Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) Adjustment to Asset-Size Exemption Threshold, 93581-93583 [2016-30730]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations for public comment are unnecessary. Therefore, the amendment is adopted in final form. Section 553(d) of the APA generally requires publication of a final rule not less than 30 days before its effective date, except (1) a substantive rule which grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction; (2) interpretive rules and statements of policy; or (3) as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. 5 U.S.C. 553(d). At a minimum, the Bureau believes the amendments fall under the third exception to section 553(d). The Bureau finds that there is good cause to make the amendments effective on January 1, 2017. The amendment in this final rule is technical and non-discretionary, and it applies the method previously established in the agency’s regulations for determining adjustments to the threshold. II. Procedural Requirements asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES the public. The Bureau’s Regulation C (12 CFR part 1003) implements HMDA. Prior to 1997, HMDA exempted certain depository institutions as defined in HMDA (i.e., banks, savings associations, and credit unions) with assets totaling $10 million or less as of the preceding year-end. In 1996, HMDA was amended to expand the asset-size exemption for these depository institutions. 12 U.S.C. 2808(b). The amendment increased the dollar amount of the asset-size exemption threshold by requiring a one-time adjustment of the $10 million figure based on the percentage by which the CPI–W for 1996 exceeded the CPI–W for 1975, and it provided for annual adjustments thereafter based on the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, rounded to the nearest multiple of $1 million. The definition of ‘‘financial institution’’ in § 1003.2 provides that the Bureau will adjust the asset threshold based on the year-to-year change in the average of the CPI–W, not seasonally adjusted, for each 12-month period ending in November, rounded to the nearest $1 million. For 2016, the threshold was $44 million. During the 12-month period ending in November 2016, the average of the CPI–W increased by 0.8 percent. This increase results in no change to the asset-size threshold when rounded to the nearest $1 million. Thus, the exemption threshold will remain at $44 million. Therefore, banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets of $44 million or less as of December 31, 2016, are exempt from collecting data in 2017. An institution’s exemption from collecting data in 2017 does not affect its responsibility to report data it was required to collect in 2016. Authority and Issuance A. Administrative Procedure Act Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), notice and opportunity for public comment are not required if the Bureau finds that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). Pursuant to this final rule, comment 2(Financial institution)-2 in Regulation C, supplement I, is amended to update the exemption threshold. The amendment in this final rule is technical and nondiscretionary, and it merely applies the formula established by Regulation C for determining any adjustments to the exemption threshold. For these reasons, the Bureau has determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity For the reasons set forth above, the Bureau amends Regulation C, 12 CFR part 1003, as set forth below: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 B. Regulatory Flexibility Act Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the Regulatory Flexibility Act does not require an initial or final regulatory flexibility analysis. 5 U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a). C. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320), the agency reviewed this final rule. No collections of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final rule. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1003 Banking, Banks, Credit unions, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations. PART 1003—HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE (REGULATION C) 1. The authority citation for part 1003 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 2803, 2804, 2805, 5512, 5581. 2. In Supplement I to Part 1003, under Section 1003.2—Definitions, under the definition ‘‘Financial institution’’, paragraph 2 is revised to read as follows: ■ Supplement I to Part 1003—Staff Commentary * PO 00000 * * Frm 00011 * Fmt 4700 * Sfmt 4700 93581 Section 1003.2—Definitions * * * * * Financial institution. * * * * * 2. Adjustment of exemption threshold for banks, savings associations, and credit unions. For data collection in 2017, the assetsize exemption threshold is $44 million. Banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets at or below $44 million as of December 31, 2016, are exempt from collecting data for 2017. * * * * * Dated: December 15, 2016. Richard Cordray, Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2016–30731 Filed 12–19–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION 12 CFR Part 1026 Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) Adjustment to Asset-Size Exemption Threshold Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Final rule; official interpretation. AGENCY: The Bureau is amending the official commentary that interprets the requirements of the Bureau’s Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) to reflect a change in the asset-size threshold for certain creditors to qualify for an exemption to the requirement to establish an escrow account for a higher-priced mortgage loan based on the annual percentage change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) for the 12month period ending in November. The exemption threshold is adjusted to increase to $2.069 billion from $2.052 billion. The adjustment is based on the .8 percent increase in the average of the CPI–W for the 12-month period ending in November 2016. Therefore, creditors with assets of less than $2.069 billion (including assets of certain affiliates) as of December 31, 2016, are exempt, if other requirements of Regulation Z also are met, from establishing escrow accounts for higher-priced mortgage loans in 2017. This asset limit will also apply during a grace period, in certain circumstances, with respect to transactions with applications received before April 1 of 2018. The adjustment to the escrows exemption asset-size threshold will also increase a similar threshold for small-creditor portfolio and balloon-payment qualified mortgages. Balloon-payment qualified SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93582 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations mortgages that satisfy all applicable criteria, including being made by creditors that have (together with certain affiliates) total assets below the threshold, are also excepted from the prohibition on balloon payments for high-cost mortgages. DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Maier, Counsel, Office of Regulations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552, at (202) 435– 7700. