WINDOWS ON THE STATE CAPITOL
By Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. - lobbyists for Community Bankers of Michigan
Budgets to Move with Targets Signed
Gov. Snyder and legislative leaders have finalized a budget agreement that would spend more to address debt in the teacher retirement system and to fix aging infrastructure.
Gongwer News is reporting that the 2017-18 budget is expected to be on its way to Governor Rick Snyder with target agreements signed by him, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Tom Leonard. The agreement sets the stage for lawmakers to take final votes before a summer recess.
The numbers for the $10.2 billion General Fund spending has money set aside for the changes to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, the Infrastructure Fund and the rainy day fund.
The budget puts $150 million in the Budget Stabilization Fund and $35 million in the Infrastructure Fund. There is $255 million set aside for the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, including $55 million for transition costs to the new retirement plans for incoming school employees.
As currently planned, the conference committees on the two omnibus budget bills, HB 4313 and HB 4323, will be voted on first and then the House will adjourn for summer break. The Senate is expected to wrap up its work on the budgets and MPSERS, among other tasks.
Keeping Important Legislation in Our Sights
Since the May Capitol Comments report, legislation of interest and impacting community bankers in Michigan have seen action and include:
Passage of HB 4532
would have direct impact on property records management in terms of recording marital status and transfer of property. It eliminates the requirement that marital status is stated and recorded on the document. It has passed both houses of the legislature and is now on the Governor's desk for signature.
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Whiteford, the Enrolled House Bill would eliminate, effective April 6, 2017, the requirement in Public Act 79 of 1915 that all written instruments conveying or mortgaging real estate, or any interest in real estate, must state whether male grantors, mortgagors, or other parties executing the instrument are married or single.
Currently, the act says the register of deeds of the county in which a document is processed for record, cannot record it unless the paperwork conforms to this provision. Specifically, the bill would amend PA 79 so that the requirement only applies to instruments executed and offered for record before April 6, 2017.
The bill retains a current provision that after ten years an instrument that was offered for record and recorded in the office of a register of deeds without showing the marital status, the record of the instrument or a transcript of it may be given in evidence in all cases and would be effective for all purposes as a legal record, and would be construed to be as valid and effective as if it had contained a statement showing the marital status.
House Bill 4374
introduced by Rep. Michael Webber would amend the Michigan Notary Public Act by adding new requirements for the appointment or reappointment of a Notary Public including the completion of an education program as well as passing an exam before being appointed or reappointed by the Secretary of State. The bill would also impose the requirement that a notary public keep, maintain, and protect an official journal of every notarial act performed.
Currently under the law, there is no requirement to complete specific education program or pass an exam to become a notary public. HB 4374 would create Section 12, giving the Secretary of State the task of developing or approving an education program, which would have to:
- Contain at least four hours of instruction.
- Address topics that the Secretary considers relevant to the duties and responsibilities of a notary public.
- The bill would also make the Secretary of State responsible for developing and providing the administration of an exam. Before taking the exam, an individual wishing to be appointed or reappointed as a notary public must first show proof that of successfully completion of the education program.
A notary public is an officer commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as an unbiased and impartial witness. The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting to the identity of a person signing a document. Notarization on a document certifies that the person whose signature is entered on the document personally appeared before the notary, established his or her identity, and personally signed the document in the presence of the notary."
The bill was introduced on March 3, 2017 and referred to the committee on Judiciary
addresses the challenges of cyber security. The constant advancements in informational technology bring new cyber threats every day. According to the bill sponsor, Rep. Brandt Iden, the State of Michigan detects tens of thousands cyber-attacks every day. These threats are not only aimed at governments, though; businesses and nonprofits are also at risk for cyber-attacks. In order to protect government agencies and private entities in the state, a framework to provide for a team of trained individuals to help in times of disaster is crucial. Even though the Cyber Civilian Corps already exists, House Bill 4508 would put it into statute under the control of the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.
The bill sets up a framework to allow the department to invite and appoint individuals to serve as Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps volunteers, and allow civilians with expertise in addressing cybersecurity incidents to volunteer and provide a rapid response and assistance to a municipal, educational, nonprofit, or business organization in need of expert assistance during a "cybersecurity incident."
The bill has passed the House and in the Senate referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee
has passed the House and sent to the Senate. It was referred to the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. Sponsored Rep. Diana
the bill is designed to renew MSHDA's loan refinancing option. In 2008, MSHDA implemented two mortgage refinancing programs to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. MSHDA low to moderate income limits applied, as well as other eligibility criteria such as having an overall good credit history.
