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08/31/2001

Top Stories for September 2001

  • FDIC Issues FIL on Insurance Q&As

    FDIC FIL-84-2001 informs state nonmember banks about the Interagency responses to questions on the insurance consumer protection rules. The questions and answers, which we wrote about previously in Top Stories, were issued August 17, 2001. They can now be accessed in html format on BankersOnline.com. FDIC: FIL-84-2001 9/28/01

  • Executive Order Targeting Terrorist Assets

    As earlier reported, President George W. Bush issued an Executive Order targeting terrorists. As a result, a number of new names have been added to Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list. FDIC:FIL-85-2001 9/28/01

  • FDIC Publishes OSFI Monthly Warning Advisory

    The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published "Monthly Warning Advisory" (Issue No. 19), which contains the names of entities recently brought to OSFI's attention through an inquiry or complaint. FDIC:FIL-86-2001 9/28/01

  • OTS Announces 14 August CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluation ratings that became available in August 2001. OTS 01-65 9/28/01

  • Federal Reserve Board launches interactive web site for students, educators, and the general public

    This site offers students, educators and the general public an introduction to the workings of the Federal Reserve System. FRB Press Release 9/28/01

  • FRB of Boston Releases Guide On Check Imaging

    Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released a guide entitled "A Framework for Exchanging Image Returns ," (pdf version) to help banks handle the technical, operational, and legal issues involved in exchanging check images. 9/27/01

  • FRB Extends Comment Deadline on Payments System Risk Issues

    The FRB has extended the deadline for its request for comment on the potential longer-term direction of its payments system
    risk policy. The new deadline is November 16, 2001. 66FR49385 (text) 66FR49385 (pdf) 9/27/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule to Change the Discount Rate

    The FRB has amended its Regulation A, Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. 66FR49098 (text) 66FR49098 (pdf) 9/26/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule on Operating Subsidiaries of Federal Branches and Agencies

    The OCC is amending its regulations to provide that a Federal branch or agency may establish, acquire, or maintain an operating subsidiary in generally the same manner that a national bank may acquire or establish an operating subsidiary. 66FR49093 (text) 66FR49093 (pdf) Correction 9/26/01

  • NCUA Assists FBI Investigation In Correspondence With The Nation's Credit Unions

    NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar issued a NCUA Letter to Credit Unions upon receiving a formal request for assistance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). NCUA Press Release 9/26/01

  • Community Bank, Covina, CA - Missing Official Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the Community Bank, Covina, California, that 300 of the bank's official checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. FDIC:FIL-83-2001 9/26/01

  • Ventura Savings Bank - Fictitious Checks in Circulation

    The FDIC has learned that fictitious "official" checks and "certified" checks are in circulation. The checks bear the name Ventura Savings Bank, 1010 Huntcliff Blvd., Roswell, GA 33050. "MEMBER FDIC" is also printed on the checks. FDIC:FIL-82-2001 9/26/01

  • Terrorist Additions to the OFAC SDN List

    As earlier reported by BOL, the president has issued a new Executive Order targeting terrorists, and a number of new names have been added to OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals List. Click here to access the summary. OCC:Alert 2001-9 9/26/01

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Set Forth the Formula for the Semiannual Assessment

    The amendment would revise the formula to establish a minimum base amount for the semiannual assessment for the first assessment bracket ($0-$2 million) of the assessment schedule. 66FR48983 (text) 66FR48983 (pdf) 9/25/01

  • OTS Updates Locations for Filing CRA-Related Agreements

    In accordance with the joint rule titled “Disclosure and Reporting of CRA-Related Agreements,” the OTS has announced that all parties filing CRA-Related agreements or annual reports with OTS should mail paper copies to CRA Sunshine, c/o Dissemination Branch, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20552 or may now file electronic versions at crasunshine@ots.treas.gov. OTS 01-63 9/25/01

  • Interagency-sponsored public workshop on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act privacy notices set for Dec. 4th

    The workshop will provide a forum to identify successful GLB Act privacy notices, discuss strategies for communicating complex information, and encourage industry self-regulatory efforts and consumer and business education. The workshop will bring together financial institutions, consumer and privacy groups, experts on readability and consumer communication, and others to discuss the issues through moderated panel discussions. Interagency Press Release, OTS, FTC , OCC:NR 2001-84, FDIC-PR-69-2001, NCUA Press Release 9/25/01

  • NCUA Chairman Urges "Diligent Management" In America's Credit Unions As Nation Faces Economic Uncertainty

    Agency Chief Says Credit Unions “Well Positioned But Not Immune”. NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar urged credit unions
    to provide “diligent management” as the nation faces a period of economic uncertainty and signs of a downturn. NCUA Press Release 9/24/01

  • Credit Unions can make Charitable Contributions

    Credit unions are stepping forward to assist families, businesses and fellow credit unions affected by last week's tragic events by using their authority to make charitable contributions and donations. NCUA Press Release 9/24/01

  • Institution Directory

    The FDIC's Institution Directory (ID) and Statistics on Depository Institutions (SDI) have been updated to reflect June 30, 2001 financial information. FDIC Institution Directory 9/24/01

  • FDIC Issues Summaries of the Principal Requirements of the National Flood Insurance Act

    Flood hazard determinations must be performed before the closing of loans secured by buildings or
    mobile homes, including loans secured by commercial real estate. Lenders must document the
    determination using the Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form provided by the Federal Emergency
    Management Agency (FEMA) and retain that form for the life of the loan. FDIC:FIL-81-2001 Summary 9/24/01

  • Regulators Distribute Call Report for Third Quarter 2001

    Banks should complete your third quarter Call Report, review it for accuracy, and submit the report electronically as soon as possible. Except for certain banks with foreign offices, your completed report must be received by October 30, 2001, in accordance with the filing requirements discussed below. FDIC:FIL-80-2001 9/24/01

  • FDIC Reports Second Quarter 2001 Financial Results for Bank and Thrift Insurance Funds

    The FDIC announced that the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF) reported comprehensive income (net income plus current period unrealized gains/losses on available-for-sale securities) of $706 million for the first six months of 2001, compared to $366 million for
    the same period last year. FDIC:PR-68-2001 9/24/01

  • FRB Extends Deadline for Public Comment on Policy on Payment System Risk

    As a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks, some organizations with an interest in the potential longer-term policy direction of the Board's payments system risk policy have had to devote significant resources to ensuring the continued smooth functioning of the payments system and financial markets. The Board has extended the original October 1 comment deadline to
    provide these organizations with adequate time to analyze the issues raised in the notice and to incorporate their perspectives on recent financial market experiences. FRB Press Release 9/24/01

  • Treasury Releases 2001 Money Laundering Strategy

    The Administration's 2001 Money Laundering Strategy is now available on the Treasury Department web site.
    9/21/01

  • NCUA Lifts Mandatory Compliance Date Electronic Delivery of Disclosures Required by TISA

    Once a permanent final rule is issued, NCUA will afford credit unions a reasonable period of time to comply with the rule. 66FR48206 (text) 66FR48206 (pdf) 9/19/01

  • NCUA Issues Final Rule on Nondiscrimination in Real Estate-Related Lending

    The rule provides a federal credit union (FCU) with flexibility in how it gives notice when advertising and allows an FCU to display either the NCUA lobby poster or a similar poster prepared by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. 66FR48205 (text) 66FR48205 (pdf) 9/19/01

  • NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar Statement Regarding JoAnn Johnson

    President George W. Bush has announced that he intends to nominate JoAnn Johnson of Iowa to serve on the National Credit Union Administration Board. NCUA Press Release 9/19/01

  • FBI Request for Records Search by Banking Organizations

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has provided the FRB and the other federal financial institutions supervisory
    agencies with a public list of the names of alleged subjects under investigation by the FBI in connection with the World Trade
    Center and Pentagon attacks, and asked all domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the United States to check
    their records for any relationships or transactions with the named individuals. FRB:SR 01-22, FDIC:FIL-79-2001, OCC:2001-8 9/19/01

  • FDIC Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Chicago Launches Nationwide Money Smart Program

    The FDIC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pilsen One-Stop Center in Chicago, Illinois to launch its Money Smart financial education program. FDIC:PR-67-2001 9/19/01

  • Dennis Dollar Designated NCUA Chairman

    President George W. Bush announced that he has designated NCUA Board Member Dennis Dollar as the agency's Chairman. NCUA Press Release 9/18/01

  • FRB Decreasing the Discount Rate

    The FRB approved actions by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta and Kansas City, decreasing the discount rate at the bank from 3 percent to 2-1/2 percent, effective immediately. FRB Press Release 9/18/01

  • Federal Open Market Committee Lowers Target for the Federal Funds Rate

    The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to 3 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 2-1/2 percent. The Federal Reserve will continue to supply unusually large volumes of liquidity to the financial markets, as needed, until more normal market functioning is restored. Federal Reserve Press Release 9/17/01

  • FFIEC Distirbutes the June 30, 2001 Uniform Bank Performance Report

    The June 30, 2001 Uniform Bank Performance Report (UBPR) now being distributed to all insured commercial banks and Federal Deposit
    Insurance Corporation - Insured Savings Banks (FDIC-ISB) is now available for sale to the public. FFIEC Press Release 9/17/01

  • OCC Transmits Insurance Q& As

    OCC 2001-43 simply informs national banks about the interagency Q&As issued previously that relate to consumer sales of insurance and the Q&As themselves are transmitted to national banks as an attachment to OCC 2001-43. 9/17/01

  • NCUA Disaster Assistance Activated for New York City and Arlington, Va. Credit Unions

    The NCUA activated its disaster relief policy to assist credit unions and their members in New York City and Arlington County, Va., following the destruction of the Twin Towers yesterday in New York City and the damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. NUCA Press Release 9/17/01

  • NCUA Acting-Chairman Dennis Dollar Statement

    9/17/01

  • FDIC Publishes OSFI Monthly Warning Advisory

    The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published a "Monthly Warning Advisory" (Issue No. 18), which contains the names of entities recently brought to OSFI's attention through an inquiry or complaint. FDIC:FIL-78-2001 9/17/01

  • OTS Reports That Thrift Industry Has Been Operating Normally in Wake of Crisis

    The OTS reported that the thrift industry has been operating normally and that the industry has taken steps to assist customers affected by events related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. OTS 01-61
    9/17/01

  • OCC and ABA Postpone Conference on Community and Economic Development

    The OCC and ABA announced that the 2001 National Community and Economic Development Conference scheduled for September 17-19 in Baltimore Maryland has been postponed due to the national tragedy of September 11 and the uncertainty of U.S. airline service.
    OCC:NR 2001-83 9/17/01

  • OCC Announces 19 New Enforcement Actions and 5 Terminations

    The OCC announced 19 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and 5 terminations of existing enforcement actions. OCC:NR 2001- 81 9/17/01

  • Swap arrangement between the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England

    The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have agreed to establish a temporary swap facility
    in order to facilitate the functioning of financial markets and provide liquidity in U.S. dollars. FRB Press Release 9/17/01

  • Federal Reserve encourages banks to work with customers affected by disaster

    The Federal Reserve encourages state member banks and bank holding companies to work with customers who directly or indirectly have been affected by the events of September 11. FRB Press Release 9/17/01

  • Federal Reserve and Bank of Canada augment swap facility

    The Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada have agreed to a temporary augmentation of their existing swap facility in order to facilitate the functioning of financial markets and provide liquidity in U.S. dollars. FRB Press Release 9/17/01

  • Swap arrangement between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank

    In order to facilitate the functioning of financial markets and provide liquidity in dollars, the Federal
    Reserve and the European Central Bank have agreed on a swap arrangement. FRB Press Release 9/17/01

  • Joint Interagency Statement

    Market responses in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11 could lead to temporary balance
    sheet growth at some banking organizations, including thrifts. This growth could occur if, for example,
    during this period corporate borrowers make unusual draws on their existing lines of credit or request new
    lines in response to a perceived need for extra liquidity, or if a banking organization were to receive
    unusually large deposit inflows. Absent other factors, increases in extensions of credit or large deposit
    inflows would likely result in an increase in total assets. FDIC-PR-66-2001, FRB Press Release, OCC NR 2001-82 , OTS 01-62 9/17/01

  • National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) Issues Advisory for Increased Cyber Awareness

    The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) expects to see an upswing in incidents as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. ADVISORY 01-020 9/14/01

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations For 13 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of August 15 through September 14. OCC:NR 2001- 80 9/14/01

  • Swap arrangement between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank

    In order to facilitate the functioning of financial markets and provide liquidity in dollars, the Federal
    Reserve and the European Central Bank have agreed on a swap arrangement. FRB Press Release 9/14/01

  • Supervisory Flexibility Due to September 11 Disasters

    The FDIC has issued supervisory guidance that it issued to its examiners relating to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
    FDIC:FIL-77-2001 9/14/01

  • OTS Asks Thrifts to Assist Customers Affected by Terrorist Attacks

    The OTS announced steps thrifts can take to assist customers affected by events related to Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. OTS 01-60 9/13/01

  • OCC Encourages National Banks to Work With Customers Affected by Terrorist Attacks

    The OCC is encouraging national banks to work with customers affected by Tuesday's terrorist attacks in
    New York and Washington. OCC:NR 2001- 79 9/13/01

  • OTS Outlines Reasons for Superior Bank Failure and Suggests Remedies

    OTS Director Ellen Seidman detailed the history of the failed Superior Bank for the Senate Banking Committee. “I sincerely believe that this failure was the responsibility of those who owned and managed the institution and related parties,” Ms. Seidman said. However, she stressed that investigations into the failure are still underway by OTS, FDIC, Treasury Inspector General and the General Accounting Office. OTS 01-59 9/13/01

  • OTS Issued Eight Enforcement Orders in July

    The OTS reported that it issued eight enforcement orders to three individuals and four institutions and terminated three others during July. OTS 01-58 9/13/01

  • OCC Allows National Bank Offices Affected by Emergency to Close

    The OCC issued a proclamation allowing national bank offices affected by the emergency situation to close at their discretion. OCC:NR 2001-78 9/12/01

  • Federal Reserve System is open and operating.

