Federal Housing Finance Agency 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities
Document Number: 2020-14097
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-01
Agency: Farm Credit Administration, Agencies and Commissions, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury, Federal Housing Finance Agency
The OCC, Board, FDIC, FCA, and FHFA (each, an agency, and collectively, the agencies) are adopting a final rule that amends the agencies' regulations requiring swap dealers and security-based swap dealers under the agencies' respective jurisdictions to exchange margin with their counterparties for swaps that are not centrally cleared (Swap Margin Rule). The Swap Margin Rule as adopted in 2015 takes effect under a phased compliance schedule spanning from 2016 through 2020, and the entities covered by the rule continue to hold swaps in their portfolios that were entered into before the effective dates of the rule. Such swaps are grandfathered from the Swap Margin Rule's requirements until they expire according to their terms. The final rule permits swaps entered into prior to an applicable compliance date (legacy swaps) to retain their legacy status in the event that they are amended to replace an interbank offered rate (IBOR) or other discontinued rate, modifies initial margin requirements for non-cleared swaps between affiliates, introduces an additional compliance date for initial margin requirements, clarifies the point in time at which trading documentation must be in place, permits legacy swaps to retain their legacy status in the event that they are amended due to technical amendments, notional reductions, or portfolio compression exercises, and makes technical changes to relocate the provision addressing amendments to legacy swaps that are made to comply with the Qualified Financial Contract Rules, as defined in the Supplementary Information section. In addition, the final rule addresses comments received in response to the agencies' publication of the interim final rule that would preserve the status of legacy swaps meeting certain criteria if the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union (hereafter ``Brexit) without a negotiated settlement agreement.
Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities
Document Number: 2020-14094
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-01
Agency: Farm Credit Administration, Agencies and Commissions, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The OCC, Board, FDIC, FCA, and FHFA (each an Agency and, collectively, the Agencies) are adopting and inviting comment on an interim final rule amending the Agencies' regulations that require swap dealers, security-based swap dealers, major swap participants, and major security-based swap participants under the Agencies' respective jurisdictions to exchange margin with their counterparties for swaps that are not centrally cleared (non-cleared swaps) (Swap Margin Rule). Under the Swap Margin Rule, as amended, initial margin requirements will take effect under a phased compliance schedule spanning from 2016 through 2020, and in a final rule published elsewhere in today's issue of the Federal Register, the Agencies have extended the phase-in period to 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agencies are extending by one year the phases 5 and 6 implementation deadlines for initial margin requirements from September 1, 2020, to September 1, 2021 (for phase 5) and from September 1, 2021, to September 1, 2022 (for phase 6). The Agencies' objective is to give covered swap entities additional time to meet their initial margin requirements under the rule so as not to hamper any efforts underway to address exigent circumstances caused by COVID-19.
Credit Risk Retention-Notification of Commencement of Review; Extension of Review Period
Document Number: 2020-13830
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-30
Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Agencies and Commissions, Federal Reserve System, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury, Federal Housing Finance Agency
The OCC, Board, FDIC, Commission, FHFA, and HUD (the agencies) are providing notice of the extension of the period for the review, and publication of determination of the review, of the definition of qualified residential mortgage; the community-focused residential mortgage exemption; and the exemption for qualifying three-to-four unit residential mortgage loans, in each case as currently set forth in the Credit Risk Retention Regulations (as defined below) as adopted by the agencies.
Enterprise Regulatory Capital Framework
Document Number: 2020-11279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-30
Agency: Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or the Agency) is seeking comments on a new regulatory capital framework for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac, and with Fannie Mae, each an Enterprise). The proposed rule would also make conforming amendments to definitions in FHFA's regulations for assessments and minimum capital and would also remove the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight's (OFHEO) regulation on capital for the Enterprises.
Federal Home Loan Bank Housing Goals Amendments
Document Number: 2020-12345
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-25
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is amending the existing Federal Home Loan Bank (Bank) Housing Goals regulation. The final rule replaces the existing regulation's four separate retrospective housing goals with a single prospective mortgage purchase housing goal with a target level of 20 percent. The final rule also establishes a separate small member participation housing goal with a target level of 50 percent. The final rule provides that a Bank may request FHFA approval of alternative target levels for either or both of the goals. The final rule also establishes that housing goals apply to each Bank that acquires any Acquired Member Assets (AMA) mortgages during a year, eliminating the existing $2.5 billion volume threshold that previously triggered the application of housing goals for each Bank. Enforcement of the final rule will phase in over three years.
