from these branches are 
believed to represent a significant portion of the Eurodollar trading 
activity executed in the U.S. and are an important source of 
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    \2\ Currently, all ``managed and controlled'' branches of FBOs 
reporting on the FR 2420 are located in the Cayman Islands or 
Nassau, Bahamas. However, the Board may determine that a FBO branch 
outside of these two locations but within the Caribbean generally 
should report on the FR 2420 if the majority of the responsibility 
for business decisions, including but not limited to decisions with 
regard to lending or asset management or funding or liability 
management, or the responsibility for recordkeeping in respect of 
assets or liabilities for that FBO branch, resides at a FBO that 
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e. International Banking Facilities
    The Board proposes to require all FR 2420 respondents to submit a 
separate report (Schedule B only) for the Eurodollar borrowings of 
their IBFs. IBFs enable U.S. depository institutions to take foreign 
deposits (Eurodollars) in a U.S. office. The Board proposes to capture 
the Eurodollar activity of these entities on Schedule B of the FR 2420. 
The borrowings by these entities currently are believed to represent a 
modest proportion of overall Eurodollar activity; however, IBFs can be 
an important element of the overnight Eurodollar market facilitating 
transactions with international financial and official institutions.

II. Proposed Revisions Applicable to All Parts of the FR 2420

a. Counterparty Type
    The Board proposes to add a reporting field to the FR 2420 that 
would require respondents to identify counterparties by seven specified 
``counterparty type'' categories. Understanding counterparty types 
would improve the assessments of which types of firms are providing 
funding to depository institutions. Information on counterparty type 
would be particularly critical during times of stress, when certain 
lender groups may reduce available funding. The following are the 
proposed FR 2420 counterparty designations, which are based on Call 
Report and FR 2900 definitions.\3\ The number of counterparty 
designations used for each schedule of the FR 2420 varies based on the 
definition of the different transaction types:
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     U.S. depository institutions (includes their foreign 
branches and IBFs)
     U.S. branches and agencies of FBOs
     Foreign banks (includes IBFs of FBOs and Cayman and Nassau 
branches ``managed and controlled'' by the FBOs.)
     Non-depository financial institutions, not including 
federally-sponsored lending agencies
     Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs)
     Non-financial corporates
     Other
b. Trade Date and Settlement Date
    The Board proposes to add ``trade date'' and ``settlement date'' 
report fields to the FR 2420. Capturing a trade date field would affirm 
the actual trade date and would help to ensure the accuracy of other 
report elements. Settlement date is necessary to calculate the 
settlement period for forward starting transactions.
c. Forward Starting Transactions
    Currently, the FR 2420 only requires reporting of transactions 
settling on a spot basis. For federal funds and Eurodollars, spot basis 
settlement represents same-day settlement and, for CDs, two-day forward 
settlement. In order to capture the full complement of money market 
activity, the Board proposes to require reporting of transactions that 
settle on dates that do not conform to the spot convention; that is, to 
require reporting of transactions that settle beyond the day of trade 
execution for federal funds and Eurodollar transactions and on days 
other than two days after execution for CD transactions.

III. Proposed Revisions Applicable to FR 2420 Part A (Federal Funds)

    Currently, Part A of the FR 2420 report requires respondents to 
report all unsecured borrowings of U.S. dollars made to the reporting 
institution's U.S. offices on the report date, less deposits (as 
defined in the Call Report), debt instruments, and repurchase 
agreements. The Board proposes to amend the definition of ``federal 
funds'' applicable to the FR 2420 to correspond to a narrower set of 
transactions that is consistent with the provisions of the Board's 
Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions, 12 CFR 
part 204). Under the current definition, some FR 2420 respondents are 
reporting domestic borrowing transactions as federal funds borrowing 
that do not fall under the federal funds exemption outlined in 
Regulation D. Aligning the definition of ``federal funds transactions'' 
in Part A of the FR 2420 with the ``federal funds'' exemption in 
Regulation D would improve the correspondence between the reported 
transactions and liabilities that are exempt from reserve requirements.