    The Federal Reserve System is open and operating. The discount window is available to meet liquidity needs. FRB Press Release 9/12/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Interamerica Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico, are in circulation. FDIC:FIL-76-2001 9/11/01

  • OCC and ABA Co-Sponsor Community and Economic Development Conference

    The OCC and the ABA will co-sponsor the 2001 National Community and Economic Development Conference titled "Grow Markets....Grow Profits" in Baltimore, Maryland on September 17-19. OCC:NR 2001-77 9/11/01

  • NCUA Chief Tells Texas Credit Unions Agency's Streamlined Approach to Adopting Underserved Areas May Open Doors for Greater Expansion into Hispanic Communities

    The nation's federal credit unions have added over 18 million potential members in 2001 and NCUA's streamlined process has helped create this expansion says NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar. He says these additions will extend low-cost financial services to many underserved Americans and open additional doors for credit unions in “meeting member needs from all walks of life.” NCUA Press Release 9/10/01

  • OCC Issues Advisory Letter about obligations under the EFTA and Regulation E

    The OCC wishes to ensure that national banks fully comply with the EFTA's error resolution requirements and that they conduct adequate investigations of claims of unauthorized transactions. The purpose of this advisory letter is to assist banks in
    addressing the compliance and reputation risks of inadequate investigations under Regulation E. OCC:AL 2001-9 9/10/01

  • Sinclair National Bank Closed by the OCC and FDIC Appointed Receiver

    Sinclair National Bank, Gravette, Arkansas, was closed by the OCC and the FDIC was appointed receiver. FDIC:PR-63-2001 , OCC:NR 2001-76 9/10/01

  • Agricultural Loans Affected by the Drought Oregon and Northern California

    The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with agricultural borrowers affected by the severe drought in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and Northern California. FDIC:FIL-75-2001 9/10/01

  • Latest FDIC Survey Finds Some Weakening In Real Estate Markets

    The latest results of the FDIC's Survey of Real Estate Trends indicated somewhat weaker conditions in the nation's real estate markets, particularly for local offices. Although reports of stability continued to dominate, the survey results indicate some deterioration in real estate markets. FDIC: PR-62-2001 9/10/01

  • OCC Reports "More Normal" Derivatives Trading Revenue for Banks

    U.S. commercial banks earned $2.8 billion from cash instruments and derivatives activities in the second quarter of 2001, down from the $4.0 billion record revenue of the first quarter. The notional amount of derivatives in insured commercial bank portfolios increased by $3.9 trillion in the first quarter, to $47.8 trillion. OCC:NR 2001- 75 9/10/01

  • Thrift Industry Earnings Set Quarterly Record

    Thrift industry earnings rose sharply during the second quarter of 2001 to a record $2.5 billion, the OTS reported. OTS Director Ellen Seidman attributed the strong earnings to continued strength in the housing market coupled with low mortgage interest rates. OTS 01-57 9/7/01

  • FDIC Distributes HUD's 2001 Adjusted Median Family Income Figures

    The FDIC distributed the 2001 median family income figures developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for each metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and the statewide portions of nonmetropolitan areas. FDIC:FIL-74-2001 9/6/01

  • Commercial Banks Earn Almost $20 Billion In Second Quarter, 2001

    Insured commercial banks earned $19.2 billion in the second quarter of 2001, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced. FDIC:PR-61-2001 9/6/01

  • FDIC Issues September List Of Banks Examined For CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in June 2001. FDIC:PR-60-2001 9/6/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule to Amend the Percentage of Capital and Surplus a Bank may Loan

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, this final rule establishes a three-year pilot program that creates new
    special lending limits for 1-4 family residential real estate loans and loans to small businesses. Eligible national banks with main offices located in states that have a lending limit available for residential real estate, small business or unsecured loans that is higher than the current Federal limit may apply to take part in the pilot program. OCC 2001-42 9/6/01

  • OCC Issues Fourth Quarter 2001 CRA Examination Schedule

    The OCC released its schedule of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examinations to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2001. OCC:NR 2001- 74 9/6/01

  • FDIC Issues Fourth Quarter CRA Examination Schedule

    The FDIC has issued the public list of institutions that it has scheduled for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examination during the fourth quarter of 2001. FDIC:PR-59-2001 9/4/01

07/31/2001

Top Stories for August 2001

  • Latest FDIC Consumer News Offers Tips for Safe Shopping Over the Internet

    The latest edition of FDIC Consumer News offers practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services. 8/31/01

  • FDIC Makes Public July Enforcement Actions; No Administrative Hearings Scheduled

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in July. No administrative hearings are scheduled for September. FDIC:PR-58-2001 8/31/01

  • OCC Summary of Community Development Investments Underscores the Impact of Local Partnership Efforts

    The OCC released a directory summarizing all Part 24 national bank investments made during 2000. Part 24 investments are
    investments that support community development, that are made pursuant to Part 24 of the OCC's regulations. OCC:NR 2001-73 8/31/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule to Decrease the Basic Discount Rate

    The FRB has amended its Regulation A, Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval
    of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The Board acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. 66FR45752 (text) 66FR45752 (pdf) 8/30/01

  • Donald E. Powell Sworn in as 18th FDIC Chairman

    "I've spent my entire professional career as a banker and look forward to working with the dedicated and
    trusted people of the FDIC," said Chairman Powell. "This is an exciting time in the banking industry, and I
    am honored to be able to have a hand in shaping the issues that lie ahead." FDIC:PR-57-2001 8/30/01

  • FDIC Distributes the FFIEC CD-ROM on Financial Privacy and Information

    The CD-ROM, developed by the FFIEC, contains reference and training materials on consumer financial privacy. The CD-ROM may be used to help your staff:

    • understand the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act privacy provisions,
    • implement effective policies and practices to maintain compliance with the new privacy rule, and
    • protect the security and confidentiality of customer information.
      FDIC:FIL-73-2001 8/29/01
  • FDIC Distributes FinCEN SAR Bulletin

    The SAR Bulletin, published by FinCEN is part of a series of overviews of trends and patterns in money laundering derived from the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) database that can help financial institutions prevent and detect financial crime. FDIC:FIL-72-2001 8/29/01

  • FDIC Publishes OSFI Monthly Warning Advisory

    The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada has published a "Monthly Warning Advisory", which contains the names of entities recently brought to OSFI's attention through an inquiry or complaint. FDIC:FIL-71-2001 8/29/01

  • FDIC Seeks Comment on Study of Banking Regulations Regarding the Online Delivery of Banking Services

    As previously reported in the Federal Register, the FDIC has issued "Request for Comment on Study of Banking Regulations Regarding the Online Delivery of Banking Services." Section 729 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires the FDIC to review its regulations regarding the delivery of financial services and report recommendations to Congress for adapting existing requirements to online banking and lending. FDIC:FIL-70-2001 8/29/01

  • FDIC Web Page Allows Users to Search for Unclaimed Funds from Failed Banks

    The FDIC may be holding unclaimed funds in one of two ways: either as unclaimed insured deposits or as undeliverable dividend checks. The new Web page provides depositors of failed institutions who did not claim their funds previously, or whose dividend checks were returned to the FDIC as undeliverable, an opportunity to claim their funds. FDIC:PR-56-2001 8/28/01

  • OTS Announces 46 CRA Exams Scheduled for 4th Quarter 2001

    The OTS announced that 46 savings associations are scheduled for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examinations during the fourth quarter of 2001. OTS 01-56 8/28/01

  • As Growth Trust Activities Increases, OTS Focuses on Risk-Based Exams

    The OTS has released its updated Trust and Asset Management Handbook, designed to assist OTS examiners in planning and conducting examinations of trust and asset management products and services provided by savings associations. OTS 01-54 8/28/01

  • OCC Offers Bank Directors Seminar

    This one-day workshop will allow directors to interact with senior OCC staff experienced in the risk assessment process through a
    combination of lectures, discussions and exercises. Banker Education 8/27/01

  • FDIC Publishes FFIEC Guidance on Authenticating Identity of Online Customers

    This guidance focuses on the risk-management controls necessary to authenticate the identity of customers accessing electronic financial services. It also addresses the verification of new customers and the authentication of existing customers. The guidance applies to both retail and commercial customers. FDIC:FIL-69-2001 8/27/01

  • FDIC Issues InfoSec Exam Procedures

    The FDIC's examination procedures for customer information security are now available to help both examiners and financial institutions understand compliance expectations in this area. FDIC:FIL-68-2001 8/27/01

  • FRB Publishes List of Foreign Margin Stocks

    The List of Foreign Margin Stocks is composed of certain foreign equity securities that qualify as margin securities
    under Regulation T. The Foreign List is published twice a year by the Board. 66FR44525 8/24/01

  • OTS Publishes Thrift Industry Interest Rate Risk Measures Newsletter

    First Quarter 2001 Newsletter contains the most recent industry statistics for several measures of interest rate risk (IRR): the Post-Shock Net Portfolio Value (NPV) Ratio, the Interest Rate Sensitivity Measure, the Pre-Shock NPV Ratio, and the Change in NPV Ratio. 8/24/01

  • FFIEC Financial Privacy InfoBase Available on Web

    It is now possible to access the FFIEC Financial Privacy InfoBase online. This interactive training resource allows you to customize your view of the information, looking at it in alphabetical order, by agency, by document type, or in chronological order. Download the Flash plug-in and hook up your speakers, because in addition to documents, there are multimedia presentations. 8/24/01

  • OTS Distributes Financial Privacy Infobase CD-ROM

    This CD contains a variety of both print materials and audio-visual training segments on the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information (“the privacy rule”), section 305 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. OTS CEO Ltr 144 8/23/01

  • OTS Announces July CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluation ratings that became available in July 2001. OTS 01-55 8/23/01

  • HUD Issues Final Rule to Govern payments on Ginnie Mae

    The rule requires that payments on Ginnie Mae MBS due to Depositories be made in immediately available funds and supersedes any current provisions allowing those payments to be made by check. Payments to other security holders may be made by check or other means provided the check is received by the security holder not later than the applicable payment date specified in the Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Guide. 66FR44257 (text) 66FR44257 (pdf) 8/22/01

  • Regulators Respond to Insurance Consumer Protection Rules Questions

    Regulators responded to questions submitted by ABA and ABIA relating to the insurance consumer protection rules implementing section 305 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Letter 8/22/01

  • FRB Lowers Interest Rate

    The FOMC decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 3-1/2 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 25 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 3 percent. FRB Press Release FRB Press Release, FRB Press Release 8/22/01

  • FDIC Appoints CEO and Selects Financial Advisor for Superior Federal, FSB, Hinsdale, Illinois

    The Board of Directors of the FDIC announced that John D. Broderick has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Superior Federal, FSB, Hinsdale, Illinois (New Superior). FDIC: PR-55-2001 8/21/01

  • FRB to purchase office building in Washington, DC

    The FRB announced it has contracted to purchase from Mack-Cali Realty Corporation of Cranford, N.J., an eight-story, 173,390 square-foot* office building located at 1709 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., for $67 million. FRB Press Release 8/21/01

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations For 20 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of July 15 through August 14. OCC:NR 2001-71 8/17/01

  • Gale Cincotta a "National Treasure," Says Comptroller Hawke

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. issued a statement regarding community activist Gale Cincotta, who passed away on August 15. OCC:NR 2001-72 8/17/01

  • FRB Final Rule on Subs Published in Federal Register

    The final rule of the Federal Reserve Board implementing the financial subsidiary provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act for state member banks has now been published in the Federal Register. GLBA authorizes state member banks that comply with the requirements of the rule to control, or hold an
    interest in, a financial subsidiary which may conduct certain financial activities that are not permissible for the parent bank to conduct directly. The final rule is substantially similar to the interim rule that the Board adopted in March 2000. The effective date of the final rule is September 17, 2001. 66 FR 42929 [text] 66 FR 42929 [PDF] 8/16/01

  • NCUA Mid-year Statistics - Assets, deposits and investments surge at midyear 2001

    Expanding rapidly, federally insured credit union assets grew 8.9 percent, while savings grew nearly 10 percent and the amount of money placed in investments grew 11.4 percent in the first six months of 2001, according to midyear call report data. NCUA Press Release 8/16/01

  • Dollar AIMs For Minimum 4% NCUA Staff Reduction As Agency Begins Work On 2002 Budget

    NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar told a group of agency department directors today that he will propose a minimum four percent (4%) NCUA staff reduction to be accomplished in the 2002 and 2003 budget cycles. NCUA Press Release 8/16/01

  • OCC Distributes CRA: Income Level, Median Family Income

    OCC Distributes 1990 U.S. Census and 2001 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimated median
    family incomes for metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) and non-MSA portions of each state. OCC 2001-40 8/16/01

  • FRB Publishes FFIEC Guidance on Authentication

    The federal banking agencies recently issued guidance for examiners and banking organizations. The guidance addresses authentication in an electronic banking environment. FRB:SR 01-20 8/16/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Atlantic Bank, New York, New York, are in circulation. The counterfeit items bear no resemblance to the legitimate checks. The address of 211 W. 53rd Street, New York, New York, does not match any Atlantic Bank branch location. FDIC:FIL-67-2001
    8/15/01

  • OCC Announces New Enforcement Actions and Termination

    The OCC announced 6 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and 1 termination of an existing enforcement action. OCC:NR 2001- 70 8/15/01

  • FDIC Publishes FRB Notice on Lifting Mandatory Compliance Date for Interim Rules Amending Regulations B, E, M, Z, and DD

    As earlier reported in Federal Register, the FRB announced it had lifted the October 1, 2001, mandatory compliance date for interim rules governing the electronic delivery of certain consumer disclosures. FDIC:FIL-66-2001 8/14/01

  • OCC Publishes Alert on Fraud Prevention Regarding the Issuance of Tax Relief Treasury Checks

    OCC:Alert 2001-7 8/14/01

  • FRB adopts final rule implementing the financial subsidiary provisions of the GLB Act for state member banks

    The final rule is substantially similar to the interim rule that the Board adopted last year and issued for comment. The rule continues to allow qualifying state member banks to use a streamlined notice procedure to establish a financial subsidiary.
    FRB Press Release 8/14/01

  • FRB Revises Reports of Examination of Community Banking Organizations

    Developments in technology, the expansion of financial services, and a risk-focused approach to examinations necessitate increased flexibility in structuring and organizing the content of reports of examination. The FRB has collaborated on the development of guidance on the format of reports of examination for community banking organizations. FRB:SR 01-19 8/14/01

  • OCC Releases First Quarter Edition of Quarterly Journal

    The June 2001 issue of the Quarterly Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2 (for first quarter 2001), is now available on-line. 8/13/01

  • FFIEC Guidance on Authenticating Identity of Online Customers

    The FFIEC has released a guidance document, "Authentication in an Electronic Banking Environment", to address the verification of new customers and the authentication of existing customers in electronic banking. It provides guidance on the risks and risk management controls which are necessary for proper identity authentication, and applies to both retail and commercial customers. FFIEC Press Release     Guidance Document 8/9/01

  • Comptroller Highlights Opportunities in Ethnically-Diverse Market

    In the lead article of OCC’s summer 2001 community affairs newsletter, Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. underscores the opportunities for national banks to meet the fast-growing needs of an ethnically-diverse financial services market. OCC 2001-69 8/9/01

  • Federal Register Publication of E-Regs Delay

    The previously announced push back of the compliance deadline for the e-regs has now been made official with publication in the Federal Register. 66 FR 41439 [text] 66 FR 41439 [PDF] 8/8/01

  • OCC Integrates Canary Early Warning Process into Community Bank Supervision Booklet

    The Office of the Comptroller has revised its 1998 "Community Bank Supervision" booklet in the
    Comptroller's Handbook, to integrate the Canary early warning process (a risk level assessment) into community bank supervision and makes the assessment of a community bank's information technology part
    of its safety and soundness examination. Community Bank Supervision Booklet 8/7/01

  • FRB Publishes Spanish Version of Complaint Brochure

    The Federal Reserve Board has published a Spanish version of its brochure for consumers, "How to File a Consumer Complaint About a Bank". The brochure covers the kinds of complaints the Federal Reserve System investigates and information needed from consumers in order to assist in an investigation. The brochure also provides information about major consumer protection laws and lists the other federal regulatory agencies and the types of financial institutions they supervise. FRB PR 8/7/01

  • FDIC Issues August List of Banks Examined For CRA Compliance

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in May 2001. 8/6/01

  • FRB Lifts Compliance Deadline on E-regs

    The Federal Reserve has issued a press release announcing the lifting of the October 1, 2001 mandatory compliance date for interim rules governing the electronic delivery of certain consumer disclosures that amended Regs B, E, M, Z and DD.
    Based on the comments received, the Board is considering adjustments to the rules
    to provide additional flexibility. The Board is, therefore, lifting the
    October 1, 2001 compliance date for the interim rules. Once permanent
    final rules are issued, the Board expects to afford institutions a reasonable
    period of time to comply with those rules.
    FRB Notice 8/3/01

