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  • FDIC announces Kentucky and Alabama disaster relief

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    On April 30, the FDIC issued FIL-31-2021 and FIL-32-2021 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Kentucky and Alabama affected by severe storms. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the storms and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things, (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

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  • FDIC announces Louisiana disaster relief

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    On March 15, the FDIC issued FIL-18-2021 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Louisiana affected by winter storms. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the winter storms and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things, (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery,” and that the FDIC will consider institutional relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

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  • FDIC announces Oklahoma winter storm relief

    Federal Issues

    On March 3, the FDIC issued FIL-13-2021 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Oklahoma affected by severe winter storms. The guidance notes that the FDIC will consider the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the winter storms. The guidance highlights suggest that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC notes that institutions “may receive Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider relief from certain reporting and publishing requirements.

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  • Agencies provide Texas winter storm guidance

    Federal Issues

    On February 22, the Federal Reserve Board, OCC, FDIC, NCUA, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued a joint statement covering supervisory practices for financial institutions affected by winter storms in Texas. Among other things, the agencies called on financial institutions to “work constructively” with affected borrowers, noting that “prudent efforts” to adjust or alter loan terms in affected areas “should not be subject to examiner criticism.” Institutions facing difficulties in complying with any publishing and reporting requirements should contact their primary federal and/or state regulator. Additionally, the agencies noted that institutions may receive Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services that revitalize or stabilize federally designated disaster areas. Institutions are also encouraged to monitor municipal securities and loans impacted by the winter storms.

    Additionally, HUD announced it will make disaster assistance available to Texas by providing foreclosure relief and other assistance to homeowners living in counties affected by the severe winter storms. Specifically, HUD is providing an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured home mortgages for covered properties in the affected counties and is making mortgage insurance available to those victims whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Additionally, HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program will allow individuals who have lost homes to finance the purchase of a house, or refinance an existing house along with the costs of repair, through a single mortgage. The program will also allow homeowners with damaged property to finance the rehabilitation of existing single-family homes.

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  • OCC says storm-affected banks may close

    Federal Issues

    On February 16, the OCC issued a proclamation permitting OCC-regulated institutions, at their discretion, to close offices affected by Winter Storm Uri “for as long as deemed necessary for bank operation or public safety.” The proclamation directs institutions to OCC Bulletin 2012-28 for further guidance on actions they should take in response to natural disasters and other emergency conditions. According to the 2012 Bulletin, only bank offices directly affected by potentially unsafe conditions should close and institutions should make every effort to reopen as quickly as possible to address customers’ banking needs.

    Find continuing InfoBytes coverage on disaster relief here.

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  • FDIC announces disaster relief for Puerto Rico

    Federal Issues

    On November 16, the FDIC issued FIL-105-2020 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Puerto Rico affected by severe storms and flooding starting on September 13. The guidance notes that the FDIC will consider the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the hurricane. The guidance suggests that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are “done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC notes that institutions may receive Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery. The FDIC states it will also consider relief from certain reporting and publishing requirements.

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  • OCC says banks affected by Hurricane Zeta may close

    Federal Issues

    On October 27, the OCC issued a proclamation permitting OCC-regulated institutions, at their discretion, to close offices affected by Hurricane Zeta “for as long as deemed necessary for bank operation or public safety.” The proclamation directs institutions to OCC Bulletin 2012-28 for further guidance on actions they should take in response to natural disasters and other emergency conditions. According to the 2012 Bulletin, only bank offices directly affected by potentially unsafe conditions should close and institutions should make every effort to reopen as quickly as possible to address customers’ banking needs.

    Find continuing InfoBytes coverage on disaster relief here.

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  • FDIC announces hurricane and wildfire relief

    Federal Issues

    On October 23, the FDIC issued FIL-100-2020 and FIL-101-2020 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Louisiana and California. Specifically, FIL-100-2020 outlines relief for areas of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Delta from October 6 through October 10, and FIL-101-2020 provides relief for areas of California affected by wildfires since September 4 .

    The guidance notes that the FDIC will consider the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the hurricane and wildfires. The guidance suggests that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are “done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC notes that institutions may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery. The FDIC states it will also consider relief from certain reporting and publishing requirements.

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  • OCC, FDIC announce disaster relief guidance

    Federal Issues

    On October 9, the FDIC issued FIL-96-2020 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and, starting on September 14, help facilitate recovery in areas of Florida affected by Hurricane Sally. The guidance notes that the FDIC will consider the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the hurricane. The guidance suggests that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are “done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC notes that institutions may receive Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery. The FDIC states it will also consider relief from certain reporting and publishing requirements.

    Additionally, on October 8, the OCC issued a proclamation permitting OCC-regulated institutions, at their discretion, to close offices affected by Hurricane Delta “for as long as deemed necessary for bank operation or public safety.” The proclamation directs institutions to OCC Bulletin 2012-28 for further guidance on actions they should take in response to natural disasters and other emergency conditions. According to the 2012 Bulletin, only bank offices directly affected by potentially unsafe conditions should close, and institutions should make every effort to reopen as quickly as possible to address customers’ banking needs.

    Find continuing InfoBytes coverage on disaster relief here.

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  • FinCEN extends FBAR filing deadline for natural disaster victims

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    On October 6, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a notice extending the deadline to December 31, 2020, for victims of certain recent natural disasters to file their reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) for the 2019 calendar year. The expanded relief is offered to victims impacted by the California wildfires, Iowa Derecho, Hurricane Laura, Oregon wildfires, and Hurricane Sally. If FEMA later designates additional areas as eligible for individual assistance, FBAR filers in those locations will automatically receive the same filing relief. FinCEN will also work with FBAR filers who live outside the designated disaster areas but may have trouble meeting their filing obligations because their records are located in the affected areas.

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