IV. Proposed Revisions Applicable to FR 2420 Part AA (Wholesale 
Borrowings)

    The Board proposes to add a new Schedule AA to the FR 2420 report 
to capture selected unsecured wholesale borrowings that are currently 
being reported as federal funds borrowing on the FR 2420, but would not 
be included under the proposed federal funds definition described 
above. For example, a direct borrowing from a corporate lender would be 
included as a ``federal funds borrowing'' under the FR 2420's current 
definition of ``federal funds,'' but would not be included under the 
proposed ``federal funds'' definition described above. The proposed 
Schedule AA would continue to capture these non-deposit transactions 
but would re-categorize them as ``wholesale borrowings.'' These 
transactions represent a small, but potentially important, alternate 
source of information on depository institutions' funding costs. As 
these transactions are already reported on the current FR 2420 report, 
there should be minimal additional burden involved with reporting those 
same transactions on the proposed schedule to the report.

V. Reporting Requirements Applicable to FR 2420 Part B (Eurodollars)

    The Board proposes to add an ``office identifier'' field to the FR 
2420 to identify the non-U.S. branch that booked each Eurodollar 
deposit. Currently, the FR 2420 requires respondents to report 
transactions from all non-U.S. branches of domestic institutions with 
more than $2 billion in total assets as Eurodollar transactions. Some 
of these transactions, however, are booked in countries with dollar 
deposit rates that are substantially different than the dollar deposit 
rates booked in Cayman or Nassau branches. For purposes of monitoring 
U.S.-based funding conditions and supporting the calculation of the 
overnight bank funding rate (OBFR), it is necessary to identify the 
branch that booked the transaction. Accordingly, the proposal would add 
an ``office identifier'' field to the FR 2420 to identify the non-U.S. 
branch that booked each Eurodollar deposit.

VI. Reporting Requirements Applicable to FR 2420 Part C (Time Deposits 
and CDs)

a. Definition for CDs
    The Board proposes to require FR 2420 respondents to report all 
time deposits and certificates of deposit with a term equal to or 
greater than 7 days in Schedule C, regardless of whether the respondent 
labels them as ``CDs'' or ``term time deposits.'' The current FR 2420 
instructions only require that ``certificates of deposit'' be reported. 
Discussions with market participants, however, have revealed that there 
is little distinction between a non-negotiable CD and a time deposit. 
In addition, some market participants have specifically not reported 
borrowings designated as ``term time deposits'' because they were not 
internally characterized as CDs. The proposed amendment will ensure 
more complete reporting of the relevant data.

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b. Interest Rate Spread
    Currently, the FR 2420 report does not have an ``interest rate 
spread'' reporting field. Without this field, the underlying value of 
the reference rate and spread components cannot be determined with 
certainty. Accordingly, the Board proposes to add an ``interest rate 
spread'' field to the FR 2420 report. This new reporting field will 
enable calculation of the value of the underlying reference rate 
without looking up the reference rate in an additional data source. 
This field would be labelled `NA' for fixed-rate CDs.
c. Option Identifiers and Step-Up Indicator
    The Board proposes to add report fields to the FR 2420 that would 
identify CDs with embedded options as well as CDs and time deposits 
with rates that change over the term of the CD. CDs with options are 
becoming an increasingly important financial instrument with growing 
issuance, particularly in products with options to extend the maturity 
date. One additional data field would need to be added to identify 
instruments with embedded options. In addition, experience with the 
current data suggests that there is also a segment of the CD market 
with rates that rise or ``step up'' over the course of the instrument's 
life. An additional field would be necessary to identify these 
transactions. These fields could be particularly important for 
informing the use of CD rates in the calculation of reference rates, as 
options affect the comparability of instruments to others with the same 
stated maturity dates.
     CDs with embedded options would be identified under the 
proposal with an additional field that would capture the type of 
option, specifically `callable,' `puttable,' `extendable,' and `other,' 
or indicate `NA' for CDs without embedded options.
     Rates that will rise or fall over the life of the time 
deposit or CD based on a pre-arranged agreement would be identified 
under the proposal with an additional field that would be a `Y' or `N' 
step-up indicator.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2015.
Robert deV. Frierson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2015-07920 Filed 4-6-15; 8:45 am]
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