  • Regulators Issue Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding CRA

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeks public comment on a wide range of questions as part of the review. The regulators also welcome comments discussing other aspects of the CRA regulations and suggesting ways to improve the efficacy of the regulations. FDIC:FIL-65-2001 8/3/01

  • OTS Issued Five Enforcement Orders In June

    The OTS reported that it issued five enforcement orders to three individuals and one institution during June. OTS 01-53 8/3/01

  • FDIC & OCC Publish FFIEC CRA Q & A s

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FFIEC sent out an update of "Interagency Questions and Answers
    Regarding Community Reinvestment", which is a comprehensive interpretation of the Community Reinvestment Act
    regulations. OCC 2001-39 FDIC:FIL-64-2001 8/3/01

  • Statement of Ellen Broadman Before The Subcommittee On Capital Markets, Insurance And Government Sponsored Enterprises

    OCC discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Interim Final Rules
    Testimony OCC:NR 2001- 68 8/3/01

  • OTS Approves AIG Acquisition of American General Bank

    The OTS announced the approval of the application from American International Group, Inc. (AIG), New York, N.Y., the savings and loan holding company of AIG Federal Savings Bank (AIG Bank), Wilmington, Del., to acquire control of American General Corporation (American General), Houston, Texas, and American General Finance, Inc. (AGFI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American General
    and parent savings and loan holding company of American General Bank, FSB (American General Bank), Midvale, Utah, and to merge American General Bank into AIG Bank. OTS 01-52 8/2/01

  • OCC Distributes New Form for National Bank Community Development Investments

    The new form provides a convenient method for national banks to self-certify or to request prior approval of a community development investment. OCC 2001-38 8/2/01

  • OCC Releases the FFIEC Guidance "Authentication in an Electronic Banking Environment"

    This interagency guidance reviews the risks and risk management features of a number of existing and emerging authentication
    tools. These tools are necessary to initially verify the identity of new customers and to authenticate existing customers that access electronic banking services. OCC:AL 2001-8 8/1/01

06/30/2001

Top Stories for July 2001

  • FDIC Releases Broker Deposit Web Page

    The FDIC launched a Web page that can make it quicker and easier for deposit brokers to submit the information that enables the FDIC to make deposit insurance determinations for brokered deposits held at FDIC-insured financial institutions.
    FDIC:PR-53-2001 7/31/01

  • FFIEC Distributes Uniform Bank Performance Report

    The March 31, 2001 Uniform Bank Performance Report (UBPR) now being distributed to all insured commercial banks and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Insured Savings Banks (FDIC-ISB) is now available for sale to the public. FFIEC Press Release 7/30/01

  • OTS Closes Superior Bank FSB; Hinsdale, Ill. Thrift is Insolvent

    The OTS closed Superior Bank FSB, Hinsdale, Ill., and appointed the FDIC as receiver. OTS 01-51, FDIC:PR-52-2001 7/30/01

  • FRB Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., sworn in to a new term on the Board

    Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., this morning took the oath of office to a new term on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. FRB Press Release 7/30/01

  • Data Available from FFIEC

    The FFIEC announced the availability of data on small business, small farm, and community development lending reported by commercial banks and thrifts. FFIEC Press Release 7/27/01

  • FFIEC Makes Available Year 2000 Mortgage Data

    The FFIEC announced the availability of data for the year 2000 regarding mortgage lending transactions at 7,713 financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) throughout the nation. FFIEC Press Release 7/27/01

  • OTS Director Seidman Urges Support For Broad-Based Deposit Insurance Reform

    OTS Director Ellen Seidman told the House Financial Institutions subcommittee that Congress should undertake a comprehensive reform of the nation’s deposit insurance system, building on the work of the FDIC. OTS 01-50 7/27/01

  • Possible Fraud Associated with the Issuance of Tax Relief Treasury Checks

    The Tax Relief Act has directed the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue tax credit payment to taxpayers. This event could act as a catalyst for mail theft of these checks and the subsequent forgery or alteration of payment amount. OCC:Alert 2001-6, Secret Service memorandum: Tax Relief Checks Fraud Prevention dated July 25, 2001 and updated on August 6th. 7/27/01

  • Comptroller Hawke Urges Congress to Address Unfair Treatment of National Banks in Deposit Insurance System

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. urged a House Financial Services subcommittee to address an inequity in the deposit insurance system that requires national banks to pay a large share of the cost of supervising state-chartered institutions. OCC:NR 2001-67 Statement, Testimony 7/27/01

  • FDIC Distributes the FFIEC Policy Statement on Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses
    Methodologies and Documentation for Banks and Savings Institutions

    This Policy Statement is intended to provide guidance on the design and implementation of ALLL methodologies and supporting documentation practices. FDIC:FIL-63-2001 7/26/01

  • OCC Distributes the FFIEC Policy Statement on Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses
    Methodologies and Documentation for Banks and Savings Institutions

    The Policy Statement, developed in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff, provides guidance on the design and implementation of ALLL methodologies and supporting documentation practices. OCC 2001-37 7/24/01

  • OCC Issues Examination Procedures for the Information Security Guidelines

    This OCC bulletin transmits examination procedures for reviewing a national bank's compliance with "Guidelines Establishing Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information". OCC 2001-35 7/24/01

  • OTS Approves Full-Service Thrift Charter for Allstate Corp.

    The OTS announced that it has approved an application from The Allstate Corporation for a full-service thrift charter for its subsidiary, Allstate Bank, Northbrook, Ill. Allstate, the nation’s largest publicly-held personal-lines insurance carrier,
    originally opened the bank in 1998 as a limited-purpose thrift, offering cash management and trust services to Allstate customers. OTS 01-49 7/23/01

  • FDIC Makes Public June Enforcement Actions

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in June. No administrative hearings are scheduled for August. FDIC:PR-51-2001 7/20/01

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for 17 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of June 15 through July 14. The list contains only national banks and insured federal branches of foreign banks that have received ratings. OCC:NR 2001-65 7/20/01

  • Joint Review of CRA Rule and Request for Comments

    The FDIC, OCC, FRB, and OTS are beginning a review of their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeks public comment on a wide range of questions as part of the review. The regulators also welcome comments discussing other aspects of the CRA regulations and suggesting ways to improve the efficacy of the regulations. Comments must be received by October 17, 2001. 66FR37602 text 66FR37602 pdf, FRB Press Release, OCC:NR 2001-66e, OCC 2001-41 OTS 01-48, FDIC-PR-50-2001 7/19/01

  • OTS Adopts Final Rule to Repeal the Percentage Liquidity Requirement

    The OTS is adopting as final an interim rule that removed the regulation that required a savings association to maintain an average daily balance of liquid assets of at least four percent of its liquidity base, and retained a provision requiring a savings association to maintain sufficient liquidity to ensure its safe and sound operation. 66FR37406 text 66FR37406 pdf 7/18/01

  • OTS Issues Final Rule Amending the Regulation on Stock Form Depository Institution Conversion to Federal Stock Association

    The final rule clarifies that the resulting federal stock savings association in such transactions succeeds to all the rights, property, and obligations of the converting institution. OTS did not receive any comments in response to either the
    direct final rule or the related notice of proposed rulemaking. 66FR37407 text 66FR37407 pdf 7/18/01

  • FOMC Publishes Meeting Schedule

    The Federal Open Market Committee announced its tentative meeting schedule for 2002. FRB Press Release 7/17/01

  • FDIC Requests Comment on Study of Banking Regulations Regarding the Online Delivery of Banking Services

    The FDIC is reviewing its regulations regarding the delivery of financial services. The purpose of this review is to identify
    changes or additions to its regulations that would facilitate the use of new technologies by financial institutions. This Request for Comment solicits comment on issues arising from the electronic delivery of financial products and services. 66FR37029 (text) 66FR37029 (pdf) 7/17/01

  • OTS Issued Three Enforcement Orders in May

    The OTS reported that it issued three enforcement orders and terminated two others during May 2001. OTS 01-47 7/16/01

  • FDIC FIL 62-2001 Highlights June OFAC Change

    The FDIC's FIL 62-2001 simply informs banks of the change to the OFAC list made on June 27, 2001. FDIC:FIL-62-2001 7/16/01

  • OTS Posts Revised CRA Questions and Answers

    The OTS issued a revised Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment publication that replaces the version published in April 2000. OTS 01-46 7/13/01

  • OCC Announces 10 New Enforcement Actions and 2 Terminations

    The OCC announced 10 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and 2 terminations of existing enforcement actions. OCC:NR 2001-64 7/13/01

  • FFIEC Updates CRA Q&As

    The FFIEC has issued amended and updated Interagency questions and answers relating to the Community Reinvestment Act. Updated Interagency CRA Q&As. The new Q&As, which were effective July 11, 2001, supplement and amend the previous Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment. 7/12/01

  • OFAC Issues Interim Rule/Request for Comments

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued an Interim Rule and Request for Comments to implement the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, Title IX of Public Law 106-387. These regulations amend the licensing provisions of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, and the Iranian Transactions Regulations as they relate to the exportation and reexportation from the U.S. or by U.S. persons of agricultural commodities, medicine, or medical devices to Cuba, Sudan, Libya, and Iran. These regulations also Threeamend the Cuban Assets Control Regulations with respect to Cuba travel-related transactions. The effective date of the Interim Rule is July 26, 2001. 7/12/01

  • FDIC Issues Guidance on the Permissible Use of Consumer Reports

    FDIC has issued its FDIC:FIL-61-2001 to provide guidance regarding recent developments with the FTC's reconsideration of parts of its staff opinion letter (Tatelbaum opinion) on the use of consumer reports in situations where financial institutions were extending credit to a closely held business and were requesting the personal guarantee of the principal of that business. As noted in previous Top Stories reports, the reconsideration came after the regulators, including FDIC, sent a letter to the FTC on May 31, 2001, asking that the FTC staff reconsider the Tatelbaum opinion. FDIC:FIL-61-2001 7/12/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule on Authority and Standards to Conduct Multi-state Trust Operations

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the rule states a national bank authorized to engage in fiduciary
    activities may act in a fiduciary capacity in any state that permits its own in-state fiduciaries to act in that
    capacity, including at trust offices. OCC 2001-33 7/11/01

  • FRB Issues the FFIEC Interagency Policy Statement on ALLL

    The interagency policy statement clarifies the agencies' expectations on documentation that supports the ALLL methodology. Additionally, the statement emphasizes the need for appropriate ALLL policies and procedures, which should include an effective loan review system. The guidance also provides examples of appropriate supporting documentation as well as illustrations on how to implement this guidance. FRB:SR 01-17
    7/11/01

  • OCC Alerts Banks to FCRA Development

    In its AL 2001-6, the OCC advises national banks of a new development relating to how the FTC's informal interpretive letter dated July 26, 2000, on the application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") to business loan transactions will be applied.
    OCC:AL 2001-6 7/11/01

  • OTS Announces Nine June CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluation ratings that became available in June 2001. OTS 01-44 7/10/01

  • FDIC Circulates Information about Canadian Lottery Telemarketing Fraud

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has again asked the FDIC to circulate to FDIC-supervised institutions an alert about a Canadian lottery telemarketing fraud. FDIC:FIL-60-2001 7/9/01

  • FFIEC Issued a Policy Statement on Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

    The Policy Statement, developed in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff, provides guidance on the design and implementation of ALLL methodologies and supporting documentation practices. FFIEC Press Release 7/9/01

  • FinCEN Issues Advisories

    FinCEN has issued advisories for transactions involving the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein and Panama. FinCEN Advisories 7/9/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule to Amend Reg A

    The FRB amended Regulation A, Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. 66FR35529 (text) 66FR35529 (pdf) 7/6/01

  • FDIC Issues July List of Banks Examined For CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in April 2001. FDIC:PR-49-2001 7/6/01

  • Ellen Seidman Announces Her Resignation As Director of the OTS

    Ellen Seidman announced that she has submitted her resignation to President Bush as Director of the OTS, effective upon the confirmation and appointment of her replacement. OTS 01-43 7/6/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule to Amend the Assessment Rule

    As earlier reported in the June 1st Federal Register, the OCC is amending the formula it uses to assess independent credit card banks. This rule was effective July 1st. OCC 2001-32 7/6/01

  • FRB Rescinded its Policy Governing Third-Party Access to the Fedwire System

    The FRB recently rescinded its policy governing third-party access to the Fedwire system. As a result, the Supervisory letter
    revokes previously issued supervisory guidance on Fedwire Third Party Access Policy (SR letter 95-48) and Fedwire Third-Party
    Access Policy - Foreign Service Provider (SR letter 96-07). FRB:SR 01-16 7/6/01

  • OCC Issues Guidance on Internet Web Linking

    The OCC issued guidance on the risks that arise when national banks establish Web links to the Web sites of other
    companies that allow bank customers to purchase products and services from the linked companies. OCC:NR 2001-63 7/5/01

  • FDIC Summary of Deposits Survey for June 30, 2001 Sent to Banks

    The annual Summary of Deposits (SOD) survey and instructions for the period ending June 30, 2001, will be mailed on July 6 to institutions with more than a main office facility. Unit banks, those banks that do not have any branches, do not participate in this survey. FDIC:FIL-59-200 7/3/01

  • FDIC's Financial Education Curriculum Money Smart is Now Available

    The FDIC and the DOL announced a joint initiative on January 19, 2001, called Money Smart to help banks and One Stop Career Centers deliver financial education in their communities. The Money Smart curriculum has been completed and is now available to banks and One Stop Centers free of charge. FDIC:FIL-58-2001
    7/3/01

  • FDIC Seek Comments on Draft 2001-2006 Strategic Plan

    The FDIC is seeking comments from FDIC-supervised institutions on its draft strategic plan covering the six-year period 2001 through 2006. Comments are due by July 31, 2001. FDIC:FIL-57-2001 7/3/01

  • Thrift Industry Interest Rate Risk Falls to Lowest Point in Two Years

    The OTS reported that only 20 thrifts, or 2.1 percent, were at high risk from a hypothetical 200 basis point shift in interest rates as of the end of the first quarter. That is down from 3.5 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. OTS 01-42 7/3/01

  • Regulators Issue Letter to SEC Concerning New Rules on Broker-Dealer Exemptions

    The FRB, OCC and FDIC are joining together to write a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning the SEC’s interim final rules to implement provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that provide specific exemptions from the broker and dealer definitions that permit banks to continue providing trust and fiduciary, and other specified traditional banking products and services. FRB Press Release, OCC 2001-30 7/3/01

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Facilitate National Banks' Ability to Conduct Business using Electronic Technologies

    This proposal groups together new and revised regulations addressing: National banks' exercise of their Federally authorized powers through electronic means; the location, for purposes of the Federal banking laws, of a national bank that engages in electronic activities; and the disclosures required when a national bank provides its customers with access to other service providers through hyperlinks in the bank's website or other shared electronic ``space.'' 66FR34855 (text) 66FR34855 OCC:NR 2001-60 OCC 2001-36 7/2/01

  • OCC Publishes Final Rule Regarding the Authority and Standards for National Banks to Conduct Multi-state Trust Operations

    The purpose of these changes is to provide enhanced guidance to national banks engaging in fiduciary activities.
    66FR34792 (text) 66FR34792 OCC:NR 2001-62 7/2/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule Governing Investment Securities, Bank Activities and Operations

