1 Thursday, March 11, 2010. Part II. Department of the Treasury Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Reserve System Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Department of the Treasury Office of Thrift Supervision community Reinvestment Act;. Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding community Reinvestment;. Notice jlentini on DSKJ8 SOYB1 PROD with NOTICES2. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:51 Mar 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\ 11 MRN2. 11642 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 47 / Thursday, March 11, 2010 / Notices Department OF THE Treasury OTS: Stephanie M.
2 Caputo, Senior and a number, connected by a dash. For Compliance Program Analyst, example, the first Q&A addressing 12. Office of the Comptroller of the Compliance and Consumer Protection, CFR would be identified as Currency (202) 906 6549; or Richard Bennett, 1. Senior Compliance Counsel, Although a particular Q&A may [Docket ID OCC 2010 0002]. Regulations and Legislation Division, provide guidance on one regulatory FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (202) 906 7409, Office of Thrift provision, , 12 CFR , which Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., relates to the lending test applicable to [Docket No.]
3 OP 1349] Washington, DC 20552. large institutions, its content may also SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: be applicable to, for example, small FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE institutions, which are evaluated CORPORATION Background pursuant to small institution RIN 3064 AC97 The OCC, Board, FDIC, and OTS performance standards found at 12 CFR. implement the community Thus, readers with a particular Department OF THE Treasury Reinvestment Act (CRA) (12 2901 interest in small institution issues, for et seq.) through their CRA regulations. example, should also consult the Office of Thrift Supervision See 12 CFR parts 25, 228, 345, and 563e.
4 Guidance that describes the lending, The agencies' regulations are interpreted investment, and service tests. [Docket ID OTS 2010 0004] primarily through the Interagency The Questions and Answers are Questions and Answers Regarding indexed to aid readers in locating community Reinvestment Act;. community Reinvestment'' (Questions specific information in the document. Interagency Questions and Answers and Answers), which provide guidance The index contains keywords, listed Regarding community Reinvestment;. for use by agency personnel, financial alphabetically, along with numerical Notice institutions, and the public.
5 The indicators of questions and answers that AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of Questions and Answers were first relate to that keyword. The list of Q&As the Currency, Treasury (OCC); Board of published under the auspices of the addressing each keyword in the index is Governors of the Federal Reserve Federal Financial Institutions not intended to be exhaustive. System (Board); Federal Deposit Examination Council ( ffiec ) in 1996. (61 FR 54647), and were last revised on New and Revised Q&As Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury (OTS).
6 January 6, 2009 (2009 Questions and New Q&A: community Services ACTION: Notice. Answers) (74 FR 498). Targeted to Low- or Moderate-Income The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Individuals SUMMARY: The OCC, Board, FDIC, and published with the 2009 Questions and Answers also proposed for comment The agencies proposed a new Q&A, OTS (the agencies) are adopting as final (g)(2) 1, that would provide the Interagency Questions and Answers one new question and answer (Q&A). and two revised Q&As. 74 FR 504 06. examples of ways an institution that Regarding community Reinvestment provides community services could (Questions and Answers) that were Together, the agencies received comments from 19 different parties.
7 The determine that the community services proposed on January 6, 2009. In are targeted to low- and moderate- response to comments received, the commenters represented financial institutions and their trade associations, income individuals when the institution agencies made minor clarifications to does not know the actual income of the the new and revised questions and community development advocates and organizations, and others. individuals. Several comments were answers that were proposed. received from community groups and As discussed below, this document DATES: Effective Date: March 11, 2010.
8 Banking organizations that supported adopts the three new and revised Q&As FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: that were proposed in January 2009, the examples in the proposal. In OCC: Gregory Nagel or Karen Tucker, with minor clarifications, as addition, one suggestion was made to National Bank Examiners, Compliance appropriate, in response to comments clarify that community services can Policy Division, (202) 874 4428; or received. The agencies are also adopting include those provided by an entity Margaret Hesse, Special Counsel, conforming revisions to an existing with a broad mission, provided that the community and Consumer Law Q&A.
9 Activities themselves qualify as Division, (202) 874 5750, Office of the The Interagency Questions and community services. This suggestion Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Answers are grouped by the provision of was incorporated into the Q&A. Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. the CRA regulations that they discuss, examples as a new fourth bullet. Board: Cathy Gates, Senior Project are presented in the same order as the Another commenter suggested that Manager, (202) 452 3946; or Brent regulatory provisions, and employ an the definition of community services be Lattin, Attorney, (202) 452 3667, abbreviated method of citing to the broadened to cover financial literacy Division of Consumer and community regulations.
10 For example, the small bank programs provided to school children of Affairs, Board of Governors of the performance standards for national any income level in any school. Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and banks appear at 12 CFR ; for Financial literacy programs are an Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, Federal Reserve System member banks example of community development DC 20551. supervised by the Board, they appear at services. See Q&A (i) 3. The FDIC: Janet R. Gordon, Senior Policy 12 CFR ; for state nonmember commenter's suggestion was not jlentini on DSKJ8 SOYB1 PROD with NOTICES2.