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DoddFrank Act) amended TILA to add section 129D(a), which contains a general requirement that an escrow account be established by a creditor to pay for property taxes and insurance premiums for certain first-lien higherpriced mortgage loan transactions. TILA section 129D also generally permits an exemption from the higher-priced mortgage loan escrow requirement for a creditor that meets certain requirements, including any asset-size threshold the Bureau may establish. In the 2013 Escrows Final Rule,1 the Bureau established such an asset-size threshold of $2 billion, which would adjust automatically each year, based on the year-to-year change in the average of the CPI–W for each 12-month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest million dollars.2 In 2015, the Bureau revised the criteria for small creditors, and rural and underserved areas, for purposes of certain special provisions and exemptions from various requirements provided to certain small creditors under the Bureau’s mortgage rules.3 As part of this revision the Bureau made certain changes that affect how the asset-size threshold applies. The Bureau revised § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C) and its accompanying commentary to include in the calculation of the asset-size threshold the assets of the creditor’s affiliates that regularly extended covered transactions secured by first liens during the applicable period. The Bureau also added a grace period from calendar year to calendar year to allow an otherwise eligible creditor that exceeded the asset limit in the preceding calendar year (but not in the calendar year before the preceding year) 1 78 FR 4726 (Jan. 22, 2013). 12 CFR 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C). 3 See 80 FR 59943 (Oct. 2, 2015). 2 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 to continue to operate as a small creditor with respect to transactions with applications received before April 1 of the current calendar year.4 5 For 2016, the threshold was $2.052 billion. During the 12-month period ending in November 2016, the average of the CPI– W increased by .8 percent. As a result, the exemption threshold is increased to $2.069 billion for 2017. Thus, if the creditor’s assets together with the assets of its affiliates that regularly extended first-lien covered transactions during calendar year 2016 are less than $2.069 billion on December 31, 2016, and it meets the other requirements of § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii), it will be exempt in 2017 from the escrow-accounts requirement for higher-priced mortgage loans and will also be exempt from the escrow-accounts requirement for higherpriced mortgage loans for purposes of any loan consummated in 2018 for which the application was received before April 1, 2018. The adjustment to the escrows exemption asset-size threshold will also increase the threshold for small-creditor portfolio and balloon-payment qualified mortgages under Regulation Z. The requirements for small-creditor portfolio qualified mortgages at § 1026.43(e)(5)(i)(D) reference the asset threshold in § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C). Likewise, the requirements for balloonpayment qualified mortgages at § 1026.43(f)(1)(vi) reference the asset threshold in § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C). Under § 1026.32(d)(1)(ii)(C), balloonpayment qualified mortgages that satisfy all applicable criteria in § 1026.43(f)(1)(i) through (vi) and (f)(2), including being made by creditors that have (together with certain affiliates) total assets below the threshold in § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C), are also excepted from the prohibition on balloon payments for high-cost mortgages. interest. 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). Pursuant to this final rule, comment 35(b)(2)(iii)–1 in Regulation Z is amended to update the exemption threshold. The amendment in this final rule is technical and merely applies the formula previously established in Regulation Z for determining any adjustments to the exemption threshold. For these reasons, the Bureau has determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. Therefore, the amendment is adopted in final form. Section 553(d) of the APA generally requires publication of a final rule not less than 30 days before its effective date, except (1) a substantive rule which grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction; (2) interpretive rules and statements of policy; or (3) as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. 5 U.S.C. 553(d). At a minimum, the Bureau believes the amendments fall under the third exception to section 553(d). The Bureau finds that there is good cause to make the amendments effective on January 1, 2017. The amendment in this notice is technical and applies the method previously established in the agency’s regulations for automatic adjustments to the threshold. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the Regulatory Flexibility Act does not require an initial or final regulatory flexibility analysis. 5 U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a). C. Paperwork Reduction Act II. Procedural Requirements In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320), the agency reviewed this final rule. No collections of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in the final rule. A. Administrative Procedure Act List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1026 Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), notice and opportunity for public comment are not required if the Bureau finds that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public Advertising, Appraisal, Appraiser, Banking, Banks, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit unions, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations, Truth in lending. 