MSDHA's refinancing programs were statutorily capped at three years, ending in April 2011. Under subsection 6 of the act, with regard to refinancing, the Authority has been prohibited from making, purchasing, or commencing participation in loans to individual purchasers under subsection 3 since April 3, 2011. House Bill 4580 would delete this sunset provision and allow the refinancing of these type of projects if certain requirements are met.
MSHDA Rescue Refinance Program provided assistance to individuals who had a delinquency on their mortgage payments and who were unable to work out an affordable loan restructure with their current lender, to obtain a more affordable conventional 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at below market rates. The new loan amount, which could be up to 100 percent of the appraised value, could have included closing costs, prepaid expenses, and, in some cases, the payoff of a second mortgage lien.
The MSHDA ARM Assist Refinance Program assisted individuals with an adjustable rate mortgage obtain a fixed-rate mortgage to lower their monthly payment and provide stability in monthly housing expenses. The new loan amount could have been up to 100 percent of the appraised value, could have included closing costs, prepaid expense, and, in some instances, the payoff of a second mortgage lien.
The provisions of the bill would provide MSHDA with new refinancing authority and would be used to allow existing MSHDA homeowners the option of refinancing first and resubordinating another mortgage second.
Senate Bill 386
introduced by Senator Judy K. Emmons would amend the General Property Tax Act to allow a person claiming to have an interest in property foreclosed due to unpaid taxes to seek to invalidate the foreclosure on any of the grounds described in Michigan Court Rule, if the property had not been transferred to a person other than the foreclosing governmental unit. The bill would be retroactive and would be effective January 1, 2015. Specifically, it would require, instead of allow, a foreclosing governmental unit to cancel a foreclosure under certain circumstances if the property had not been transferred to a person other than the governmental unit after a foreclosure judgment was entered.
The bill has been referred to the full Senate, from the Senate Finance Committee with a recommendation for immediate effect.
Senate Bill 430 and 431
introduced by Senator Vincent Gregory addressing small loans to regulate the business of providing certain small
oans and to require the licensing of providers. The bills are tie-barred.
Senate Bill 432
introduced by Senator David Robertson regulating payday lending and consumer credit. It has been referred to the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.
Financial Institution Regulatory Agencies Issue Advisory on Appraiser Availability
WASHINGTON-Responding to concerns over the limited availability of state-certified and -licensed appraisers, particularly in rural areas, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued an advisory that highlights two options to help insured depository institutions and bank holding companies facilitate the timely consideration of loan applications.
Financial industry representatives, during the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) review process, raised concerns regarding the timeliness of appraisals, which they attributed to shortfalls in the availability of state-certified and -licensed appraisers, particularly in rural areas.
Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) requires appraisals for federally related transactions to be performed by individuals who meet certain state-certification or -licensing requirements. Today's advisory points to alternatives that may help in areas facing a shortage of appraisers:
*The first option highlighted in the advisory, temporary practice permits, allows appraisers credentialed in one state to provide their services on a temporary basis in another state experiencing a shortage of appraisers, subject to state law. The advisory also discusses reciprocity, in which one state allows appraisers that are certified or licensed in another state to obtain certification or licensing without having to meet all of the state's certification or licensing standards.
*The second option, temporary waivers, sets aside requirements relating to the certification or licensing of individuals to perform appraisals under Title XI of FIRREA in states or geographic political subdivisions where certain conditions are met. Temporary waivers may be granted when it is determined that there is a scarcity of state-certified or -licensed appraisers leading to significant delays in obtaining an appraisal.
Comment: To read the Interagency Advisory, click
here. Sadly, this advisory does not address a very fundamental and common problem, namely the lack of certified appraisers in rural areas and small towns. Bringing in appraisers from out of state or out of town results in appraisals of questionable validity, according to many frustrated bankers.
CFPB Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Prepaid Rule
Washington, D.C. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced today [June 15, 2017] that it is seeking comment on proposed updates to its prepaid rule. The CFPB issued the prepaid rule in 2016, requiring financial institutions to limit consumers' losses when funds are stolen or cards are lost, investigate and resolve errors, give consumers free and easy access to account information, and provide protections if credit is offered. The proposal would adjust requirements for resolving errors on unregistered accounts and provide greater flexibility for credit cards linked to digital wallets.