Notice of Order: Revisions to Data Requirements for Enterprise Public Use Database To Include New Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Elements
Document Number: 2020-11819
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-03
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
An Order issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on May 27, 2020 revises data requirements for the Enterprise Public Use Database (PUDB) and modifies FHFA's previous Enterprise PUDB Orders issued in 2010 and 2011. The Enterprise PUDB contains data related to single-family and multifamily mortgages purchased by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) (collectively, the Enterprises) in a calendar year. FHFA publishes the PUDB annually pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (Safety and Soundness Act). The Order revises the PUDB to include data elements that the Enterprises collected in 2018 from their loan sellers that are the same as those required to be reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 (HMDA), and sets out the privacy protections for the HMDA data. The Order also adds geographic indicators related to the Enterprise Duty to Serve program to the Enterprise PUDB to provide greater transparency to the public about the Enterprises' Duty to Serve activities. All the data specifications set out in the Order apply to future annual PUDB releases, until further modified by FHFA. A new 2018 PUDB will be released by FHFA containing the data elements added by the Order, replacing an interim PUDB released on September 23, 2019 that does not include the new HMDA data elements or Duty to Serve geographic indicators. The revised matrices setting out the PUDB data requirements and privacy and proprietary protection modifications are available on FHFA's website at https://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/ Public-Use-Databases.aspx. The expansion of the PUDB data requirements will enhance transparency about the Enterprises' mortgage purchase activities.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-11259
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or the Agency) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Contractor Workforce Inclusion Good Faith Efforts,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0016 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on July 31, 2020.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-09107
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Federal Home Loan Bank Capital Stock,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0002 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on April 30, 2020.
Orders: Reporting by Regulated Entities of Stress Testing Results as of December 31, 2019; Summary Instructions and Guidance
Document Number: 2020-08146
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-04-27
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In this document, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) provides notice that it issued Orders, dated March 10, 2020, with respect to stress test reporting as of December 31, 2019, under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), as amended by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). Summary Instructions and Guidance accompanied the Orders to provide testing scenarios.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-07033
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-03
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as the ``National Survey of Mortgage Originations'' (NSMO), which has been assigned control number 2590-0012 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on April 30, 2020.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-06686
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-31
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Members of the Banks,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0003 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on March 31, 2020.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-06683
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-31
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Community Support Requirements,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0005 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on March 31, 2020.
Stress Testing of Regulated Entities
Document Number: 2020-05476
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-24
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is adopting a final rule that amends its stress testing rule, consistent with section 401 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA). These amendments adopt the proposed amendments without change to modify the minimum threshold for the regulated entities to conduct stress tests increased from $10 billion to $250 billion; removal of the requirements for Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks) subject to stress testing; and removal of the adverse scenario from the list of required scenarios. These amendments align FHFA's rule with rules adopted by other financial institution regulators that implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) stress testing requirements, as amended by EGRRCPA.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03242
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Federal Home Loan Bank Capital Stock,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0002 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on April 30, 2020.
Rules of Practice and Procedure; Civil Money Penalty Inflation Adjustment
Document Number: 2020-01025
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-28
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is adopting this final rule amending its Rules of Practice and Procedure and other agency regulations to adjust each civil money penalty within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00933
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Community Support Requirements,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0005 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on March 31, 2020.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00930
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as ``Members of the Banks,'' which has been assigned control number 2590-0003 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on March 31, 2020.
Notice of Annual Adjustment of the Cap on Average Total Assets That Defines Community Financial Institutions
Document Number: 2020-00929
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has adjusted the cap on average total assets that is used in determining whether a Federal Home Loan Bank (Bank) member qualifies as a ``community financial institution'' (CFI) to $1,224,000,000, based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U), as published by the Department of Labor (DOL). These changes took effect on January 1, 2020.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
Document Number: 2020-00655
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the Federal Home Loan Banks, seeks public input on residential energy retrofitting programs financed through special state legislation enabling a ``super-priority lien'' over existing and subsequent first mortgages. In particular, FHFA seeks input on potential changes to its policies for its regulated entities based on safety and soundness concerns. These state programs, termed Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE, address residential properties and commercial applications. FHFA's primary focus is on residential PACE programs in this Request for Input (RFI).