Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing, 34644-34645 [2021-13533]

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AGENCY: On May 13, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) published in the Federal Register a proposal to amend Regulation II to clarify that the requirement that each debit card transaction must be able to be processed on at least two unaffiliated payment card networks applies to card-not-present transactions, clarify the requirements that Regulation II imposes on debit card issuers to ensure that at least two unaffiliated payment card networks have been enabled for debit card transactions, and standardize and clarify the use of certain terminology. The proposal provided for a comment period ending on July 12, 2021. The Board is extending the comment period for 30 days, until August 11, 2021. DATES: The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking published on May 13, 2021 (86 FR 26189), is extended. Comments must be received by August 11, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the methods identified in the proposal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jess Cheng, Senior Counsel (202–452–2309), Legal Division; or Krzysztof Wozniak, Manager (202–452–3878), Elena Falcettoni, Economist (202–452–2528), or Larkin Turman, Financial Institution and Policy Analyst (202–452–2388), Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. Users of Telecommunication Device for Deaf (TDD) only, call (202) 263–4869. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 13, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) published in the Federal Register a proposal to amend Regulation II to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JNP1.SGM 30JNP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 30, 2021 / Proposed Rules clarify that the requirement that each debit card transaction must be able to be processed on at least two unaffiliated payment card networks applies to cardnot-present transactions, clarify the requirements that Regulation II imposes on debit card issuers to ensure that at least two unaffiliated payment card networks have been enabled for debit card transactions, and standardize and clarify the use of certain terminology.1 The proposal provided for a comment period ending on July 12, 2021. Since the publication of the proposal, the Board has received comments requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period. An extension of the comment period will provide additional opportunity for interested parties to analyze the proposal and prepare and submit comments. Therefore, the Board is extending the end of the comment period for the proposal from July 12, 2021 to August 11, 2021. By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated authority. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2021–13533 Filed 6–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Part 615 RIN 3052–AD44 Bank Liquidity Reserve Farm Credit Administration. Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we, our) is contemplating revising its liquidity regulations so Farm Credit System (FCS or System) banks can better withstand crises that adversely impact liquidity and pose a risk to their viability. FCA is considering whether to amend our existing liquidity regulatory framework. 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Background on System Liquidity II. Recent Updates to System Liquidity Regulations PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 34645 III. Potential Areas for Improvement IV. Request for Comments A. Existing FCA Liquidity Regulations B. Applicability of the Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Net Stable Funding Ratio C. Other Comments Requested I. Introduction A. Objectives of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCA’s purpose in this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is to gather public input to: • Ensure that each FCS bank operates under a comprehensive liquidity framework, so it consistently maintains adequate liquidity to cover all of its potential obligations, including unfunded commitments and other material contingent liabilities, under stressful conditions; • Assess if, and to what extent, the Basel III International framework for liquidity risk measurement, standards and monitoring (hereafter ‘‘Basel III Liquidity Framework’’), issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), and regulations of the Federal banking regulatory agencies (FRBAs) implementing this framework for banking organizations should influence revisions to FCA’s existing liquidity framework; 1 • Determine if the Basel III Liquidity Framework is appropriate for FCS banks, and evaluate the impacts of augmenting FCA’s existing liquidity framework to incorporate appropriate aspects of the Basel III Liquidity Framework and the FBRAs’ implementation of the framework; 2 and • Determine the respective costs and benefits of updating FCA’s liquidity framework for FCS banks. B. Background on System Liquidity In 1916, Congress created the System to provide permanent, stable, affordable, 1 The Federal banking regulatory agencies include the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (hereafter Federal Reserve Board), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. See ‘‘Liquidity Coverage Ratio: Liquidity Risk Measurement Standards,’’ 79 FR 61440 (October 10, 2014) and ‘‘Net Stable Funding Ratio: Liquidity Risk Measurement Standards and Disclosure Requirements,’’ 86 FR 9120 (February 11, 2021). 2 Basel III was published in December 2010 and revised in June 2011. The text is available at http:// www.bis.org/publ/bcbs189.htm. The BCBS was established in 1974 by central banks with bank supervisory authorities in major industrial countries. The BCBS develops banking guidelines and recommends them for adoption by member countries and others. BCBS documents are available at https://www.bis.org/. The FCA does not have representation on the Basel Committee, as do the FBRAs, and is not required by law to follow the Basel standards. The Basel III Liquidity Coverage Ratio and liquidity risk monitoring tools document was published in January 2013 and the Net stable funding ratio document was published in October 2014. E:\FR\FM\30JNP1.SGM 30JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 123 (Wednesday, June 30, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 34644-34645]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-13533]


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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

12 CFR Part 235

[Regulation II; Docket No. R-1748]
RIN 7100-AG15


Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On May 13, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System (Board) published in the Federal Register a proposal to amend 
Regulation II to clarify that the requirement that each debit card 
transaction must be able to be processed on at least two unaffiliated 
payment card networks applies to card-not-present transactions, clarify 
the requirements that Regulation II imposes on debit card issuers to 
ensure that at least two unaffiliated payment card networks have been 
enabled for debit card transactions, and standardize and clarify the 
use of certain terminology. The proposal provided for a comment period 
ending on July 12, 2021. The Board is extending the comment period for 
30 days, until August 11, 2021.

DATES: The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking 
published on May 13, 2021 (86 FR 26189), is extended. Comments must be 
received by August 11, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the methods identified in 
the proposal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jess Cheng, Senior Counsel (202-452-
2309), Legal Division; or Krzysztof Wozniak, Manager (202-452-3878), 
Elena Falcettoni, Economist (202-452-2528), or Larkin Turman, Financial 
Institution and Policy Analyst (202-452-2388), Division of Reserve Bank 
Operations and Payment Systems. Users of Telecommunication Device for 
Deaf (TDD) only, call (202) 263-4869.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 13, 2021, the Board of Governors of 
the Federal Reserve System (Board) published in the Federal Register a 
proposal to amend Regulation II to

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clarify that the requirement that each debit card transaction must be 
able to be processed on at least two unaffiliated payment card networks 
applies to card-not-present transactions, clarify the requirements that 
Regulation II imposes on debit card issuers to ensure that at least two 
unaffiliated payment card networks have been enabled for debit card 
transactions, and standardize and clarify the use of certain 
terminology.\1\
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    \1\ 86 FR 26189 (May 13, 2021).
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    The proposal provided for a comment period ending on July 12, 2021. 
Since the publication of the proposal, the Board has received comments 
requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period. An extension of 
the comment period will provide additional opportunity for interested 
parties to analyze the proposal and prepare and submit comments. 
Therefore, the Board is extending the end of the comment period for the 
proposal from July 12, 2021 to August 11, 2021.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated 
authority.
Ann E. Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2021-13533 Filed 6-29-21; 8:45 am]
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