"We know that effective implementation helps our rules deliver their intended value to consumers," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Today's request for comment shows we are listening closely to feedback on our rules to decide whether certain adjustments will help to achieve that goal."
The CFPB's proposal is available at:
Comment: Although the purported target for this rule is reloadable prepaid cards, it is much broader and affects payroll cards, among other bank products. A bit of modification and relief there would be welcome!
CFPB Seeking Comments for Assessing The ATR/QM Rule
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is conducting an assessment of the ATR/QM Rule under the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z), in accordance with section 1022(d) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Bureau is requesting public comment on its plans for assessing this rule as well as certain recommendations and information that may be useful in conducting the planned assessment.
Comment: The request for comment was published in the June 1, 2017 Federal Register and comments close July 31, 2017. To read the release from the CFPB, click
here. The assessment is primarily intended to collect data. In addition, there is a request for input that appears to open the door for a request for extended small bank relief and help with hard to qualify borrowers, like the self-employed.
CFPB Study Finds Consumers in Lower-income Areas are More Likely to Become Credit Visible Due to Negative Records
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today [June 07, 2017] released a study on the transition to credit visibility that found that the way consumers establish credit history can differ greatly based on economic background. Consumers in lower-income areas are more likely than those in higher-income areas to become credit visible due to negative records such as a debt in collection. Consumers in higher-income areas are more likely than those in lower-income areas to establish credit history by using a credit card or relying on someone else. The study also found that the percentage of consumers transitioning to credit visibility due to student loans more than doubled in the last 10 years.
"It is no secret that lower-income consumers face challenges in the financial marketplace," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Today's study shows that even at the beginning of their financial lives, they are faced with higher hurdles to gain access to credit, which hinders them from turning their version of the American dream into reality."
In 2015, CFPB estimated that 11 percent of adults in the United States, or about 26 million people, are credit invisible with no credit history at one of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Traditionally, a credit history reflects whether payments are made on time, what debt a consumer owes, and whether they have a debt or bill in collection. Lenders use a consumer's credit history to decide whether to extend credit and how much the credit will cost. Without a sufficient credit history, consumers face barriers to accessing credit or higher costs. This issue disproportionately impacts consumers who are African American or Hispanic, and people who live in low-income neighborhoods. It can also impact some recent immigrants, young people just getting started, and people who are recently widowed or divorced.
Comment: The report on credit invisibility is available
CFPB Monthly Snapshot Spotlights Complaints from Older Consumers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today [May 31, 2017] the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a monthly complaint report highlighting complaints submitted by older consumers. The snapshot shows that older consumers frequently report servicing problems with reverse mortgages, difficulties recovering money after financial scams, confusion around deferred interest credit cards, and charges for unauthorized add-on products. The snapshot provides an overview and analysis of more than 103,100 complaints submitted to the Bureau by consumers voluntarily reporting their age as 62 or older.
"Older consumers who may be on a fixed income are at a greater risk for financial trouble if they encounter problems with financial products or services," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "The complaints submitted by older consumers are important for the Bureau to ensure we are properly looking out for this segment of the population."
Comment: The Monthly Complaint Report can be found
FDIC Issues Adoption of Supervisory Guidance on Model Risk Management
The FDIC is adopting the Supervisory Guidance on Model Risk Management previously issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ("FRB") (SR 11-7) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") (OCC Bulletin 2011-12), with technical conforming changes, thereby making the guidance applicable to certain FDIC-supervised institutions. The guidance addresses supervisory expectations for model risk management, including: model development, implementation, and use; model validation; and governance, policies, and controls. The FDIC is adopting this guidance to facilitate consistent model risk-management expectations across the banking agencies and industry.
Statement of Applicability to Institutions under $1 Billion in Total Assets: It is not expected that this guidance will pertain to FDIC-supervised institutions with under $1 billion in total assets unless the institution's model use is significant, complex, or poses elevated risk to the institution.
Comment: To read FIL-22-2017, click
FDIC Issues Summary of Deposits Survey Filing for June 30, 2017
The Summary of Deposits (SOD) is the annual survey of branch office deposits as of June 30 for all FDIC-insured institutions, including insured U.S. branches of foreign banks. All institutions with branch offices are required to submit the survey; institutions with only a main office are exempt. All survey responses are required by July 31, 2017. No filing extensions will be granted.
Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Total Assets Under $1 Billion: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-insured institutions.
