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On February 18, the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, and the OCC published a joint notice and request for comments on changes to three versions of the Call Report—FFIEC 031, FFIEC 041, and FFIEC 051. The reporting changes, first proposed by the agencies last year, will provide relief to financial institutions with under $10 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2019, by allowing them “to use the lesser of the total consolidated assets reported in its Call Report as of December 31, 2019, or June 30, 2020, when determining whether the institution has crossed certain total asset thresholds to report additional data items in its Call Reports for report dates in calendar year 2021.” The agencies also outline specific thresholds that limit certain eligibility for streamlined Call Reports or that require the reporting of certain additional data items. This relief will only be allowed for calendar year 2021. The agencies will also allow financial institutions that temporarily exceed the $10 billion total asset threshold to use the community bank leverage ratio framework in Call Report Schedule RC R from December 31, 2020, through December 31, 2021, provided the institution meets the other qualifying criteria for this framework. Comments on the proposed changes are due March 22.
On April 9, the FFIEC released two depository institution reports—Capital-related Revisions to the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) and the FFIEC 101 Report, and Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income for First Quarter 2020. The reports reiterate the agencies’ March 25 statement (covered by InfoBytes here) that March 31, 2020 Call Reports submitted after the filing deadline will not result in agency action, if “the report is submitted within 30 days of the official filing date.” Additionally, they explain that Call Report instructions were impacted by three interim final rules (IFRs) the agencies recently released due to issues caused by Covid-19. The regulatory capital IFRs cover: (i) the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF) IFR (covered here); (ii) the Standardized Approach for Calculating the Exposure Amount of Derivative Contracts (SA-CCR rule) IFR (covered here); and (iii) the transition of Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) IFR (covered here). A notice regarding eligible retained income, along with the three IFRs, not only affected the instructions for March 31, 2020 Call Reports, but also impacted calculation instructions for regulatory capital on Schedule RC-R, and FFIEC 101 for regulatory capital reporting for institutions that use the advanced capital adequacy framework. The FFIEC’s updated instructions for the first quarter call report may be found here, and the updated instructions for the first quarter FFIEC 101 may be found here.
CARES Act information was also added to the appendix of the Quarterly Call Report Supplemental Instructions to include section 2302, “Modifications for Net Operating Losses,” section 4013, “Temporary Relief from Troubled Debt Restructurings,” and section 4014, “Optional Temporary Relief from Current Expected Credit Losses.”
On March 30, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (DOB) issued an update for licensees to clarify the filing deadlines for financial statements and call reports in light of the NMLS policy decision. The DOB is providing a 60-day extension to file financial statements, a 30-day extension to submit Call Reports and the MCR Standard Financial Condition Report, and a 60-day extension for Annual Reports.
On March 26, the Idaho Department of Finance Consumer Finance Bureau (Department) issued updated guidance to its registrants and licensees regarding the Department’s current operations during the Covid-19 outbreak. In particular, the Department noted that though the offices will be closed to the public for the next 21 days, staff are continuing to process licensing and registration applications. The Department suggested that companies may choose to transition their license records to the NMLS to avoid delays. In addition, the Department noted that field examinations continue remotely, using phone and email in lieu of onsite reviews. Finally, the Department indicated deadlines were extended for mortgage companies to file mortgage call reports and financial statements, and that deadlines will be reviewed for required license renewals and reports as needed.
On March 25, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NMLS Policy Committee extended the deadline for certain reporting obligations satisfied through NMLS, and the enrollment window for taking the SAFE MLO test.
Companies required to submit financial statements, the Mortgage Call Report, and the Money Services Businesses Call Report will have an additional 60 days from pre-established deadlines to submit such reports. Individuals will have the testing window on their test appointments extended 180 days.
The NMLS Resource Center has been updated with additional resources to provide updates on state agency operating status. In addition, the NMLS Policy Committee is encouraging states to accept documentation electronically that otherwise may have been required in hard copy.
The full announcement can be found on the NMLS Resource Center.
On March 25, the OCC issued Bulletin 2020-24, which encourages institutions to file March 31 call reports by the filing deadline, but recognizes that Covid-19-related disruptions may cause filing delays. As such the OCC will not take action against institutions affected by Covid-19 for submitting in good faith the March 31 call report within 30 days of the filing deadline. Further, institutions may amend the filing to correct for unintentional and incidental reporting errors within 30 days of the filing deadline without penalty. Institutions affected by Covid-19 that expect a delay in their March 31 call report submission or anticipate challenges in obtaining director attestations before submission of the call report are encouraged to contact their supervisory office.
On March 25, the FFIEC issued a statement providing that the federal banking agencies will not take action against any institution for submitting March 31, 2020, Reports of Condition and Income (Call Reports) after the respective filing deadline, as long as the report is submitted within 30 days of the official filing date. Institutions are encouraged to contact their primary federal regulator in advance of the official filing date if they anticipate a delayed submission.
On February 19, the FDIC issued FIL-11-2020 announcing the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, and OCC have finalized capital-related reporting revisions (see Federal Register notice and FIL-10-2020) to the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Reports) for certain banks (FFIEC 031, 041, 051) as well as the Regulatory Capital Reporting for Institutions Subject to the Advanced Capital Adequacy Framework (FFIEC 101). Among other things, the final revisions include changes to the capital simplifications rule and the community bank leverage ratio rule, in addition to Call Report instructional revisions taking effect in 2021 concerning reporting home equity lines of credit that convert from revolving to non-revolving status. These reporting revisions are subject to approval by OMB.
On June 17, the FDIC, the OCC, and Federal Reserve issued the final rule to streamline regulatory reporting for qualifying small institutions to implement Section 205 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The agencies adopted the final rule as proposed in November 2018 (covered by InfoBytes here). The final rule permits depository institutions with less than $5 billion in assets—previously set at $1 billion—that do not engage in certain complex or international activities to file the FFIEC 051 Call Report, the most streamlined version of the Call Reports. Additionally, the rule reduces the existing reportable data items in the FFIEC 051 Call Report by approximately 37 percent for the first and third calendar quarters. The rule also includes similar provisions for uninsured institutions with less than $5 billion in total consolidated assets that are supervised by the Federal Reserve and the OCC. The rule notes that the agencies are also committed to “exploring further burden reduction and are actively evaluating further revisions to the FFIEC 051 Call Report, consistent with guiding principles developed by the FFIEC.” The rule will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
On November 7, the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve issued a proposal to streamline regulatory reporting for qualifying small institutions to implement Section 205 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Specifically, the joint proposal would permit depository institutions with less than $5 billion in assets—previously set at $1 billion—that do not engage in certain complex or international activities to file the FFIEC 051 Call Report, the most streamlined version of the Call Reports. Additionally, the proposal would reduce the existing reportable data items in the FFIEC 051 Call Report by approximately 37 percent for the first and third calendar quarters. The proposal also includes similar provisions for uninsured institutions with less than $5 billion in total consolidated assets that are supervised by the Federal Reserve and the OCC. Comments on the proposal must be received within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register.
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