4 See 80 FR 59943, 59951 (Oct. 2, 2015). Bureau also issued an interim final rule in March 2016 to revise certain provisions in Regulation Z to effectuate the HELP Rural Communities Act’s amendments to TILA (Pub. L. 114–94, section 89003 (2015)). The rule broadened the cohort of creditors that may be eligible under TILA for the special provisions allowing origination of balloon-payment qualified mortgages and balloon-payment high-cost mortgages, as well as for the escrow exemption. See 81 FR 16074 (Mar. 25, 2016). 5 The PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Authority and Issuance For the reasons set forth above, the Bureau amends Regulation Z, 12 CFR part 1026, as set forth below: PART 1026—TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z) 1. The authority citation for part 1026 continues to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 12 U.S.C. 2601, 2603–2605, 2607, 2609, 2617, 3353, 5511, 5512, 5532, 5581; 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 2. In Supplement I to Part 1026, under Section 1026.35—Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, 35(b)(2) Exemptions, Paragraph 35(b)(2)(iii), paragraph 1.iii.E introductory text is revised and paragraph 1.iii.E.4 is added to read as follows: RIN 3245–AG50 13 CFR Part 121 ■ Supplement I to Part 1026—Official Interpretations * * * * * * * * * Section 1026.35—Requirements for HigherPriced Mortgage Loans * * * * * 35(b)(2) Exemptions. * * * * * Paragraph 35(b)(2)(iii). 1. * * * iii. * * * E. Under § 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C), the $2,000,000,000 asset threshold adjusts automatically each year based on the year-toyear change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, not seasonally adjusted, for each 12-month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest million dollars. The Bureau will publish notice of the asset threshold each year by amending this comment. For calendar year 2017, the asset threshold is $2,069,000,000. A creditor that together with the assets of its affiliates that regularly extended first-lien covered transactions during calendar year 2016 has total assets of less than $2,069,000,000 on December 31, 2016, satisfies this criterion for purposes of any loan consummated in 2017 and for purposes of any loan consummated in 2018 for which the application was received before April 1, 2018. For historical purposes: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * * 4. For calendar year 2016, the asset threshold was $2,052,000,000. A creditor that together with the assets of its affiliates that regularly extended first-lien covered transactions during calendar year 2015 had total assets of less than $2,052,000,000 on December 31, 2015, satisfied this criterion for purposes of any loan consummated in 2016 and for purposes of any loan consummated in 2017 for which the application was received before April 1, 2017. * * * * * Dated: December 15, 2016. Richard Cordray, Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2016–30730 Filed 12–19–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Correcting amendments. AGENCY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 26, 2016 (81 FR 4469). The rule increased small business size standards for a number of industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31–33, Manufacturing. The rule also stated that SBA was amending Footnote 5 to the table of size standards relating to NAICS 326211, Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading), to reflect the current Census Product Classification Codes 3262111 and 3262113. However, SBA inadvertently omitted code 3262111 from the revised text in Footnote 5. This action corrects the omission. This correction does not affect the 1,500-employee small business size standard for NAICS 326211. DATES: Effective December 21, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jorge Laboy-Bruno at (202) 205–6618 or sizestandards@sba.gov, Office of Size Standards, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 26, 2016, SBA published a final rule implementing changes to the size standards for a number of industries in NAICS Sectors 31–33, Manufacturing (81 FR 4469). As discussed in the preamble of the rule, SBA intended to amend paragraphs (a) and (b) of Footnote 5 to the table of size standards relating to NAICS 326211, Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading), by replacing the former Census classification codes 30111 and 30112 with the new Census Product Classification Codes 3262111 and 3262113. However, the amended text inadvertently omitted the new Census Product Classification code 3262111. This action corrects that omission, but does not affect the 1,500-employee small business size standard for NAICS 326211. SUMMARY: Subpart E—Special Rules for Certain Home Mortgage Transactions * Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing; Correction List of Subjects in 13 CFR Part 121 Administrative practice and procedure, Government procurement, Government property, Grant programs— business, Individuals with disabilities, PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 93583 Loan programs—business, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Small businesses. Accordingly, 13 CFR part 121 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: PART 121—SMALL BUSINESS SIZE REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 121 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632, 634(b)(6), 662, and 694a(9). § 121.201 [Amended] 2. In Footnote 5 to the table in § 121.201, amend paragraphs (a) and (b) by adding the phrase ‘‘3262111 and’’ before the number ‘‘3262113’’ each time it appears. ■ A. John Shoraka, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development. [FR Doc. 2016–30568 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8205–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9056; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–007–AD; Amendment 39–18743; AD 2016–25–17] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly Known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an occurrence that was reported of rudder pedal restriction on a SAAB Model 2000 airplane with the large potable water system (LPWS) installed, equipped with in-line heaters. This AD requires installation of shrinkable tubes on the water piping of the basic potable water system (BPWS). We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 25, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 25, 2017. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1