Comment: To read FIL-21-2017, click
FDIC Offers Deposit Insurance Coverage Seminars for Bank Officers and Employees
The FDIC will conduct four identical live seminars on FDIC deposit insurance coverage for bank employees and bank officers between June 6, 2017, and December 4, 2017. In addition to a comprehensive overview of FDIC deposit insurance rules, the seminars now include deposit insurance coverage information for Prepaid Cards, Health Savings Accounts, 529 plan accounts and 529 Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan accounts. The seminar presentation provides an overview of some of the most popular deposit insurance resources such as: (a) the FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE), which is an interactive tool used to calculate deposit insurance coverage, (b) the FDIC's BankFind Directory that allows users to confirm if a bank is FDIC-insured, and (c) the FDIC's Financial Institution Employee's Guide to Deposit Insurance, which was developed to assist bankers to provide detailed information about deposit insurance coverage to their depositors.
In addition, the FDIC has developed three separate Deposit Insurance Coverage Seminars for bank officers and employees that are available on the FDIC's YouTube channel. Both the live and the YouTube deposit insurance coverage seminars will provide bank employees with an understanding of how to calculate deposit insurance coverage. The live seminars each provide a comprehensive overview of FDIC deposit insurance. The three YouTube seminars cover: Fundamentals of Deposit Insurance Coverage; Deposit Insurance Coverage for Revocable Trust Accounts; and Advanced Topics in Deposit Insurance Coverage.
Statement of Applicability to Institutions Under $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised institutions.
Comment: To read FIL-18-2017, click
. These seminars, along with the very readable consumer brochures, are an excellent way to educate front-line staff on this complicated-but very important-concern to customers.
FDIC Consumer News Issues Warning About 10 Scams Targeting Bank Customers
The FDIC often hears from bank customers who believe they may be the victims of financial fraud or thefts. The Summer 2017 FDIC Consumer News alerts the public to common scams and provides basic tips for protecting personal information and money. Topics include:
- An overview of 10 schemes bank customers need to be aware of, starting with the crime that occurs when thieves pose as government employees with false claims about needing a payment or valuable information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers;
- Basic defenses to consider in your everyday life, especially when engaging in financial transactions with strangers through e-mail, over the phone or on the Internet; and
- Resources to turn to for more information on how to avoid becoming a victim of financial scams.
Consumers also come to the FDIC for answers to questions about shopping for a mortgage to buy a home, which is likely to be the biggest single purchase they'll ever make. The latest FDIC Consumer News helps answer questions on topics like how to get a good interest rate, the ability to negotiate with a lender, and how seniors may borrow money after owning a home by taking out a "reverse mortgage."
Also in this issue is a look at how the FDIC is working with banks, nonprofit organizations and other government agencies to bring more low- and moderate-income Americans into the financial mainstream by improving access to safe, secure and affordable banking services.
Comment: Although directed at consumers, the FDIC Consumer News items can be useful in training bank staff to recognize potential elder financial abuse scams. Remember, too, that you can share these with customers or post to your web site as part of your financial literacy outreach.
FDIC Announces Improvements to Deposit Insurance Education Materials
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) [today] announced significant new improvements to the deposit insurance education materials available on the FDIC's website,
. The enhancements are designed to improve the accessibility and presentation of deposit insurance information for the general public through organizational changes as well as through the expanded use of explanatory videos and interactive infographics. The changes are designed to allow the public to quickly access basic information while still offering the in-depth and comprehensive deposit insurance information that has traditionally been available. The FDIC will also continue to offer the Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE), where the public can enter their bank information to determine whether their deposits are fully insured.
FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said, "Deposit insurance is a foundation of public confidence in the banking system. In over 80 years of operation, the FDIC has never failed to live up to our promise of protecting every penny of insured deposits. Continuing to improve public understanding about how deposit insurance works is fundamental to carrying out this important mission."
OCC Issues New Comptroller's Licensing Manual Booklet
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today [June 19, 2017] the "Articles of Association, Charter, and Bylaw Amendments" booklet of the Comptroller's Licensing Manual. This new booklet consolidates the OCC's policies and procedures regarding articles of association amendments for national banks, charter amendments for federal savings associations, and bylaw amendments for national banks and federal savings associations.
Note for Community Banks - This guidance applies to all national banks and federal savings associations.
Comment: To read OCC Bulletin 2017-23, click
OCC Issues FAQ to Supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29 on Third Party Relationships
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is issuing frequently asked questions (FAQ) to supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29, "Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance," issued October 30, 2013.