    The revisions to the investment securities regulations incorporate the authority to underwrite, deal in, and purchase certain municipal bonds that is provided to well capitalized national banks by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. 66FR34784 (text) 66FR34784 Correction OCC: NR 2001-61 OCC 2001-34 7/2/01

  • FDIC Makes Public May Enforcement Actions

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in May. No administrative hearings are scheduled for July. FDIC:PR-48-2001 7/2/01

  • OTS Announces May CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluation ratings that became available in May 2001. OTS 01-41 7/2/01

05/31/2001

Top Stories for June 2001

  • Banking Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

    The FRB, FDIC and OCC issued the host state loan-to-deposit ratios that the banking agencies will use to determine compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994. FRB Joint Press Release, OCC 2001-29, FDIC-PR-47-2001 FDIC:FIL-56-2001 6/29/01

  • OFAC CORRECTS ERRORS IN DOWNLOADABLE FILES

    At 1:30 p.m. yesterday, OFAC corrected errors in the downloadable delimited .zip and .exe files it makes available on its Web site. Earlier yesterday, as noted in yesterday's special BOL OFAC alert, the Office of Foreign Assets Control updated the OFAC list to add 35 new specially designated nationals who are believed to threaten stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans. The errors in the downloadable files related to those earlier changes and affect only those people who downloaded the files within the few hours between when the list changed and when the delimited file errors were discovered and corrected by OFAC.6/28/01

  • Comptroller Views Underwriting Tightening Rational Response to Previous Lending Excesses

    The OCC's seventh annual Survey of Credit Underwriting Practices found that underwriting standards for commercial and retail loans tightened during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2001. OCC:NR 2001-59 6/28/01

  • FOMC Lowers Target for Federal Funds by 25 Basis Points

    The FOMC at its meeting decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 3-3/4 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 25 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 3-1/4 percent. FRB Press Release 6/28/01

  • OFAC List Updated with New SDNs

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control has updated its SDN list June 27, 2001, in light of a new Executive Order from President Bush blocking property of persons "who threaten international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans." The names of 35 new Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) have been added to the list. Get the details. 6/27/01

  • Douglas W. Roeder Appointed Senior Deputy Comptroller for Large Banks

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. announced that Douglas W. Roeder has been appointed Senior Deputy Comptroller for Large Banks. In this newly established position, Mr. Roeder will be responsible for examinations and supervision activities in the largest national banks and for overseeing operations in the OCC's London office. OCC:NR 2001-58 6/26/01

  • FDIC Press Briefing on Wednesday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m.

    At a press briefing on Wednesday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m., FDIC staff analysts will provide details on first-quarter 2001 earnings for the commercial banking and thrift industries. 6/26/01

  • FRB Issues Correction to Proposed Regulation W Rule

    This Proposed Rule seeks comment on whether the Board should exempt extensions of credit by a bank to any person that are secured by shares of a mutual fund for which the bank or an affiliate of the bank acts as investment adviser. 66FR33649 (text) 66FR33649 (pdf) 6/25/01

  • FDIC Reports On Banking Industry Readiness

    U.S. banks generally are well positioned to deal with difficulties if the economy continues to slow, the
    FDIC reported. FDIC:PR-46-2001 6/25/01

  • Regulators Mail Second Quarter Call Report Information

    Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) for Second Quarter 2001 aree due by July 30, 2001. FDIC:FIL-55-2001 6/25/01

  • NCUA amends Truth in Savings Act (TISA)

    NCUA is amending the Truth in Savings Act (TISA) to address electronic
    advertisements. These amendments conform to the Electronic Signatures
    in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign Act). This rule is effective
    June 21, 2001, however the mandatory compliance date is October 1, 2001
    to allow time for any necessary operational changes. NCUA: 66FR33159 6/21/01

  • NCUA proposes amendments to various rules

    The NCUA Board is proposing amendments to various rules to make technical corrections and add and revise certain definitions. Comments must be received on or before August 20, 2001. NCUA: 66FR33211 6/21/01

  • OTS increases costs of supervising 3-, 4-, and 5-rated institutions

    The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is amending its assessments rule to more accurately reflect the increased costs of
    supervising 3-, 4-, and 5-rated institutions. As amended, OTS will compute the condition component of a savings association's assessment at 50 percent of the size component for 3-rated institutions, and 100 percent of the size component for 4- and 5-rated institutions. The new rates will be effective July 23, 2001. OTS: 66FR33157 6/21/01

  • OTS Issued Two Enforcement Orders In April

    The OTS reported that it issued a cease and desist order and civil money penalty both dated April 17, to Dennis M. Ware, former employee of Banco Popular, Newark, New Jersey. OTS 01-40 6/21/01

  • OTS and Thrifts Strong and Prepared, Director Seidman Tells Senate

    The nation's thrift industry and its primary regulator, the Office of Thrift Supervision, are “strong and prepared to meet the challenges ahead,” OTS Director Ellen Seidman testified at a Senate Banking Committee oversight hearing on the condition of the U.S. financial system. OTS 01-39 6/21/01

  • Comptroller Cites Industry Trends that Give Cause for Concern

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. told a Senate panel that while banks are far better prepared to deal with a slowing economy than they were at the onset of the last economic downturn in 1990, there are trends in the industry that give cause for concern. OCC: NR 2001-57, Speech 6/21/01

  • OCC Announces New Enforcement Actions

    The OCC announced 9 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and 1 termination of an existing enforcement action. OCC:NR 2001- 56 6/21/01

  • Identity Theft Highlighted in SAR Activity Review

    There has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents of identity theft reported by banks on suspicious activity reports (SARs). This finding is reported in the second issue of the SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips and Issues, a collaborative report being released today which provides feedback to the financial, law enforcement and regulatory communities based on analysis of the SAR data. FinCEN News 6/19/01

  • FDIC Takes Steps to Help Rebuild Areas Affected by Tropical Storm Allison

    The FDIC has announced a series of steps intended to facilitate the process of rebuilding in Houston and surrounding communities damaged by the storm. The FDIC has issued guidelines encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers who are experiencing difficulties due to conditions beyond their control. FDIC:FIL-54-2001 6/19/01

  • OCC Reports Record Derivatives Trading Revenue for Banks

    U.S. commercial banks earned a record $4 billion from cash instruments and derivatives activities in the first quarter of 2001, an increase of $1.2 billion over the fourth quarter of 2000. The notional amount of derivatives in insured commercial bank portfolios increased by $3.4 trillion in the first quarter, to $43.9 trillion. OCC:NR 2001-54 6/19/01

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for 18 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public during the period of May 15 through June 14. The list contains only national banks and insured federal branches of foreign banks that have received ratings. The possible ratings are outstanding, satisfactory, needs to improve, and substantial noncompliance. OCC:NR 2001-55 6/19/01

  • FDIC Circulates Fictitious Regulatory Agency Issuances

    The OCC has asked the FDIC to circulate information to FDIC-supervised institutions about fictitious documents that contain
    proposals suggesting that individuals can claim certain international payments reportedly being held by the OCC. FDIC:FIL-52-2001 6/14/01

  • Donna Tanoue Announces her Resignation as Chairman of the FDIC

    Donna Tanoue announced that she has submitted her resignation as Chairman of the FDIC, effective July 11, 2001.FDIC:PR-45-2001, OTS 01-38 6/13/01

  • OCC Encourages National Banks to Work with Customers Affected by Floods in Houston Area

    The OCC has outlined measures to assist national banks and their customers affected by the floods in the Houston area.
    The OCC recognizes that the effects of natural disasters on individuals and businesses are often temporary, and that prudent efforts to adjust or alter terms on existing loans in areas affected by the disasters and related problems should not be subject to bank examiner criticism. OCC:NR 2001- 53 6/12/01

  • FRB Announces New Appointments

    Appointments of Donald Kohn as Advisor to the Board for Monetary Policy in the Office of Board Members, Vincent Reinhart as Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs, and Brian Madigan as Deputy Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs, all
    effective July 2, 2001. FRB Press Release 6/12/01

  • NACHA Approves E-Sign For ACH Debits

    The Electronic Payments Association has approved an E-Sign provision for the NACHA Operating Rules that govern the Automated Clearing House Network. Under the new rule, any electronic signature that complies with the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act will be deemed to comply with NACHA's requirements for "similarly authenticating" a consumer ACH debit authorization. NACHA News Release 6/12/01

  • OTS Requests Comment on Study of Banking Regulations Regarding the Online Delivery of Financial Services

    Pursuant to section 729 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), OTS and the other federal banking agencies are studying their
    regulations on the delivery of financial services. The purpose of the study is to report findings and conclusions to Congress, together with recommendations for appropriate legislative or regulatory action to adapt existing requirements to online banking and lending. 64FR31186 (text), 64FR31186 (pdf) 6/11/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule to Amend the Percentage of Capital and Surplus a Bank may Loan

    This final rule establishes a three-year pilot program that creates new special lending limits for 1-4 family residential real estate loans and loans to small businesses. Eligible national banks with main offices located in states that have a lending limit available for residential real estate, small business or unsecured loans that is higher than the current Federal limit may apply to take part in the pilot program. OCC:NR 2001-52 Final Rule 6/11/01

  • OTS Reports Highest Quarterly Earnings Since March 2000; 1-4 Family Mortgage Originations Near Record Level

    Earnings for the nation’s thrift industry jumped 12 percent in the first quarter of 2001 to $2.16 billion, the OTS reported. In its First Quarter 2001 Thrift Industry Data Report, OTS said that earnings were the highest since the first quarter of 2000 when they stood at $2.23 billion. OTS 01-37 6/8/01

  • FDIC Reports Commercial Banks Report Record Quarterly Earnings

    Commercial banking industry profits rebounded in the first quarter of 2001 to a record $19.9 billion, up from $17.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2000, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced. FDIC:PR-44-2001 6/8/01

  • FDIC Spotlights OFAC Change

    FDIC has issued its FIL-51-2001 to notify nonmember banks of the May 16, 2001 changes to the OFAC list. FDIC:FIL-51-2001 6/7/01

  • FinCEN Issues Bulletin on Suspicious Activity Related to Phone Card Businesses

    A review of SARs filed with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network identified over 160 reports indicating suspicious financial activity related to businesses involved in phone card sales. SAR Bulletin 6/7/01

  • OTS Announces 48 CRA Exams Scheduled for 3rd Quarter 2001

    The OTS announced that 48 savings associations are scheduled for Community Reinvestment Act examinations during the third quarter of 2001. OTS 01-36 6/6/01

  • OCC Issues Third Quarter 2001 CRA Examination Schedule

    The OCC today released its schedule of Community Reinvestment Act examinations to be conducted in the third quarter of 2001. OCC:NR 2001- 51 6/6/01

  • FDIC Issues June List of Banks Examined for CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in March 2001. FDIC:PR-43-2001 6/6/01

  • Disclosing Account Numbers

    Regulators issue a Privacy rule: Interagency letter, concerning sharing of account numbers for use in marketing. 6/5/01

  • OFAC Changes

    Weeks with no activity, then four changes to the OFAC list in under three weeks. We show you where to find the complete list of changes in Top Stories, including the changes on May 16, 23, 31 and June 1. You can always get the information for the last change at http://www.treas.gov/ofac/bulletin.txt. To get a list of updates for the entire click here: http://www.treas.gov/ofac/t11edit.html 6/5/01

  • FDIC Publishes Bank Technology Bulletin

    The FDIC Bank Technology Bulletin introduces three short documents containing practical ideas for banks to consider when they engage in technology outsourcing. FDIC:FIL-50-2001 6/5/01

  • Governor Edward W. Kelley, Jr., announces intention to resign from the Board of Governors

    The FRB released a statement from Governor Edward W. Kelley, Jr., announcing his plans to resign from the Board after at least one of the current vacancies is filled. Kelley said he will submit a formal letter of resignation to the President when an additional Governor has been nominated and confirmed, and is at work at the Board. FRB Press Release 6/5/01

  • GE Bank Subsidiary Granted Federal Thrift Charter

    GE Capital Consumer Card Co., Mason, Ohio, received approval from the OTS May 31 to switch from a state bank charter to a federal savings bank charter. Upon adopting the new charter, the savings bank will change its name to GE Financial Corp. OTS 01-35 6/4/01

  • OCC Publishes Amended Year 2001 Fee Schedule

    This Bulletin supersedes material contained in Bulletin OCC 2000-30 concerning semiannual assessments for independent credit card banks and the assessment surcharge for problem banks. Fees OCC:2001-27
    6/4/01

  • Former FDIC Employee Sentenced in Identity Fraud Scheme

    FDIC Inspector General Gaston L. Gianni, Jr., announced that former FDIC employee Theresa A. Hill of Seat Pleasant, MD, was sentenced on May 29, 2001, to five years of probation, including six months of home confinement, in connection with an identity fraud scheme. FDIC:PR-41-2001 6/4/01

  • Former Illinois Bank President Indicted

    FDIC Inspector General Gaston L. Gianni, Jr., announced that Clark K. Bush, former president of the Murphy-Wall State Bank in Pinckneyville, Illinois, has been indicted on eight criminal charges relating to alleged misconduct while serving as the bank's president. FDIC:PR-42-2001 6/4/01

  • FDIC Issues Third Quarter CRA Examination Schedule

    The FDIC has issued the public list of institutions that it has scheduled for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examination during the third quarter of 2001. FDIC:PR-39-2001 6/4/01

  • The Federal Reserve Board has just issued guidance for examiners to follow in examining banks for compliance with the guidelines for safeguarding customer information security.

