Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request; Extensions of Credit to Insiders and Transactions With Affiliates

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 239 (Thursday, December 12, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 239 (Thursday, December 12, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68010-68011]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26809]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection
Renewal; Comment Request; Extensions of Credit to Insiders and
Transactions With Affiliates
AGENCY: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury.
ACTION: Notice and request for comment.
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SUMMARY:  The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork
and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing
information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA). In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may
not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond
to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is
soliciting comment concerning its information collection titled,
``Extensions of Credit to Insiders and Transactions with Affiliates.''
DATES:  You should submit comments by February 10, 2020.
ADDRESSES:  Commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email, if
possible. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: Chief Counsel's Office, Attention: Comment
Processing, 1557-0336, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400
7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218,
Washington, DC 20219.
     Fax: (571) 465-4326.
    Instructions: You must include ``OCC'' as the agency name and
``1557-0336'' in your comment. In general, the OCC will publish
comments on www.reginfo.gov without change, including any business or
personal information provided, such as name and address information,
email addresses, or phone numbers. Comments received, including
attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public
record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information
in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential
or inappropriate for public disclosure.
    You may review comments and other related materials that pertain to
this information collection beginning on the date of publication of the
second notice for this collection \1\ by any of the following methods:
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    \1\ Following the close of this notice's 60-day comment period,
the OCC will publish a second notice with a 30-day comment period.
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     Viewing Comments Electronically: Go to www.reginfo.gov.
Click on the ``Information Collection Review'' tab. Underneath the
``Currently under Review'' section heading, from the drop-down menu
select ``Department of Treasury'' and then click ``submit.'' This
information collection can be located by searching by OMB control
number ``1557-0336'' or ``Extensions of Credit to Insiders and
Transactions with Affiliates.'' Upon finding the appropriate
information collection, click on the related ``ICR Reference Number.''
On the next screen, select ``View Supporting Statement and Other
Documents'' and then click on the link to any comment listed at the
bottom of the screen.
     For assistance in navigating www.reginfo.gov, please
contact the Regulatory Information Service Center at (202) 482-7340.
     Viewing Comments Personally: You may personally inspect
comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC. For security
reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect
comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649-6700 or, for persons who
are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649-5597. Upon arrival,
visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo
identification and submit to security screening in order to inspect
comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance
Officer, (202) 649-5490, for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired,
TTY, (202) 649-5597, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.),
Federal agencies must obtain approval from the OMB for each collection
of information that they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of
information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) to
include agency requests or requirements that members of the public
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party.
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of title 44 requires Federal agencies to provide
a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed
collection of information, including each proposed extension of an
existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to
OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the OCC is
publishing notice of the renewal of this collection of information.
    Title: Extensions of Credit to Insiders and Transactions with
Affiliates.
    OMB Number: 1557-0336.
    Description: National banks and Federal savings associations must
comply with rules of the Federal Reserve Board (Board) regarding
extensions of credit to insiders (Regulation O) \2\ and transactions
with affiliates (Regulation W),\3\ which implement section 22 and
sections 23A and 23B, respectively, of the Federal Reserve Act
(FRA).\4\ Twelve CFR part 31 addresses these transactions for national
banks and Federal savings associations. Specifically, 12 CFR 31.2
requires national banks and Federal savings associations to comply with
Regulation O, and 12 CFR 31.3 requires national banks and Federal
savings associations to comply with Regulation W. Appendix A to part 31
provides interpretive guidance on the application of Regulation W to
deposits between affiliated banks. Both national banks and Federal
savings associations must comply with Regulation O and Regulation W.
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    \2\ 12 CFR part 215.
    \3\ 12 CFR part 223.
    \4\ 12 U.S.C. 371c, 371c-1, 375a, and 375b. In addition, section
11 of the Home Owners' Loan Act, 12 U.S.C. 1468, includes certain
restrictions on transactions with affiliates that are not included
in FRA section 23A.
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    Section 31.3(c) implements the statutory standards for authorizing
an exemption from section 23A of the FRA or section 11 of the Home
Owners' Loan Act (HOLA) \5\ in accordance with section 608 of the Dodd
Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).
Section 608, which became effective on July 21, 2012, amends section
23A of the FRA and section 11 of the HOLA to authorize the OCC to
exempt, by order, a transaction of a national bank or Federal savings
association, respectively, from the affiliate transaction requirements
of section 23A and section 11 of the HOLA if: (1) The OCC and the Board
jointly find the exemption to be in the public interest and consistent
with the purposes of section 23A or section 11, and (2) within 60 days
of receiving notice of such finding, the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation does not object in writing to the finding. Such objection
would be based on a determination that the exemption
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presents an unacceptable risk to the Deposit Insurance Fund.\6\
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    \5\ 12 U.S.C. 1468.
    \6\ See section 608(a)(4)(A)(iv) of the Dodd-Frank Act
(exemptive authority for national banks) and section 608(c) of the
Dodd-Frank Act (exemptive authority for Federal savings
associations).
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    Section 31.3(d) sets forth procedures that a national bank and
Federal savings association must follow to request such exemptions.
These procedures are modeled after the Board's procedures in Regulation
W. A national bank or Federal savings association may request an
exemption from the requirements of section 23A or section 11 of the
HOLA, as applicable, and 12 CFR part 223 for a national bank or Federal
savings association by submitting a written request to the Deputy
Comptroller for Licensing with a copy to the appropriate Federal
Reserve Bank. Such a request must:
    (1) Describe in detail the transaction or relationship for which
the national bank or Federal savings association seeks exemption;
    (2) Explain why the OCC should exempt the transaction or
relationship;
    (3) Explain how the exemption would be in the public interest and
consistent with the purposes of section 23A or section 11 of the HOLA,
as applicable; and
    (4) Explain why the exemption does not present an unacceptable risk
to the Deposit Insurance Fund.
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1.
    Estimated Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 10 hours.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized
and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become
a matter of public record. Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the
proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the OCC's estimate of the burden of the
collection of information;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected;
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection on respondents,
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other
forms of information technology; and
    (e) Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation,
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    Dated: December 5, 2019.
Theodore J. Dowd,
Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
[FR Doc. 2019-26809 Filed 12-11-19; 8:45 am]
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