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  • Agencies adjust civil penalties to account for inflation

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    Recently, the CFPB, CFTC, FDIC, FHFA, and OCC provided notice in the Federal Register regarding adjustments to the maximum civil money penalties due to inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Each notice or final rule (see CFPB here, CFTC here, FDIC here, FHFA here, and OCC here) adjusts the maximum amounts of civil money penalties and provides a chart reflecting the inflation-adjusted maximum amounts associated with the penalty tiers for particular types of violations within each regulator’s jurisdiction. The OCC’s adjusted civil money penalty amounts are applicable to penalties assessed on or after January 12. The new CFPB, CFTC, FDIC, and FHFA civil money penalty amounts are applicable to penalties assessed on or after January 15.

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  • OCC releases 2022 fees and assessments schedule

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On December 1, the OCC issued Bulletin 2021-58, which informs all national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks of the agency’s 2022 fees and assessment rates. The OCC noted that for the 2022 assessment year, among other things, (i) there will be no inflation adjustment to assessment rates; (ii) new entrants to the federal banking system will be assessed on a prorated basis using call report information as of December 31 or June 30, depending on the entrance date; and (iii) the hourly fee for special examinations and investigations will increase from $150 to $155. The bulletin takes effect January 1, 2022.

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  • OCC releases 2021 fees and assessments schedule

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On December 1, the OCC issued Bulletin 2020-106, which informs all national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks of the agency’s 2021 fees and assessment rates. For 2021, the OCC is reducing the rates in all fee schedules by 3 percent, which “reflects cost savings in the OCC’s operations and projections of the OCC’s revenues and expenses.” Additionally, the OCC notes that for the 2021 assessment year, among other things, (i) there will be no inflation adjustment to assessment rates; (ii) new entrants to the federal banking system will be assessed on a prorated basis using call report information as of December 31 or June 30, depending on the entrance date; and (iii) the hourly fee for special examinations and investigations will increase from $140 to $150. The bulletin takes effect January 1, 2021.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance OCC Fees Assessments

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  • OCC amends 2020 assessment structure

    Federal Issues

    On August 7, the OCC released an amended fees and assessments structure for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement includes information on the OCC’s interim final rule (covered by InfoBytes here), which intended to lower assessments for supervised banks making assessments due on September 30 based on the December 31, 2019 Call Report for each institution, rather than the June 30 Call Report. Additionally, the OCC notes that for the 2020 assessment year, among other things, (i) there will be no inflation adjustment to assessment rates; (ii) new entrants to the federal banking system will be assessed on a prorated basis using call report information as of December 31 or June 30, depending on the entrance date; and (iii) the hourly fee for special examinations and investigations is increasing from $110 to $140.

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  • FDIC and OCC mitigate Covid-19 assessment effects

    Federal Issues

    On June 22, the FDIC and the OCC released separate rules aimed at mitigating the assessment effects of participation in Covid-19 programs. Specifically, the FDIC issued a final rule to limit the deposit insurance effects of participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (PPPLF), and Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF). Among other things, the final rule (i) removes the effect of PPP lending and borrowings under the PPPLF in calculating risk measures for an insured depository institution’s assessment rate; (ii) provides an offset to the total assessment amount for the increase in assessment base due to participation in the PPP and MMLF; and (iii) removes the effect of PPP and MMLF participation when classifying institutions as small, large, or highly complex for assessment purposes. The final rule is applicable as of April 1.

    Under the OCC’s interim final rule (see also Bulletin 2020-63), the assessments due on September 30 for covered banks will be based on the December 31, 2019 Call Report for each institution, rather than the June 30 Call Report, in order to lower the assessments for supervised banks. However, if an institution’s June 30 Call Report is lower than the December 31, 2019 report, the OCC will use the lower of the two options. The interim final rule expires after the September 30 assessment collection.

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  • OCC finalizes assessment fee refunds

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On August 21, the OCC published in the Federal Register a final rule providing partial assessment refunds to banks under OCC jurisdiction that exit the OCC’s jurisdiction within the prescribed timeframe. As previously covered by InfoBytes, in March, the OCC proposed to maintain semiannual assessment fee payments, but allow for partial refunds equal to the prospective half of the assessment for banks that leave the OCC’s jurisdiction between the date of the applicable Call Report and the date of collection. The final rule was adopted without substantive changes to the proposed rule and is effective as of September 20.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance OCC Assessments

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  • OCC proposes partial assessment fee refunds

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On March 20, the OCC published in the Federal Register proposed revisions to its assessment rules to provide partial assessment refunds to banks under OCC jurisdiction that exit OCC jurisdiction within the prescribed timeframe by the rule. In addition to technical and conforming changes, the proposed rule would maintain semiannual assessment fee payments, but would provide refunds equal to the prospective half of the assessment to banks that leave the OCC’s jurisdiction between the date of the applicable Call Report and the date of collection. Comments on the proposal are due by April 19, 2019.

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  • OCC reduces assessments by 10 percent for 2019

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

    On November 30, the OCC announced a 10 percent reduction in the marginal rates for assessments on national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks for 2019. The OCC projects the change will reduce total assessments collected by more than $90 million in 2019. The change will take effect with the March 31, 2019 assessment period.

    Additionally, the OCC announced a change to the refund policy for institutions that leave the federal system during an assessment period. If an institution leaves the federal system during the first half of a semiannual assessment period, the OCC will issue a refund for the second half of the assessment period. If an institution leaves during the second half of an assessment period, the OCC will not issue a refund. As a result of this revised policy, institutions will no longer be required to prepay for three months of supervision after they leave the federal system.

    Agency Rule-Making & Guidance Federal Issues OCC Assessments

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