    The new guidance, which includes an Examination Questionnaire, should give bankers insight into what the examiners will focus on. FRB:SR 01-15 6/1/01

  • The OFAC list was updated today to include the names of twelve new Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. OFAC 6/1/01

  • Risk-Based Examination Program May Require Call Reports For All Credit Unions

    NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar told a group of Pennsylvania and New Jersey credit union leaders today that a proposed flexible examination schedule which seeks to extend the exam cycle from 12 to 18 months for certain credit unions with strong CAMEL ratings and make NCUA examinations more risk-focused will carry “great benefits to both credit unions and the NCUA while maintaining the highest standards of safety and soundness. NCUA Press Release 6/1/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule to Assessment Rule

    The OCC is changing the way they assess "independent credit card banks." They are also raising the surcharge for all institutions with composite ratings of 3, 4, or 5 under the CAMEL Rating. 66FR29889 (text) 66FR29889 (pdf) 6/1/01

04/30/2001

Top Stories for May 2001

  • FRB Requests Comment on Proposed Changes to Policy on Payments System Risk

    The FRB is requesting comment on a proposed interim policy statement and a package of short- and long-term proposals pertaining to its Payments System Risk (PSR) policy. In addition, the Board is rescinding the interaffiliate transfer policy. FRB Press Release 5/31/01

  • OCC Bulletin Focuses on Privacy Exam Procedures

    OCC has issued its OCC Bulletin 2001-26 to advise national banks of the privacy exam procedures recently adopted by the federal banking agencies. OCC 2001-26 5/31/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Missing/Stolen Official Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the IndyMac Bank, FSB, Pasadena, California, that 100 of the bank's official checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. The missing official checks are numbered 256064500 through and including 256064599. FDIC: FIL-49-2001 5/31/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Missing Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the Banco Tejano, Branch of Texline State Bank, Houston, Texas, that 100 of the bank's cashier's checks are missing. The missing checks are numbered 1801 through and including 1900. FDIC:FIL-48-2001 5/31/01

  • FDIC Makes Public March Enforcement Actions

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in April. No administrative hearings are scheduled for June. FDIC:PR-39-2001 5/31/01

  • OFAC Updates Listing of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers

    As earlier reported, a new Presidential order affecting the OFAC list was released on May 23, 2001, but it does not add new SDNs to the list or new countries. It is instead directed at prohibiting the direct or indirect importation into the United States of all rough diamonds from Liberia. 66FR29229 (text) 66FR29229 (pdf) 5/30/01

  • Federal Reserve Board announced that it is seeking nominations for appointments to its Consumer Advisory Council

    The Council advises the FRB on the exercise of its responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Protection Act and on other matters on which the Board seeks advice. The group meets in Washington, D.C., three times a year. FRB Press Release 5/30/01

  • Consumer Advisory Council Announces Meeting Date

    The FRB announced that the Consumer Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 28. FRB Press Release 5/30/01

  • FDIC Issues Alerts on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations in the United States Without Authorization

    The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published a "Monthly Warning Advisory", which contains the name of an entity recently brought to OSFI's attention through an inquiry or complaint. FDIC:FIL-47-2001 5/30/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule to Decrease the Basic Discount Rate

    The FRB amended its Regulation A on Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The FRB acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the
    twelve Federal Reserve Banks. 66FR29009 (text) 66FR29009 (pdf) 5/29/01

  • Don't Sweat 5/23 OFAC Change

    A new Presidential order affecting the OFAC list was released on May 23, 2001, but it does not add new SDNs to the list or new countries. It is instead directed at prohibiting the direct or indirect importation into the United States of all rough diamonds from Liberia.OFAC Change 5/24/01

  • OTS Announces 12 April CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluation ratings that became available in April 2001. OTS 01-34 5/23/01

  • Comptroller Hawke Tells Bankers that Regulators Must Respond In Measured and Predictable Way to Credit Problems

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said that the OCC learned from the experience of the late 1980s and early 1990s how important it is to maintain a supervisory approach that is both carefully measured and predictable. OCC:NR 2001-50 , Speech 5/22/01

  • Julie L. Williams Speaks Before the Consumer Bankers Association

    Read her speech on CRA. OCC:NR 2001-49 5/22/01

  • Study of regulations; request for comment

    Pursuant to section 729 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the FRB is conducting a study and preparing a report about its banking regulations with respect to the online delivery of financial services. 66FR27912 (text) 66FR27912 (pdf) 5/21/01

  • FDIC Publishes Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

    The FDIC has published its semiannual agenda of regulations in the Federal Register to inform the public of the Corporation's regulatory actions and encourage participation in the rulemaking process. FDIC:PR-38-2001 5/18/01

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluations that became public during the period of April 15 through May 14. OCC:NR 2001- 48 5/18/01

  • OCC Announces Enforcement Actions and Terminations

    The OCC announced 10 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks and 2 terminations of existing enforcement actions. OCC:NR 2001- 47 5/18/01

  • FRB Requests Comment on how Regulations May Be Adapted to Online Banking and Lending

    The FRB is currently reviewing pertinent regulations to assess their suitability for transactions that
    are conducted through the Internet. FRB Press Release 5/18/01

  • Privacy Exam Procedures

    The new exam procedures for consumer financial privacy have been adopted by the federal bank regulatory agencies through the FFIEC. As anticipated, the exam procedures are tailored to institutions' information-sharing practices. The procedures describe how institutions are to be examined for compliance with the privacy regulation. They also include an examination checklist for use in verifying compliance. (Scroll down to page 11 of the pdf document to reach the Exam Objectives.) 5/17/01

  • OFAC Updates Listing of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers

    On May 16, 2001, the Office of Foreign Assets Control issued an update to its SDN list and updated its brochure on Terrorism to incorporate new entries. The new entries were added to the list of Specially Designated Nationals after the Secretary of State published the designation of the REAL IRA.OFAC 5/17/01

  • Fed Lowers Interest Rate

    The FOMC at its meeting decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to 4 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 3-1/2 percent. FRB Press Release 5/16/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Missing/Stolen Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the Bank of Prescott, Prescott, Arkansas, that packages containing 700 of the bank's cashier's checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. FDIC:FIL-45-2001 5/16/01

  • OFAC Updates List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons

    On April 24, 2001, the Department of the Treasury's OFAC amended its listing of specially designated nationals and blocked persons to include the names of additional Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. FDIC:FIL-44-2001 5/16/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert Fictitious Invoices

    The FDIC has learned that a number of financial institutions nationwide are receiving fictitious invoices from International Distributors LTD, P.O. Box 3841-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica, for 12 dozen "Ribbon Black NCR encoding MICR-80." FDIC:FIL-43-2001 5/16/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Counterfeit Checks

    The FBI Baltimore, Maryland, office has asked the FDIC to alert all FDIC-supervised banks about the circulation of counterfeit checks drawn on the National Cancer Institute's account at the National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union in Bethesda, Maryland. In December 2000 and January 2001, at least seven counterfeit checks were fraudulently negotiated. FDIC:FIL-42-2001 5/16/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Stolen Western Union Money Orders

    The FDIC has learned that a substantial number of Western Union Money Orders were stolen during a robbery. Many of the stolen items have been deposited to bank accounts in several states. FDIC:FIL-41-2001 5/16/01

  • FRB Announces Availability of Identity Theft: Protect Yourself Video

    The 15-minute video explains how easily someone can obtain your personal financial information and unlawfully use that information to obtain credit or other financial information under your name. Included in the video are interviews with identity theft victims, law enforcement officers and industry representatives. FRB Press Release 5/15/01

  • OCC Updates Large Bank Supervision Guidance

    The OCC issued a revised version of the Large Bank Supervision booklet, updating the guidance and procedures used in
    supervising large and complex mid-sized national banks. OCC:NR 2001- 46 5/15/01

  • FRB Issues Guidance on Securities Activities of State Member Banks

    This guidance addresses issues and questions that have been raised by examiners and other
    supervisory personnel regarding this change to the permissible securities activities of state member banks. FRB:SR 01-13
    5/15/01

  • Electronic Delivery of Consumer Disclosures

    As earlier report in the Federal Register, the FRB published interim final rules establishing uniform standards for the electronic delivery of federally mandated disclosures under five consumer protection regulations. Reg B, Reg E, Reg M, Reg Z, Reg DD
    5/14/01

  • Agencies Remind Bankers of Risks Associated with Reliance on Brokered and Rate-Sensitive Deposits

    The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies issued an advisory on the risks of brokered and other rate-sensitive deposits. The agencies warn that excessive reliance on these types of funding products without proper risk management safeguards has the potential to weaken an institution's financial condition. OTS 01-33, FDIC:PR-37-2001 OCC:NR 2001-44, FRB Press Release 5/14/01

  • The FRB is proposing a new rule to implement comprehensively sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act.

    The proposed rule would combine statutory restrictions on transactions between a bank and its affiliates with numerous existing and proposed Board interpretations and exemptions in an effort to simplify compliance with sections 23A and 23B. 66FR24185 (text) 66FR24185 (pdf) 66FR33649 (correction)5/11/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule on Applicability of Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act to the
    Purchase of Securities From Certain Affiliates

    The FRB is adopting an interpretation that would expand the types of asset purchases that are eligible for the exemption in section 23A(d)(6), which exempts the purchase from an affiliate of an asset that has a readily identifiable and publicly available market quotation. 66FR24219 (text) 66FR24219 (pdf) 5/11/01

  • FRB Issues Final Rule on Loans and Extensions of Credit Made by a Member Bank to a Third Party

    The FRB is adopting an interpretation and exemptions from section 23A for certain loans made by an insured depository institution to customers who use the loan proceeds to purchase a security or other asset through an affiliate of the depository institution acting exclusively as a broker or riskless principal in the transaction. 66FR24226 (text) 66FR24226 (pdf) 5/11/01

  • FRB Adopts Interim Rule to Address the Application of Sections 23A and 23B

    The rules require institutions to adopt policies and procedures reasonably designed to monitor, manage, and control credit exposures arising out of the transactions and clarify that the transactions are subject to section 23B. 66FR24230 (text) 66FR24230 (pdf) 5/11/01

  • OCC Publishes the FFIEC Availability of "A Guide to CRA Data Collection and Reporting" available on the Internet

    The FFIEC agencies developed the guide as a resource for financial institutions required to report Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) data. CRA data reports are due annually on March 1. OCC 2001-25 5/11/01

  • FDIC Issues a Guide to Federal Microenterprise Programs

    The publication, Crossing the Bridge to Self-Employment: A Federal Microenterprise Resource Guide, describes various microenterprise programs available through the federal government, and how financial institutions, practitioners and others can access these resources. FDIC:FIL-38-2001 5/10/01

  • FDIC Issues Guidance On Identity Theft And Pretext Calling

    The FDIC issued guidance on measures to prevent identity theft and pretext calling. The guidance reminds financial institutions how to report such activities to regulators using Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), suggests educating consumers on identity theft and pretext calling, and summarizes relevant federal laws.
    FDIC:PR-36-2001 and FDIC:FIL-39-2001 5/10/01

  • FDIC Report Risky Underwriting Practices Rise at Banks but General Underwriting Risks Show a Slight Decline

    FDIC examiners have reported an increase in the occurrence of risky underwriting practices by banks in both construction and consumer lending but found that the percentage of banks in the high-risk categories for general underwriting practices declined slightly, according to the agency's latest Report on Underwriting Practices. FDIC:PR-35-2001 5/10/01

  • FDIC Reports First Quarter 2001 Financial Results for Bank and Thrift Insurance Funds

    The FDIC announced that the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF) reported comprehensive income (net income plus current period unrealized gains/losses on available-for-sale securities) of $451 million for the first quarter, compared to $325 million for the same period last year. FDIC:PR-34-2001 5/9/01

  • OTS is proposing to amend its regulation on conversions from stock form depository institutions
    to federal stock savings associations

    This proposed rule would clarify that the resulting federal stock savings association in such transactions succeeds to all the rights, property, and obligations of the converting institution. This amendment merely codifies OTS's interpretation of its existing regulation. 66FR23198 (txt) 66FR23198 (pdf) 5/8/01

  • OTS is amending its regulation on conversions from stock from depository institutions to federal stock savings associations

    This direct final rule clarifies that the resulting federal stock savings association in such transactions succeeds to all the rights, property, and obligations of the converting institution. This amendment merely codifies OTS's interpretation of its existing regulation. 66FR23153 (txt) 66FR23153 (pdf) 5/8/01

  • OCC Issues Final Rule to amend its assessment regulation

    The OCC is amending its assessment regulation to clarify that the OCC has authority to charge a national bank when the OCC conducts a special examination of a third party that provides services to the bank. 66FR23151 (txt) 66FR23151 (pdf) 5/8/01

  • FDIC Issues May List of Banks Examined for CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in February 2001. FDIC:PR-33-2001 5/8/01

  • OTS Advises Thrifts on Measures to Reduce Incidents of Identity Theft and Pretext Calling

    The OTS advised thrifts to take steps to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of customer financial information. The agency also called on the financial institutions it supervises to detect and deter fraudulent access to such information. OTS 01-32 5/8/01

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Fictitious Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has learned that fictitious cashier's checks drawn on "Ferndale Trust & Loan" are in circulation. The address shown on the checks is 22750 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48226. The Michigan Division of Financial Institutions has advised that Ferndale Trust & Loan does not exist. FDIC:FIL-37-2001 5/7/01

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule on Debt Cancellation Contracts and Debt Suspension Agreements

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the OCC is requesting comment on a proposed rule that would establish the standards that apply to a national bank's provision of DCCs and DSAs, enhance consumer protections for customers who buy DCCs or DSAs from banks, and ensure that national banks providing DCCs or DSAs do so on a safe and sound basis. OCC 2001-24 5/7/01

  • FDIC Insurance Big Factor in Investment Decisions, Gallup Survey Shows

    More than half of the people who make household financial decisions took federal deposit insurance into account when considering recent investments, a survey conducted by The Gallup Organization reveals. FDIC:PR-31-2001 5/4/01

  • OTS Issued One Enforcement Order In March

    The OTS reported that it issued a prompt corrective action enforcement order March 23 to Life Bank, San Bernadino, Calif. OTS 01-31 5/4/01

  • Basel Committee Report Outlines Risk Management Principles for Electronic Banking

    The Electronic Banking Group of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, set forth fourteen risk management principles on electronic banking for financial institutions in a report. OCC:NR 2001- 42 5/4/01

  • FRB Requests Comment on a Proposed New Reg W to Implement Sections 23A and 23B

    Regulation W would unify in one document various Board and staff interpretations issued over the years as well as several new interpretations of the statute. It also would provide several additional exemptions from the statute. The purpose of sections 23A and 23B and Regulation W is to limit a bank's risk of loss in transactions with affiliates and limit a bank's ability to transfer to its affiliates the benefits arising from its access to the federal safety net. FRB Press Release FRB Board Press Release 5/4/01

  • Comptroller Closes Malta National Bank

    The FDIC reports that the OCC closed The Malta National Bank, Malta, Ohio, and appointed the FDIC as receiver. The FDIC, as receiver, entered into an agreement with North Valley Bank, Zanesville, Ohio, to assume all the deposits of the failed bank.
    OCC: NR 2001-43 FDIC: PR-32-2001 5/4/01

  • Missing Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the Hudson City Savings Bank, Paramus, New Jersey, that 200 of the bank's cashier's checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. FDIC:FIL-36-2001 5/3/01

  • OCC and FRB Issue Guidance on How to Protect Against ID Theft

    The OCC has issued an advisory letter and the Federal Reserve Board has issued a Supervisory Letter giving institutions under their jurisdiction guidance on how to protect customer information against identity theft and pretext calling. 5/1/01

04/14/2001

Prohibition order

The NCUA has issued an order prohibiting a former employee of a Louisiana federal credit union from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution. The individual had entered a pretrial intervention program relating to charges of felony theft in connection with her employment at the credit union.

04/14/2001

Prohibition order

The NCUA has issued an order prohibiting a former employee of a Louisiana federal credit union from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution. The individual had entered a pretrial intervention program relating to charges of felony theft in connection with her employment at the credit union.

