Community Reinvestment Act Regulations
The OCC, the Board, the FDIC, and the OTS (collectively, the ``agencies'') are amending their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to adjust the asset-size thresholds used to define ``small bank'' or ``small savings association'' and ``intermediate small bank'' or ``intermediate small savings association.'' As required by the CRA regulations, the adjustment to the threshold amount is based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index. The agencies are also correcting a paragraph heading that is inaccurate as a result of annual revisions to the small institution threshold.
Federal Savings Association Bylaws; Integrity of Directors; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is withdrawing the proposed rule. The proposed rule would have amended OTS's regulations concerning corporate governance to permit federally chartered savings associations and mutual holding companies (collectively, federal savings associations) to adopt a preapproved bylaw that would have precluded certain persons from serving on the adopting federal savings association's board of directors, and from nominating others to so serve. In addition, the proposed preapproved bylaw would have precluded any entity owned or controlled by a prohibited person from nominating anyone to serve on the adopting federal savings association's board of directors.\1\
Savings and Loan Holding Company Rating System
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is revising its savings and loan holding company (SLHC) rating system to better reflect and communicate its supervisory expectations. The new SLHC rating system revises component descriptions to better emphasize risk management and adopts a numeric rating scale.
Permissible Activities of Savings and Loan Holding Companies
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is revising its regulations, at 12 CFR 584.2 and 584.2-2, to expand the permissible activities of savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs) to the full extent permitted under the Home Owners' Loan Act (HOLA). In addition, OTS is amending 12 CFR 584.4 to conform the regulation to the statute that it is intended to implement, and to set forth standards that OTS will use to evaluate applications submitted pursuant to the statutory application requirement.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request-Statement on Sound Practices Concerning Elevated Risk Complex Structured Finance Activities
The proposed information collection request (ICR) described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. OTS is soliciting public comments on the proposal.
Interagency Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Procedures To Enhance the Accuracy and Integrity of Information Furnished to Consumer Reporting Agencies Under Section 312 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
The OCC, Board, FDIC, OTS, NCUA, and FTC (Agencies) are publishing for comment proposed regulations and guidelines to implement the accuracy and integrity provisions in section 312 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act).\1\ The proposed regulations and guidelines would implement the requirement that the Agencies issue guidelines for use by furnishers regarding the accuracy and integrity of the information about consumers that they furnish to consumer reporting agencies and prescribe regulations requiring furnishers to establish reasonable policies and procedures for implementing the guidelines. The Agencies also are publishing for comment proposed regulations to implement the direct dispute provisions in section 312. The proposed regulations would implement the requirement that the Agencies issue regulations identifying the circumstances under which a furnisher must reinvestigate disputes about the accuracy of information contained in a consumer report based on a direct request from a consumer.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Joint Comment Request
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the OCC, FDIC, OTS, NCUA, and FTC are submitting for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review the information collection associated with a proposed study that will use a written survey to be completed by financial institutions and other persons who are creditors or users of consumer reports. The Board has approved this information collection under its delegated authority from OMB. The Agencies will use the Survey responses to prepare the initial report to the Congress (the Report) on information sharing practices by financial institutions, creditors, or users of consumer reports with their affiliates. The Agencies are statutorily required to jointly submit the Report with any recommendations for legislative or regulatory action. To conduct the Survey, the OCC, FDIC, OTS, NCUA, and FTC first seek additional public comment regarding this notice, which is the second of two notices required by the PRA, and will seek OMB review of, and clearance for, the collection of information discussed herein.
Risk-Based Capital Standards: Advanced Capital Adequacy Framework - Basel II
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) (collectively, the agencies) are adopting a new risk-based capital adequacy framework that requires some and permits other qualifying banks \1\ to use an internal ratings-based approach to calculate regulatory credit risk capital requirements and advanced measurement approaches to calculate regulatory operational risk capital requirements. The final rule describes the qualifying criteria for banks required or seeking to operate under the new framework and the applicable risk-based capital requirements for banks that operate under the framework.