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BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

12 CFR Part 1026


Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) Adjustment to Asset-Size 
Exemption Threshold

AGENCY: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

ACTION: Final rule; official interpretation.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau is amending the official commentary that interprets 
the requirements of the Bureau's Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) to 
reflect a change in the asset-size threshold for certain creditors to 
qualify for an exemption to the requirement to establish an escrow 
account for a higher-priced mortgage loan based on the annual 
percentage change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban 
Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the 12-month period 
ending in November. The exemption threshold is adjusted to increase to 
$2.069 billion from $2.052 billion. The adjustment is based on the .8 
percent increase in the average of the CPI-W for the 12-month period 
ending in November 2016. Therefore, creditors with assets of less than 
$2.069 billion (including assets of certain affiliates) as of December 
31, 2016, are exempt, if other requirements of Regulation Z also are 
met, from establishing escrow accounts for higher-priced mortgage loans 
in 2017. This asset limit will also apply during a grace period, in 
certain circumstances, with respect to transactions with applications 
received before April 1 of 2018. The adjustment to the escrows 
exemption asset-size threshold will also increase a similar threshold 
for small-creditor portfolio and balloon-payment qualified mortgages. 
Balloon-payment qualified

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mortgages that satisfy all applicable criteria, including being made by 
creditors that have (together with certain affiliates) total assets 
below the threshold, are also excepted from the prohibition on balloon 
payments for high-cost mortgages.

DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Maier, Counsel, Office of 
Regulations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20552, at (202) 435-7700.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 
(Dodd-Frank Act) amended TILA to add section 129D(a), which contains a 
general requirement that an escrow account be established by a creditor 
to pay for property taxes and insurance premiums for certain first-lien 
higher-priced mortgage loan transactions. TILA section 129D also 
generally permits an exemption from the higher-priced mortgage loan 
escrow requirement for a creditor that meets certain requirements, 
including any asset-size threshold the Bureau may establish.
    In the 2013 Escrows Final Rule,\1\ the Bureau established such an 
asset-size threshold of $2 billion, which would adjust automatically 
each year, based on the year-to-year change in the average of the CPI-W 
for each 12-month period ending in November, with rounding to the 
nearest million dollars.\2\ In 2015, the Bureau revised the criteria 
for small creditors, and rural and underserved areas, for purposes of 
certain special provisions and exemptions from various requirements 
provided to certain small creditors under the Bureau's mortgage 
rules.\3\ As part of this revision the Bureau made certain changes that 
affect how the asset-size threshold applies. The Bureau revised Sec.  
1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C) and its accompanying commentary to include in the 
calculation of the asset-size threshold the assets of the creditor's 
affiliates that regularly extended covered transactions secured by 
first liens during the applicable period. The Bureau also added a grace 
period from calendar year to calendar year to allow an otherwise 
eligible creditor that exceeded the asset limit in the preceding 
calendar year (but not in the calendar year before the preceding year) 
to continue to operate as a small creditor with respect to transactions 
with applications received before April 1 of the current calendar 
year.4 5 For 2016, the threshold was $2.052 billion.
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    \1\ 78 FR 4726 (Jan. 22, 2013).
    \2\ See 12 CFR 1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C).
    \3\ See 80 FR 59943 (Oct. 2, 2015).
    \4\ See 80 FR 59943, 59951 (Oct. 2, 2015).
    \5\ The Bureau also issued an interim final rule in March 2016 
to revise certain provisions in Regulation Z to effectuate the HELP 
Rural Communities Act's amendments to TILA (Pub. L. 114-94, section 
89003 (2015)). The rule broadened the cohort of creditors that may 
be eligible under TILA for the special provisions allowing 
origination of balloon-payment qualified mortgages and balloon-
payment high-cost mortgages, as well as for the escrow exemption. 
See 81 FR 16074 (Mar. 25, 2016).
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    During the 12-month period ending in November 2016, the average of 
the CPI-W increased by .8 percent. As a result, the exemption threshold 
is increased to $2.069 billion for 2017. Thus, if the creditor's assets 
together with the assets of its affiliates that regularly extended 
first-lien covered transactions during calendar year 2016 are less than 
$2.069 billion on December 31, 2016, and it meets the other 
requirements of Sec.  1026.35(b)(2)(iii), it will be exempt in 2017 
from the escrow-accounts requirement for higher-priced mortgage loans 
and will also be exempt from the escrow-accounts requirement for 
higher-priced mortgage loans for purposes of any loan consummated in 
2018 for which the application was received before April 1, 2018. The 
adjustment to the escrows exemption asset-size threshold will also 
increase the threshold for small-creditor portfolio and balloon-payment 
qualified mortgages under Regulation Z. The requirements for small-
creditor portfolio qualified mortgages at Sec.  1026.43(e)(5)(i)(D) 
reference the asset threshold in Sec.  1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C). Likewise, 
the requirements for balloon-payment qualified mortgages at Sec.  
1026.43(f)(1)(vi) reference the asset threshold in Sec.  
1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C). Under Sec.  1026.32(d)(1)(ii)(C), balloon-
payment qualified mortgages that satisfy all applicable criteria in 
Sec.  1026.43(f)(1)(i) through (vi) and (f)(2), including being made by 
creditors that have (together with certain affiliates) total assets 
below the threshold in Sec.  1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C), are also excepted 
from the prohibition on balloon payments for high-cost mortgages.