03/31/2001

Top Stories for April 2001

  • OTS Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Assessment Rule

    The OTS is proposing to amend its assessments rule to more accurately reflect the increased costs of supervising 3-, 4-, and 5-rated institutions. 66FR21288 (4/30/01)

  • OTS Reports Interest Rate Risk Reduction For Thrift Industry in 4th Quarter

    The OTS reported that only 3.5 percent of thrifts were at high risk from a hypothetical 200
    basis point fluctuation in interest rates at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s a 42 percent reduction from six percent at the end of the third quarter and eight percent last June. OTS 01-30 (4/30/01)

  • OTS Approves Charter Switch From Credit Union to Thrift

    The OTS announced that it approved the charter application of AGE Federal Credit Union in Albany, Ga., to become HeritageBank of the South, a federal thrift. OTS 01-29 (4/30/01)

  • NCUA Issues Proposed rule that relaxes certain provisions in NCUA's regulations

    This proposed rule relaxes certain provisions in NCUA's regulations for advertising and posting notice of nondiscrimination in
    real estate-related lending. Currently, the regulations provide that a federal credit union (FCU) must include notice of nondiscrimination through use of a particular logotype and specified language. The proposed rule will provide an FCU with more flexibility in how it gives notice when advertising. 66FR20945 (text) 66FR20945 (pdf) (4/30/01)

  • NCUA Issues Final Rule to Revise its Regulations pertaining to the Community Development Revolving Loan Program For Credit Unions

    The NCUA is revising its regulations pertaining to the Community Development Revolving Loan Program For Credit Unions (CDRLP)
    to make more flexible the manner in which NCUA may deliver technical assistance to participating credit unions. This revision reflects the broad authority granted to NCUA by the Federal Credit Union Act (Act) in this context. 66FR20901 (text) 66FR20901 (pdf) (4/30/01)

  • FDIC Makes Public March Enforcement Actions

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in March. No administrative hearings are scheduled for May. FDIC:PR-30-2001 (4/27/01)

  • OFAC Updates Listing of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers

    OFAC (4/25/01)

  • OCC Advises Banks to Ensure Information Systems Security is Maintained

    The OCC issued an alert outlining steps that national banks should take to protect and maintain network security. OCC:NR 2001-40 (4/25/01)

  • OCC, Julie L. Williams Speaks at ABA Conference on Account Aggregation Services

    Technology innovations, such as aggregation, make possible today the creation, transfer and manipulation of information in ways we didn't even dream of 10 years ago. Because the financial industry is fundamentally information-based and driven, advances in technology have had and will continue to have a profound affect on financial services and particularly on the evolution of the banking business. Aggregation services are a perfect illustration of both the promise and the new challenges that technology present for the banking industry. OCC:NR 2001-39 (4/24/01)

  • Regflex Approach Begins Long-Term Process for NCUA Rule and Regulation Evaluation

    The innovative risk-based approach for the RegFlex proposed rule is the first major step in an expected long-term strategic process for NCUA to evaluate current and future rules and regulations, NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar said. NCUA Press Release (4/23/01)

  • NCUA donates computers nationwide and joins the Adopt-A-School Program in Alexandria

    The NCUA donated over 1,000 computers to nonprofit organizations in recent years, and the Alexandria office has officially
    adopted a local elementary school where agency volunteers tutor students. NCUA Press Release (4/23/01)

  • FDIC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Deposit Production Offices Prohibition

    As earlier report, in the Federal Register, this proposal amends the regulatory prohibition against branches being used as deposit production offices to include any bank or branch of a bank controlled by an out-of-State bank holding company, including a bank consisting only of a main office. FDIC:FIL-34-2001 (4/23/01)

  • FDIC Publishes the FRB's Final Rule Revising Reg E Commentary

    The FRB has adopted a final rule revising the Official Staff Commentary to Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The final rule took effect on March 15, 2001; however, the mandatory compliance date is January 1, 2002. FDIC:FIL-33-2001 (4/23/01)

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Possible Attempted Fraud By Convicted Fugitive

    The U.S. Marshals Service has asked the FDIC to alert all U.S. banks about the current activities of fugitive John Ruffo, who was convicted in 1998 for his role in defrauding several banks of over $350 million and may now be attempting another fraud scheme. FIL-32-2001 (4/20/01)

  • FRB Issues Interagency Guidance on Leveraged Financing

    The FRB, along with the other federal banking agencies, issued guidance concerning sound risk management practices for institutions engaged in leveraged financing. FRB:SR 01-9 (4/20/01)

  • FDIC Proposes Rule on Applicants for Deposit Insurance

    The FDIC is proposing to codify into a regulation a requirement previously interpreted in a General Counsel Opinion that an applicant for deposit insurance must be "engaged in the business of
    receiving deposits other than trust funds". The requirement was first
    interpreted in General Counsel Opinion No. 12, which was published by
    the FDIC in March of 2000. 66FR20102 (text) 66FR20102 (pdf) (4/19/01)

  • Donna A. Tanoue elected Chairman of the FFIEC

    Donna A. Tanoue, Chairman of the FDIC, was elected Chairman of the FFIEC for a two-year term beginning April 1. Chairman Tanoue succeeds Dr. Laurence H. Meyer, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. FFIEC Press Release (4/19/01)

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Deposit Production Offices Prohibition

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, this proposal amends the regulatory prohibition against branches being used as deposit production offices to include any bank or branch of a bank controlled by an out-of-State bank holding company, including a bank consisting only of a main office. OCC 2001-22 (4/19/01)

  • OCC Announces 4 New Enforcement Actions

    The OCC announced 4 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and
    formerly affiliated with national banks. OCC:NR 2001- 38 (4/19/01)

  • FRB Cuts Interest Rate by 50 Basis Points

    The FOMC decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to 4-1/2 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 4 percent. FRB Press Release (4/19/01)

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Address Debt Cancellation Contracts and Debt Suspension Agreements

    The purposes of the customer protections set forth in the proposed rule are to facilitate customers' informed choice about whether to purchase DCCs and DSAs, based on an understanding of the costs, benefits, and limitations of the products and to discourage inappropriate or abusive sales practices. 66FR19901 (text) 66FR19901 (pdf) (4/18/01)

  • OCC Publishes the FRB's Revisions to Reg E

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FRB published a final rule amending Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The rule took effect on March 9, 2001. However, compliance with the amendments is not mandatory until October 1, 2001. OCC 2001-21 (4/18/01)

  • FRB Issues Final Rule Regarding Access to Personal Information Under the Privacy Act

    In accordance with the Privacy Act, the FRB is amending its Rules Regarding Access to Personal Information under the Privacy Act regarding monitoring of individuals who may pose a possible threat to the safety of Board members. 66FR19717(text), 66FR19717 (pdf) Notice    Correction(4/17/01)

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Stolen Credit Cards

    The FDIC has been informed by the USAA Federal Savings Bank, San Antonio, Texas, that a number of the bank's credit cards have been stolen from the mail in the upper New England area. FDIC:FIL-30-2001 (4/17/01)

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for 10 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluations that became public during the period of March 15 through April 14. OCC:NR 2001-37 (4/17/01)

  • FRB Issues Final Rule to Adopt Technical Amendments to the Financial Holding Company Provision of Reg Y

    The restored provisions were adopted in December 2000, and inadvertently deleted from the Code of Federal Regulations. 66FR19081(text), 66FR19081 (pdf) (4/16/01)

  • OCC Publishes Update on Status of Proposed FCRA Rule

    OCC has published its OCC-2001-20 to describe the status of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking previously published by the banking agencies on October 20, 2000 (FCRA rule), to implement the
    provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). OCC 2001-20 (4/16/01)

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Formula it Uses to Assess Independent Credit Card Banks

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the rule as proposed would amend the formula the OCC uses to assess
    independent credit card banks. OCC 2001-19 (4/13/01)

  • OTS Announces 13 March CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' CRA performance evaluation ratings that became available in March 2001.
    OTS 01-28 (4/12/01)

  • FRB Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Deposit Production Offices Prohibition

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FRB is requesting public comment on a proposal that would amend Regulation H to expand the prohibition against deposit production offices to include any branch of a bank controlled by an out-of-state bank holding company. FRB Press Release (4/12/01)

  • FDIC Reports Year-End 2000 Financial Results For Bank And Thrift Insurance Funds

    The FDIC announced that the Bank Insurance Fund reported comprehensive income (net income plus current period unrealized gains/losses on available-for-sale securities) of $1.6 billion for the 12 months ending December 31, 2000, compared to a
    loss of $198 million for the same period last year. Consequently, the fund balance increased to $31.0 billion at December 31, 2000. FDIC-PR-29-2001 (4/11/01)

  • Agencies Issue Risk Management Practices for Leveraged Financing

    The federal bank regulatory agencies today issued guidance concerning sound risk management practices for institutions engaged in leveraged financing. FRB Press Release, OCC: NR 2001-36, OTS 01-27 FDIC-PR-28-2001 (4/10/01)

  • NCUA Acting Chairman Says Risk-Based Regulatory Approach Can Keep Agency Budget From Unnecessary Growth

    NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar told Minnesota credit union leaders that the RegFlex proposed rule could facilitate the NCUA’s
    development of a more efficient resource allocation plan, while protecting against unnecessary budget increases in future years.
    NCUA Press Release (4/10/01)

  • OCC, FRB and FDIC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Deposit Production Offices Prohibition

    This proposal amends the regulatory prohibition against branches being used as deposit production offices to include any bank or branch of a bank controlled by an out-of-State bank holding company, including a bank consisting only of a main office.
    66FR18411 (4/9/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Urges New Look at Funding Bank Supervision

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said that the U.S. must find a new method of funding bank supervision -- one that
    strengthens both state and federal supervisory agencies and ensures that they have the resources they need to do their jobs.
    OCC: NR 2001-35 (4/9/01)

  • Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa, California, are in circulation. Circulation of the items seems to be widespread. FDIC:FIL-28-2001 (4/9/01)

  • FRB Issues Final Rule Amending the Basic Discount Rate

    The FRB has amended its Regulation A on Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The Board acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the
    twelve Federal Reserve Banks. 66FR18185 (4/6/01)

  • NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar Seeks Options for Faith-Based Credit Unions to Provide Affordable Financial Services for Communities, Underserved Areas

    NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar announced that he is reviewing the options and opportunities to promote the enhancement of the charter and field of membership for the nation’s nearly 500 faith-based credit unions to serve their respective communities in providing affordable financial services especially in designated underserved areas. NCUA Press Release (4/6/01)

  • Sale of Performing/Non-performing Loans

    The Dallas Field Operations Branch of the FDIC is offering to sell Loan Sale Packages located throughout the United States. (4/6/01)

  • FRB Issues Guidance on Complex Wholesale Borrowings

    Over the past several years, commercial banks have become increasingly reliant on wholesale borrowings obtained
    from a number of financial intermediaries, including Federal Home Loan Banks, other commercial banks, and securities firms.
    These borrowings frequently have attractive features and pricing, and can, if properly assessed and prudently managed, enhance a
    bank's funding options and assist in controlling interest rate and liquidity risks. FRB Press Release (4/6/01)

  • FDIC Issues Recommendations for Reform of Deposit Insurance

    FDIC Chairman Donna Tanoue released the agency's report on recommendations to reform the federal deposit insurance system, saying that the plan would enhance the safety and soundness of the banking industry and ensure that deposit insurance remains the anchor of public confidence in the banking system. FDIC: PR-27-2001 (4/6/01)

  • FDIC Issues April List of Banks Examined for CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the CRA. The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in January 2001. FDIC:PR-26-2001 (4/6/01)

  • FFIEC Announces Risk Management Planning Seminar for 2001

    Identifying and Managing Technology Risks, San Francisco, CA, October 11 - 12, 2001 FFIEC Press Release (4/5/01)

  • OCC Issues Alert on Fraudulent Investment Programs

    The OCC urges all institutions to be wary of proposals to leverage investment portfolios through some type of secondary market activity. The programs are allegedly managed by or under the supervision of the Federal Reserve but this is not the case. The Federal Reserve does not support, issue or supervise any such programs. OCC:Alert 2001-3 (4/5/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Tells Congress that New Capital Proposal Would Permit Continued Investment in Small Business

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. told a Congressional panel that a revised capital proposal for merchant
    banking investment activities would permit continued investment in small business while preserving bank safety and soundness.
    OCC:NR 2001-34, Statement, Testimony (4/5/01)

  • FRB is Adopting an Interim Final Rule amending Reg DD to Establish Uniform Standards for Electronic Delivery of Disclosures

    The rule provides guidance on the timing and delivery of electronic disclosures to ensure that applicants have adequate opportunity to access and retain required information. 66FR17795 (4/4/01)

  • FRB is Adopting an Interim Final Rule amending Reg B to Establish Uniform Standards for Electronic Delivery of Disclosures

    The rule provides guidance on the timing and delivery of electronic disclosures to ensure that applicants have adequate opportunity to access and retain required information. 66FR17779 (4/4/01)

  • FRB is Adopting an Interim Final Rule amending Reg E to Establish Uniform Standards for Electronic Delivery of Disclosures

    The rule provides guidance on the timing and delivery of electronic disclosures to ensure consumers have adequate opportunity to access and retain information when shopping for electronic fund transfer services. 66FR17786 (4/4/01)

  • OCC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend the Formula it Uses to Assess Independent Credit Card Banks

    A national bank is considered independent for purposes of this proposal if it engages primarily in credit card operations and is not affiliated with a full-service national bank. Under the revised assessment structure, all credit card banks would continue to be assessed based on balance sheet assets. Independent credit card banks would pay an additional assessment component based on the ``receivables attributable'' to credit card accounts owned by the bank. This additional assessment is intended to result in payment by these banks of a more appropriate share of the OCC's expenses than under the current book-asset assessment structure.
    66FR17821 (4/4/01)

  • OTS Director Seidman Proposes Enhancing Thrift Charter, Questions Fairness Of Bank Supervision Charges

    OTS Director Ellen Seidman announced a series of legislative proposals designed to give thrifts the right to conduct some additional activities and take actions comparable to commercial banks. OTS 01-26 (4/4/01)

  • Missing Cashier's Checks

    The FDIC has been informed by the Bank of Old Monroe, Old Monroe, Missouri, that a number of the bank's cashier's checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. FDIC: FIL-27-2001 (4/4/01)

  • FDIC Issues Final Rule to Repeal Section 29A of the FDI Act

    As part of the Financial Regulatory Relief and Economic Efficiency Act of 2000, Congress repealed section 29A of the Federal
    Deposit Insurance Act (``FDI Act''). Section 29A imposed certain requirements on deposit brokers and authorized the FDIC to issue
    implementing regulations. 66FR17621 (4/3/01)

  • PACA Director Bob Loftus to Retire

    The NCUA announted that Public & Congressional Affairs Director Robert E. Loftus plans to retire July 27, 2001. Mr. Loftus is the first director of NCUA’s Office of Public & Congressional Affairs, formed in 1985 when the offices of Public Affairs and Congressional Affairs were combined.
    NCUA Press Release (4/3/01)

  • NCUA Chairman Meets with Australian Credit Union Leader; Discusses Regulations, Market Issues

    NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar met with Phillip G. Elliott, chief executive officer of the National Credit Union Association,
    Inc., the second largest credit union trade association in the nation of Australia. Mr. Dollar and Mr. Elliott discussed credit union issues in both Australia and the United States, including the 1999 restructuring of Australia’s financial regulatory laws.
    NCUA Press Release (4/3/01)

  • FDIC Mails First Quarter Call Report Information

    Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) for First Quarter 2001 are due by April 30, 2001.
    FDIC:FIL-24-2001 (4/2/01)

  • FDIC Makes Public February 2001 Enforcement Actions; No Administrative Hearings Scheduled

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in February 2001. FDIC:PR-25-2001 (4/2/01)

  • OTS Issued Six Enforcement Orders in February

    The OTS reported that it issued six enforcement orders to five individuals, entities, or institutions during February 2001.
    OTS 01-25 (4/2/01)

02/28/2001

Top Stories for March 2001

  • FRB Issues Interim Rule to Establish Uniform Standards for Electronic Delivery of Mandated Disclosures Under the Consumer Regs

    Under the rules, financial institutions, creditors, lessors, and others may deliver disclosures electronically if they obtain consumers' consent in accordance with the requirements of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (the "E-Sign Act"), enacted in June 2000. Reg M Interim Rule, Reg Z Interim Rule, FRB Press Release (3/30/01)

  • OCC Publishes the FFIEC Statement on Article 9 Revisions

    National banks and their legal counsel should consider carefully the changes in state law brought about by revised Article 9 in order to ensure the attachment and perfection of their existing and future security interests. OCC 2001-16 FFIEC Statement (3/29/01)

  • Agencies Clarify Guidance on the Accounting and Reporting for Loans Held for Sale

    The federal financial institution regulatory agencies issued guidance to institutions and examiners about the appropriate accounting and reporting treatment for certain loans that are sold directly from the loan portfolio or transferred to a held-for-sale account. FRB Press Release, OCC 2001-15, OTS 01-24 FDIC: PR-24-2001 (3/28/01)

  • Agencies Publish Proposed Regulation Implementing the Provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

    As earlier reported by the agencies, they have published for comment proposed regulations implementing the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that permit institutions to communicate consumer information to their affiliates (affiliate information sharing) without incurring the obligations of consumer reporting agencies. 66FR16624 (3/27/01)

  • FRB Issues Final Rule Amending Regulation E

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FRB published a final rule amending Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The rule took effect on March 9, 2001. However, compliance with the amendments is not mandatory until October 1, 2001. FDIC:FIL-25-2001 (3/26/01)

  • Regulators Issue Supervisory Guidance to Enhance Puplic Disclosures

    A private sector working group recommended several specific practices that would enhance disclosure by large banking organizations. These include quarterly disclosure of some market risk information that is now disclosed annually and enhanced quarterly disclosures about credit concentrations and credit quality of portfolios. FRB Press Release OCC 2001-14 - Guidance (3/26/01)

  • FRB Announces Procedures for Filing of Documents Required by the CRA Sunshine Requirements

    The new CRA Sunshine provisions require nongovernmental entities or persons (NGEPs) and insured depository institutions or affiliates that are parties to certain written agreements that are in fulfillment of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to (1) make the agreement available to the public and the relevant bank or thrift supervisory agency, and (2) file an annual report about the agreement with the relevant supervisory agency. FRB Press Release (3/23/01)

  • FRB Revised its Brochure: When Your Home Is on the Line: What You Should Know about Home Equity Lines of Credit.

    Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act, requires creditors to provide the brochure, or a suitable substitute, to consumers when an application form is provided for a home equity line of credit. FRB Press Release Brochure (3/23/01)

  • FDIC Report Evaluates Prospects for Commercial Credit Quality

    Continuing increases in problem commercial loans are focusing a spotlight on declining conditions in business lending, according to the FDIC. On September 30, 2000, commercial banks reported noncurrent commercial loans of 1.52 percent of total commercial loans, the highest level in the past six years. FDIC:PR-23-2001 (3/22/01)

  • FOMC Lowers Federal Funds by 50 Basis Points

    The FOMC decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to 5 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 4-1/2 percent. FRB Press Release (3/21/01)

  • NCUA Issues Interim Final Rule on Membership Manual

    The NCUA Board is amending its chartering and field of membership manual to make two changes to ease the burden on applicants for community charters, expansions or conversions. First, applicants need not submit documentation to establish a community area that is the same as one the NCUA has previously determined to be a well-defined local community, neighborhood or rural district. Second, the Board is deleting the category of common characteristics and background of residents from the examples of acceptable documentation because it has proven to generate documentation of limited relevance. 66FR15619 (3/20/01)

  • Agencies Extend Effective Date on Bank Insurance Rules

    As earlier reported by each agency, the effective date of consumer protection rules for the sale of insurance products by depository institutions on their premises has been changed. The new effective date will be October 1, 2001, rather than the original effective date of April 1, 2001. 66FR15345 (pdf) (3/19/01)

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for 15 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluations that became public during the period of February 15 through March 14. OCC:NR 2001-32 (3/19/01)

  • OTS Issued Three Enforcement Orders In January

    The OTS reported that it issued three enforcement orders during January 2001, one instituting a civil money penalty and two terminating previously issued cease and desist orders. OTS 01-22 (3/19/01)

  • FRB Publishes Final Rule Revising Reg E Commentary

    The Rule provides guidance regarding electronic check conversion transactions, computer-initiated bill payments, authorization of recurring debits from a customers accounts and telephone-initiated transfers. 66FR15187 (3/16/01)

  • Director Seidman Announces Staff Paper That Finds Real Estate Lending Less Risky
    Than Capital Rules Suggest

    OTS Director Ellen Seidman announced the preliminary findings of an OTS economist’s working paper that concludes that the 1988 Basel Capital Accord risk weights do not accurately track the historical credit experience of U.S. loan portfolios and suggests that residential mortgage and other real estate secured loans may be relatively overburdened by the current standards. OTS 01-21 (3/16/01)

  • NCUA Issues Proposed Rule on Regulatory Flexibility Program

    The NCUA Board is proposing a new rule that would permit credit unions with advanced levels of net worth and consistently strong
    supervisory examination ratings to be exempt, in whole or in part, from certain NCUA regulations that are not specifically required by statute. The NCUA Board is also proposing an amendment to the appraisal regulation to increase the dollar threshold from $100,000 to $250,000 for when an appraisal is required. 66FR15055 (3/16/01)

  • OTS Would Simplify Certain Capital Requirements And Revise Liquidity Standards

    The OTS proposed a rule change to reduce certain capital burdens and separately issued an interim final rule that would conform to recent changes in the law by eliminating a four percent liquidity requirement and replacing it with a general requirement that thrift institutions maintain sufficient liquidity. OTS 01-20 (3/15/01)

  • Agencies Will Allow Privacy Notices Under Existing Fair Credit Reporting Act

    Federal banking agencies announced that any final Fair Credit Reporting Act rule will not require depository institutions to
    revise Gramm Leach Bliley Act privacy notices prepared in reliance on existing FCRA law and delivered to consumers before next January.FDIC-PR-22-2001, FRB Press Release, OCC: NR 2001-30, OTS 01-19, FDIC-PR-22-2001 (3/15/01)

  • FIL Released on February's InfoSec Guidelines

    Nearly a month and a half after the guidelines were published in the Federal Register, FDIC has released an FIL alerting institutions to the guidelines. FIL-22-2001 (3/15/01)

  • OCC Announces 5 New Enforcement Actions

    The OCC announced 5 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks. OCC:NR 2001- 31 (3/15/01)

  • Agencies Extend Effective Date on Bank Insurance Rules

    The federal banking regulatory agencies approved a joint rulemaking that extends the effective date of consumer protection rules for the sale of insurance products by depository institutions on their premises, or on their behalf. The new effective date will be October 1, 2001, rather than the original effective date of April 1, 2001. FDIC-PR-21-2001, FRB Press Release, OCC: NR 2001-29, OTS 01-18 (3/14/01)

  • FRB Publishes Revisions to Reg E Commentary

    The revisions provide guidance on electronic check conversion transactions when a consumer authorizes the use of a check to capture information for initiating an electronic debit from the consumer’s account. FRB Press Release (3/14/01)

  • President's Tax Cut Plan Count Benefit Credit Union's Liquidity

    NCUA Acting Chairman Dennis Dollar told state and federal regulators today that President Bush’s proposed tax cut plan provides credit unions with “an excellent opportunity to emphasize the value of savings and paying down debt while improving their liquidity position at the same time. NCUA Press Release (3/13/01)

  • Uniform Bank Performance Report is Available

    The December 31, 2000 Uniform Bank Performance Report (UBPR) now being distributed to all insured commercial banks and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Insured Savings Banks (FDIC-ISB) is now available for sale to the public. For the most part, the formats for the commercial banks and the FDIC-ISB are identical; however, the FDIC-ISB has its own unique UBPR peer groupings. FFIEC Press Release (3/12/01)

  • Latest FDIC Survey Finds Real Estate Slowing

    The latest results of the FDIC's Survey of Real Estate Trends indicated that conditions generally remained favorable in the nation's real estate markets during the second half of 2000 but there was some deterioration, especially involving single-family homes and local retail properties. FDIC:PR-20-2001 (3/12/01)

  • OTS Announces 14 February CRA Ratings

    The OTS announced savings associations' CRA performance evaluation ratings that became available in February 2001. OTS 01-14 (3/12/01)

  • OCC Reports Trading Revenues Remain Consistent As Derivatives Volume Reaches Record Level

    U.S. commercial banks earned $2.7 billion from trading activities during the fourth quarter 2000, off slightly from the revenue earned a quarter earlier. Trading revenue is earned from cash instruments and off-balance sheet derivative instruments. OCC: NR 2001-28 Report (3/12/01)

  • Regulators Publish Correction to Disclose and Reporting CRA Rule

    Regulators make correction to the previously published final rule, concerning the disclosure
    and reporting of certain agreements related to the CRA. 66FR14071 (3/9/01)

  • Federally insured credit unions will receive $99.5 million

    The NCUA voted to waive an insurance premium for 2001 and pay a 3 percent dividend of $99.5 million to the nation’s 10,316 federally insured credit unions. The dividend returns the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) to the Board approved 1.3 percent normal operating level for calendar year 2000. NCUA Press Release (3/9/01)

  • FDIC Publishes Consumer News

    The latest edition of the FDIC’s quarterly newsletter for consumers features a "how-to" guide to
    understanding and using new rights to financial privacy. Other stories address such topics as what the FDIC’s insurance rules say if you manage deposits for a friend or relative.
    FDIC Consumer News (3/9/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Says Bankers and Regulators Better Prepared to
    Deal with Challenging Economy

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said that bankers and regulators both learned from the problems of the early 1990s and are far better prepared to deal with a challenging economic
    environment today as a result. OCC:NR 2001- 26 (3/9/01)

  • Interagency Task Force Publishes Spanish-Language Consumer Brochure about Shopping for and Negotiating the Best Mortgage

    The federal Interagency Task Force on Fair Lending has published a Spanish-language version of its popular brochure for consumers, Looking for the Best Mortgage: Shop, Compare, Negotiate. FRB Press Release, OCC: NR 2001-27, FTC, OTS (3/9/01)

  • CAC Schedules Next Meeting

    The Federal Reserve Board announced that the Consumer Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 22. FRB Press Release (3/9/01)

  • FDIC Chairman Tanoe Gives Preview of Deposit Insurance Reform

    FDIC Chairman Donna Tanoue previewed the deposit insurance reform recommendations the agency plans to issue at the end of this month. FDIC:PR-19-2001 (3/8/01)

  • FDIC Issues Statement on Appraisal Standards

    The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) of The Appraisal Foundation recently released Appraisal Standards Statement No.10, "Assignments for Use by a Federally Insured Depository Institution in a Federally Related Transaction." The statement was issued in response to indications that some appraisers are not following Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) for federally related transactions. FDIC: FIL-20-2001 (3/8/01)

  • FDIC Releases Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings for Commercial Banks

    Annual profits of the commercial banking industry fell in the year 2000, snapping an eight-year streak of annual earnings records, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation reported. FDIC:PR-18-2001 (3/8/01)

  • OTS Reports Near Record Thrift Earnings in 2000; Industry Mortgage Originations Top
    $200 Billion

    The nation’s thrift industry recorded net income of $8 billion in 2000, down only $200 million from
    the record set in 1999, the OTS reported. In its fourth quarter Thrift Industry Financial Condition Report, the OTS said that earnings were $1.91 billion during the fourth quarter, up from $1.84 billion in the third quarter, a 3.8 percent hike. OTS 01-16 (3/8/01)

  • Nicholas Owens Joins NCUA's Public Affairs Team

    NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar has selected Nicholas N. Owens as special assistant to the chairman for public affairs. NCUA Press Release (3/7/01)

  • OTS Supports Oxley Information Sharing Initiative Targeted at Financial Services
    Industry Wrongdoers

    The OTS supported Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael Oxley’s (R-Ohio) initiative to have the major financial services regulators share information about people and entities in the financial services industry that have committed crimes or engaged in other pertinent wrongdoing.
    OTS 01-15 (3/7/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Outlines the Global Challenges of Internet Banking

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. addressed the cross-border and international challenges of Internet banking for bankers and bank supervisors in a speech to the Institute of International
    Bankers. OCC:NR 2001- 23
    (3/7/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Outlines the Challenges of Reaching the Unbanked

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. outlined the challenges of bringing banking services to the unbanked in a speech to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. OCC: NR 2001-24 (3/7/01)

  • FRB Issues Revisions to Reg E

    The revisions implement amendments to the act contained in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that require the disclosure of certain fees associated with automated teller machine transactions. The amendments require ATM operators that impose a fee for providing electronic fund transfer services to post a notice in a prominent and conspicuous location on or at the ATM. 66FR13409 FDIC: FIL-25-2001 (3/6/01)

  • SEC Issues Proposed Rule Regarding the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000

    The SEC announces several upcoming rulemaking activities regarding recordkeeping requirements under the federal securities laws consistent with the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000. The action delays the effective date of certain provisions in the Act that may affect certain recordkeeping requirements under the federal securities laws. SEC: 33-7955 (3/6/01)

  • FDIC Issues March List of Banks Examined for CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in December 2000. FDIC:PR-17-2001 (3/6/01)

  • OCC Issued Proposed Capital Rule for Nonfinancial Equity Investments

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the OCC has issued a proposed rule on the regulatory capital treatment of nonfinancial equity investments. OCC 2001-13 (3/6/01)

  • Roger W. Ferguson, Nominated to Full term on FRB Board

    Federal Reserve Board member Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. issued the following statement: "I am pleased that President Bush has announced his intention to nominate me to a full term on the Federal Reserve Board. My experience on the Board has been enormously gratifying. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to continue my work with Chairman Greenspan and our colleagues on the Board." FRB Press Release (3/6/01)

  • Former FDIC Employee Pleads Guilty to Identity Fraud Scheme

    FDIC Inspector General Gaston L. Gianni, Jr., announced that former FDIC employee Theresa A. Hill of Seat Pleasant, MD, pled guilty on March 1 to conspiracy in connection with an identity fraud scheme. FDIC: PR-16-2001 (3/5/01)

  • OTS Makes Application Processing Easier

    The OTS issued rules designed to make application processing easier to understand and more predictable for both applicants and the agency. OTS 01-13 (3/5/01)

  • OTS Announces CRA Examination Schedule for 2nd Quarter 2001

    The OTS announced that 43 savings associations are scheduled for CRA examinations during the second quarter of 2001. OTS-01-12 (3/5/01)

  • OCC Issues Second Quarter 2001 CRA Examination Schedule

    The OCC released its schedule of CRA examinations to be conducted in the second quarter of 2001.
    OCC:NR 2000- 21 (3/5/01)

  • OCC Issues Guidance on Bank-Provided Aggregation Services

    The OCC issued a bulletin that outlines the risks involved in the offering of account aggregation services by national banks and the management controls that are needed in connection with such services.
    OCC:NR 2001- 22 (3/5/01)

  • FRB Publishes Final Rule to Implement Provisions of GLBA Requiring Disclosure of ATM Fees

    The GLBA amended the Electronic Fund Transfer Act by requiring disclosure of fees imposed by ATM operators (sometimes referred to as "surcharges"). Many ATM operators that impose such fees already disclose information about the fee to satisfy existing Regulation E and ATM interchange network requirements. FRB Press Release Board's Notice (3/5/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Praises Community Development Lenders

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. said that community development organizations, through hard work and resourcefulness, have passed a critical turning point that ensures their future success in both good economic times and bad. OCC: NR 2001-20 Speech (3/2/01)

  • FDIC Issued Proposed Capital Rule for Nonfinancial Equity Investments

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FDIC is requesting public comment on a proposed rule governing the regulatory capital treatment for equity investments in nonfinancial companies held by FDIC-supervised banks. FDIC:FIL-19-2001 (3/2/01)