II. Procedural Requirements

A. Administrative Procedure Act

    Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), notice and 
opportunity for public comment are not required if the Bureau finds 
that notice and public comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or 
contrary to the public interest. 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). Pursuant to this 
final rule, comment 35(b)(2)(iii)-1 in Regulation Z is amended to 
update the exemption threshold. The amendment in this final rule is 
technical and merely applies the formula previously established in 
Regulation Z for determining any adjustments to the exemption 
threshold. For these reasons, the Bureau has determined that publishing 
a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public 
comment are unnecessary. Therefore, the amendment is adopted in final 
form.
    Section 553(d) of the APA generally requires publication of a final 
rule not less than 30 days before its effective date, except (1) a 
substantive rule which grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a 
restriction; (2) interpretive rules and statements of policy; or (3) as 
otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published 
with the rule. 5 U.S.C. 553(d). At a minimum, the Bureau believes the 
amendments fall under the third exception to section 553(d). The Bureau 
finds that there is good cause to make the amendments effective on 
January 1, 2017. The amendment in this notice is technical and applies 
the method previously established in the agency's regulations for 
automatic adjustments to the threshold.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act does not require an initial or final 
regulatory flexibility analysis. 5 U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a).

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3506; 5 CFR 1320), the agency reviewed this final rule. No collections 
of information pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act are contained in 
the final rule.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 1026

    Advertising, Appraisal, Appraiser, Banking, Banks, Consumer 
protection, Credit, Credit unions, Mortgages, National banks, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements, Savings associations, Truth in lending.

Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons set forth above, the Bureau amends Regulation Z, 12 
CFR part 1026, as set forth below:

PART 1026--TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z)

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1. The authority citation for part 1026 continues to read as follows:


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    Authority:  12 U.S.C. 2601, 2603-2605, 2607, 2609, 2617, 3353, 
5511, 5512, 5532, 5581; 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.


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2. In Supplement I to Part 1026, under Section 1026.35--Requirements 
for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans, 35(b)(2) Exemptions, Paragraph 
35(b)(2)(iii), paragraph 1.iii.E introductory text is revised and 
paragraph 1.iii.E.4 is added to read as follows:

Supplement I to Part 1026--Official Interpretations

* * * * *

Subpart E--Special Rules for Certain Home Mortgage Transactions

* * * * *
    Section 1026.35--Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans
* * * * *
    35(b)(2) Exemptions.
* * * * *
    Paragraph 35(b)(2)(iii).
    1. * * *
    iii. * * *
    E. Under Sec.  1026.35(b)(2)(iii)(C), the $2,000,000,000 asset 
threshold adjusts automatically each year based on the year-to-year 
change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage 
Earners and Clerical Workers, not seasonally adjusted, for each 12-
month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest 
million dollars. The Bureau will publish notice of the asset 
threshold each year by amending this comment. For calendar year 
2017, the asset threshold is $2,069,000,000. A creditor that 
together with the assets of its affiliates that regularly extended 
first-lien covered transactions during calendar year 2016 has total 
assets of less than $2,069,000,000 on December 31, 2016, satisfies 
this criterion for purposes of any loan consummated in 2017 and for 
purposes of any loan consummated in 2018 for which the application 
was received before April 1, 2018. For historical purposes:
* * * * *
    4. For calendar year 2016, the asset threshold was 
$2,052,000,000. A creditor that together with the assets of its 
affiliates that regularly extended first-lien covered transactions 
during calendar year 2015 had total assets of less than 
$2,052,000,000 on December 31, 2015, satisfied this criterion for 
purposes of any loan consummated in 2016 and for purposes of any 
loan consummated in 2017 for which the application was received 
before April 1, 2017.
* * * * *

    Dated: December 15, 2016.
Richard Cordray,
Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
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