  • FDIC Issues Second Quarter CRA Examination Schedule

    The FDIC has issued the public list of institutions that it has scheduled for a CRA examination during the second quarter of 2001. FDIC:PR-15-2001 (3/2/01)

  • FDIC Spotlights FFIEC Statement on Revised Article 9

    The FFIEC has issued a statement concerning a major revision to Article 9 of the UCC and its effect on financial institutions. Article 9 governs transactions involving the granting of credit secured by personal property. FIL-18-2001 (3/1/01)

  • FRB is Integrating the Examination Frequency for Trust and Transfer Agency Examinations with Safety and Soundness Exams

    The frequency and scope of examination coverage of fiduciary activities at banking organizations supervised by the FRB should be based on the guidelines provided by the FRB. Supervisory risk profiles, risk assessments, and supervisory plans should also reflect fiduciary activities. FRB: SR 01-5 (3/1/01)

01/31/2001

Top Stories for February 2001

  • FDIC Makes Public January 2001 Enforcement Actions

    The FDIC released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in January 2001. No administrative hearings are scheduled for March 2001. FDIC:PR-14-2001 (2/28/01)

  • OCC Updates The Permissible Bank Activities Guide

    (2/28/01)

  • OCC Publishes Guide to Aid in Identification of Problem Banks

    The OCC published a guide intended to help examiners identify problem banks and assist in their rehabilitation or resolution. OCC:NR 2001-19 (2/28/01)

  • FRB and Treasury Extend Comment Period on Reg Y

    As earlier report, the FRB and Treasury published for public comment a joint proposal that would permit financial holding companies and financial subsidiaries of national banks to engage in real estate brokerage and real estate management. The Agencies are extending the comment period on the proposal to May 1, 2001. 66FR12440 (2/27/01)

  • OTS Publishes the Community Liaison

    (2/27/01)

  • FDIC's Bank Technology Group Appoint Five Agency Veterans to Key Posts

    The Bank Technology Group ensures the FDIC uses a corporate-wide, integrated approach in monitoring and managing risks associated with emerging bank technologies as the risks relate to consumers and to the FDIC's insurance and supervisory functions. Areas of focus include electronic commerce activities such as Internet banking and Internet payments, enabling technologies, and related policy implications. FDIC:PR-13-2001 (2/27/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Notes Promise, Risks of Internet Banking

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr., said that while the OCC’s goal in the area of Internet banking is to encourage innovation, the new technology poses special risks and challenges for regulators. OCC:NR 2001-18 (2/26/01)

  • NCUA proposes to revise its regulation establishing standards for vital record preservation

    The proposal clarifies that a credit union may preserve records in electronic form, as authorized by the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. 66FR11239 (2/23/01)

  • NCUA is Adopting a Rule Clarifying Repayment Fees

    The NCUA is adopting a rule clarifying that as conservator or liquidating agent of a federally-insured credit union, the NCUA Board (Board) will honor a claim for prepayment fees by a Federal Home Loan Bank under the circumstances set forth in the rule. 66FR11229 (2/23/01)

  • FFIEC Publishes Final Money Laundering Report

    Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering Report on Money Launder Typologies for 2000-2001 (2/23/01)

  • OCC Issues Alerts on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations in the
    United States Without Authorization

    The OCC has learned that the British Bank of Commerce, a.k.a. British Bank of Trade & Commerce, 499 Park Avenue, Ste 621, New York, NY 10022 may be operating a banking business in the United States without authorization. OCC: 2001-2 (2/23/01)

  • Credit unions show marked loan growth in 2000

    Lending grew 11 percent and shares grew 6.3 percent in 2000 according to preliminary data compiled from yearend call reports submitted by the nations 10,316 federally insured credit unions. NCUA Press Release (2/23/01)

  • NCUA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning FCU Investments in and Loas to CUSOs
    The first proposed change clarifies that the list of permissible activities in the CUSO regulation is intended to establish broad categories of permissible activities. The second proposed change adds a
    federally-chartered corporation to the category of permissible structures for CUSOs.
    66 FR 11125 (2/22/01)

  • FRB Amends Reg T

    The List of Foreign Margin Stocks is composed of certain foreign equity securities that qualify as margin securities under Regulation T. The Foreign List is published twice a year by the FRB.
    66 FR 11101 (2/22/01)

  • OCC Issues Alerts on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations in the
    United States Without Authorization

    The OCC has learned that the Chase (Trust) Bank, 365 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10002, may be operating a banking business in the United States without authorization. OCC: 2001-1 (2/22/01)

  • OCC Publishes Guidance on Foreign Official Corruption

    The Treasury, OCC, FDIC, OTS and FRB issued guidance to help U.S. financial
    institutions avoid transactions that may involve the proceeds of foreign official corruption. OCC 2001-9 (2/22/01)

  • FRB Raises Exemption Threshold

    The FRB has raised the asset size exemption threshold to $31 million for depository institutions
    that are required to report data under HMDA. The previous exemption level was $30 million. OCC 2001-10
    (2/22/01)

  • FRB and Treasury Extend Comment Period on Real Estate Activities Proposal

    The FRB and the Department of the Treasury announced an extension of the deadline, through May 1, 2001, on their request for comment on whether real estate brokerage and real estate management are activities that are financial in nature or incidental to a financial activity and therefore permissible for financial holding companies and financial subsidiaries of national banks. Joint Press Release (2/22/01)

  • FDIC Issues Deposit Broker Notification

    The FDIC informed banks that due to Congress's repeal of Section 29A of the FDIA - through enactment of the Financial Regulatory Relief and Economic Efficiency Act of 2000 - deposit brokers are no longer required to notify the FDIC that they are acting as deposit brokers or that they have stopped acting as deposit brokers. December 27, 2000, was the effective date of the legislation. FDIC:FIL-16-2001 (2/21/01)

  • OCC Releases CRA Evaluations for 9 National Banks

    The OCC released a list of CRA performance evaluations that became public during the period of
    January 15 through February 14. OCC:NR 2001-17 (2/19/01)

  • OCC Announces New Enforcement Actions

    The OCC announced 9 new enforcement actions taken against national banks and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with national banks. OCC: NR 2001-16 (2/19/01)

  • FDIC Issues Alerts on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations in the United States Without Authorization

    The FDIC has learned that the American Republic Bank, Indianapolis, Indiana may be operating
    a banking business in the United States illegally or without authorization. FDIC:FIL-15-2001 (2/19/01)

  • Len Skiles Named NCUA Executive Director

    The NCUA Board named veteran decision-maker James Leonard Skiles executive director of the NCUA. As executive director, Skiles will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the 1000-person federal agency. NCUA Press Release
    (2/16/01)

  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Seeks Comment on Consultative Paper on Customer Due Diligence for Banks

    As reported in January, the paper is part of the Basel Committee's ongoing effort to strengthen risk-management procedures in banks throughout the world. As set forth in the paper, key elements for customer due diligence policies and procedures include customer acceptance, customer identification, ongoing monitoring of high-risk accounts and risk management. The paper is available on the Bank for International Settlements' Web site.FDIC:FIL-13-2001 (2/16/01)

  • The FDIC would like to remind institutions that Calendar Year 2000 HMDA data is due by March 1, 2001.

    The FDIC has again contracted with the FRB in Washington, DC, to collect and process CY2000 HMDA data from those FDIC-supervised institutions that have a HMDA-reporting obligation. FDIC:FIL-14-2001 (2/16/01)

  • OCC Issues Procedures on Reverse Stock Split

    This advisory dated 05/10/2000 was updated to reflect the addition of Minnesota to the list of states for which the OCC has approved reverse stock splits conducted under state corporate governance procedures. OCC:AL 2000-4 (2/15/01)

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations in Canada or the US Without Authorization

    The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published the
    "Monthly Warning Advisory" (Issue No. 10), which contains the names of entities recently brought to
    OSFI's attention through an inquiry or complaint. FDIC:FIL-12-2001 (2/15/01)

  • Regulators Request Comment on Proposed Rule that would Establish Minimum Capital Requirements

    The proposed capital treatment would apply symmetrically to equity investments of banks and bank holding
    companies. 66FR10212 (2/14/01)

  • FRB amends Reg A to reflect the decrease in the discount rate

    The FRB has amended its Regulation A on Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The Board acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. 66FR9907 (2/13/01)

  • President Bush Appoints Dennis Dollar to Chair the NCUA Board

    Mr. Dollar has been the single Republican member of the NCUA Board since October 9, 1997.
    During his tenure, Mr. Dollar has supported the expansion of credit union services to more
    Americans and has championed a move toward greater regulatory flexibility for credit unions with
    sound safety records. NCUA Press Release (2/13/01)

  • FDIC Issues Alert on Entities That May Be Conducting Banking Operations Without Authorization

    The entities were incorporated in the state of Indiana; however, the actual location of their operations is unknown. The State of Indiana Department of Financial Institutions has not issued a banking license to these entities, and they are not authorized to conduct a banking business in the state.
    FDIC:FIL-11-2001 (2/9/01)

  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Published a Paper Entitled "Customer Due Diligence for Banks

    The committee's paper provides guidance to banks and bank supervisors on customer due diligence. The paper particularly focuses on basic standards for customer acceptance, identification, and dealing with high-risk accounts; the role of supervisors; and customer due diligence in a cross-border context. OCC 2001-7 (2/9/01)

  • OCC Offers New Guidance on Liquidity Risk

    The Liquidity handbook emphasizes the importance of understanding the inherent risks associated with reduced asset liquidity, increased wholesale funding dependence, growing funding concentrations, and higher exposures to rollover risk. OCC:PR 2001-15 (2/9/01)

  • IRS Extends Time Regarding Mandatory Use of Revised W-9

    The IRS has extended the deadline for the mandatory use of the revised W-9 Form until June 30, 2001. Payors must use the revised form for all new solicitations after that date. The revision requires a payee to certify that he or she is a U. S. person. Additional information regarding the extension will be contained an Internal Revenue Bulletin on February 20, 2001. IRS Notice (2/8/01)

  • FDIC Issues Final rule Implementing the Program Fraud Civil Remedies

    The final rule establishes administrative procedures to impose statutorily authorized civil penalties against any person who makes, submits, or presents a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or claim to the FDIC in connection with FDIC employment matters, FDIC contracting activities, and the FDIC
    Asset Purchaser Certification Program. 66FR9187 (2/7/01)

  • NCUA Chairwoman Moves to Assist Communications, Legislative Efforts

    Newly appointed Chairwoman Yolanda Townsend Wheat recently hired four new staffers to assist with the communications and congressional affairs operations at the NCUA. NCUA Press Release (2/7/01)

  • OTS Grants Federal Thrift Charter to National Advisors Holdings, Inc.

    The National Advisors Holdings, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas received approval from the OTS to organize a federal savings bank to be known as National Advisors Trust Company, FSB (NATCO). The thrift will be located in Overland Park, Kansas and will operate as a nationwide provider of trust products and services. NATCO will not accept deposits or make loans. OTS 01-10 (2/6/01)

  • OTS Releases January National CRA Ratings

    The OTS issued savings associations' Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluation ratings that became available in January 2001. OTS 01-11
    (2/6/01)

  • Comptroller Hawke Outlines E-Banking Challenges Facing International Bank Supervisors

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. underscored the need for international cooperation in the supervision of electronic banking in a speech to the annual International Monetary Seminar sponsored by the Banque de France, Paris. OCC:NR 2001-14 (2/6/01)

  • FDIC Issues February List Of Banks Examined For CRA Compliance

    The FDIC issued its monthly list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the CRA. The list covers evaluation ratings that the FDIC assigned to institutions in November 2000.
    FDIC: PR-12-2001 (2/6/01)

  • FDIC Approves Assumption of all Deposits of First Alliance Bank & Trust Co.

    The Board of Directors of the FDIC has approved the assumption of all the deposits of First Alliance Bank & Trust Company, Manchester, New Hampshire, by Southern New Hampshire Bank & Trust Company, Salem, New Hampshire. FDIC: PR-11-2001 (2/5/01)

  • FDIC Helps Launch Third Annual National Consumer Protection Week

    Joining forces with federal, state and local organizations, the FDIC will help launch the third annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), taking place February 5 - 10. The event will focus on predatory lending and other abusive lending practices, and highlight nationwide consumer protection and education efforts in these areas. FDIC: PR-10-2001 (2/5/01)

  • OCC Issues Advisory on Internet-Initiated ACH Debits/ACH Risks

    The advisory alerts national bank management and boards of directors to specific Automated Clearing
    House (ACH) risks and emphasizes the importance of sound ACH risk management practices. In particular,
    this advisory describes a recently approved amendment to the operating rules of the National Automated
    Clearing House Association. OCC:AL 2001-3 (2/5/01)

  • FRB Issued Final Rule to Amend Reg H

    The FRB issued a final rule that provides a national or state member bank meets the alternative criteria if the bank has a current long-term issuer credit rating from a nationally recognized statistical rating organization that is within the three highest investment grade rating categories used by the organization. 66FR8748
    (2/2/01)

  • FDIC Issues Final Rule on the Disclosure and Reporting of CRA-Related Agreements

    As earlier reported in the Federal Register, the FDIC, FRB, OCC and OTS approved final regulations implementing the CRA Sunshine Requirements of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA), which were enacted by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. FIL-10-2001 (2/2/01)

  • OTS Approves MONY's Acquisition of The Advest Group, Inc.

    The MONY Group Inc., New York, N.Y., and its subsidiary, MONY Acquisition Corp., received approval from the OTS to acquire AGI and Advest Bank and Trust Company (the Savings Bank), Hartford, Connecticut. OTS 01-09 (2/2/01)

  • Technology Enhances Banks' Ability to Segment Banking Business, Play to Strengths

    In a financial world increasingly influenced by technology, one key to a
    bank's success may be its ability to segment products and services into component parts that can
    then be marketed separately, said Julie L. Williams, First Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief
    Counsel. OCC:NR 2001-13 Remarks by Julie L. Williams (2/2/01)

  • Agencies Publish Final Rule on Standards for Safekeeping Customer Information

    The OCC, FRB, FDIC, OTS published final Guidelines establishing standards for safeguarding customer information that implement sections 501 and 505(b) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. 66FR8615 (2/1/01)

  • NCUA Issues Order of Prohibition

    The NCUA announced that it has issued Prohibition Orders against San Clemente Securities Inc., a brokerage firm located in San Clemente, California. NCUA Press Release (2/1/01)

  • Comptroller Highlights National Bank Commitment to Community Development Investments

    Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. praised national bank community development investments for supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts across the country. Part 24 of the OCC’s regulations authorizes national banks to make investments that are designed primarily to promote the public welfare. OCC:NR 2001-11 (2/1/01)

  • Regulators Jointly Issue Expanded Examination Guidance for Subprime Lending Programs

    The FRB, OCC, FDIC and OTS, has developed expanded examination guidance on subprime lending.
    The purpose of the expanded guidance is to strengthen the Agencies' supervision of institutions with subprime lending programs. The guidance is directed primarily to those institutions that have subprime lending programs that equal or exceed 25 percent of tier 1 regulatory capital. Joint Press Release (2/1/01)

  • FOMC Lowers its Target for Federal Funds

    The FOMC at its meeting decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to 5-1/2 percent. In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 50 basis point reduction in the discount rate to 5 percent. FRB Press Release (2/1/01)

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