Note for Community Banks - This bulletin addresses questions from national banks and federal savings associations regarding guidance in OCC Bulletin 2013-29. This bulletin and OCC Bulletin 2013-29 are applicable to all banks.
Comment: To read OCC Bulletin 2017-21, click
here. Many of the questions are directed to specific fintech concerns. However, the FAQs raise an intriguing possibility of co-op efforts to manage due diligence of these third party relationships through appropriate sharing. Check for any vendor Non-Disclosure Agreements before sharing, however.
OCC Issues Revised Comptroller's Licensing Manual Booklet
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the "Termination of Federal Charter" booklet of the Comptroller's Licensing Manual. This revised booklet replaces the "Termination of National Bank Status" booklet issued in April 1998. The booklet incorporates termination procedures and requirements updated after the Office of Thrift Supervision's integration with the OCC on July 21, 2011, and revised regulations (12 CFR 5) that became effective July 1, 2015, addressing termination of both national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks).
Note for Community Banks - This guidance applies to all national banks and federal savings associations.
Comment: To read OCC Bulletin 2017-20, click
OCC Hosts Operational Risk Workshop in West Virginia
WASHINGTON - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will host a workshop in Charleston, W.V., at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West, July 25, for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations supervised by the OCC.
The Operational Risk workshop focuses on the key components of operational risk-people, processes, and systems. The workshop also covers governance, third-party risk, vendor management, and cybersecurity.
The workshop fee is $99 and open to directors of national community banks and federal savings associations supervised by the OCC. Participants receive a pre-workshop reading package and course materials, and assorted supervisory publications. The workshop is limited to the first 35 registrants.
The workshop is taught by experienced OCC staff and is one of the 35 offered nationwide to enhance and expand the skills of national community bank and federal savings association directors. For information, including a complete list of available workshops, or to register for a workshop, visit
or call (240) 485-1700.
OCC Hosts Risk Governance and Compliance Workshops in Ohio
WASHINGTON - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will host two workshops in Cleveland at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South, July 18-19, for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations supervised by the OCC.
The Risk Governance workshop on July 18 combines lectures, discussion, and exercises to provide practical information for directors to effectively measure and manage risks. The workshop also focuses on the OCC's approach to risk-based supervision and major risks in the financial industry.
The Compliance Risk workshop on July 19 combines lectures, discussion, and exercises on the critical elements of an effective compliance risk management program. The workshop also focuses on major compliance risks and critical regulations. Topics of discussion include the Bank Secrecy Act, Flood Disaster Protection Act, Fair Lending, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Community Reinvestment Act, and other compliance areas of interest.
The workshop fee is $99. Participants receive a pre-workshop reading package and course materials, and assorted supervisory publications. The workshop is limited to the first 35 registrants.
The workshops are taught by experienced OCC staff and are offered nationwide to enhance and expand the skills of national community bank and federal savings association directors. To register for this workshop, visit
or call (240) 485-1700.
OCC Updates Policies and Procedures Regarding Violations of Laws and Regulations
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) updated today its policies and procedures regarding violations of laws and regulations. This policy is effective on July 1, 2017. These updates are reflected in the "Bank Supervision Process," "Community Bank Supervision," "Federal Branches and Agencies," and "Large Bank Supervision" booklets and other sections of the Comptroller's Handbook and internal guidance.
The OCC's updated policies and procedures on violations of laws and regulations address recommendations in "An International Review of OCC's Supervision of Large and Midsize Institutions" (International Peer Review report) and support the agency's mission of ensuring a safe and sound federal banking system by emphasizing timely detection and correction of violations before they affect a bank's condition. The updated policies and procedures also provide the agency with guidelines on consistent terminology, communication, format, follow-up, analysis, documentation, and reporting of violations.
Note for Community Banks - The updated policies and procedures apply to examinations of all national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies (collectively, banks).
Comment: To read OCC Bulletin 2017-18, click
FRB Propose Amendment to Regulation CC Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks
The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday [May 31, 2017] announced final amendments to the check collection and return provisions in Regulation CC (Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks) and also requested further public comment on an additional proposed amendment to Regulation CC's liability provisions.
The final amendments update Regulation CC to reflect the evolution of the nation's check collection system from one that is largely paper-based to one that is virtually all electronic. The amendments create a framework for electronic check collection and return and create new warranties for electronic checks, which will result in a consistent warranty chain regardless of the check's form. As with existing rules for paper checks, the parties may, by mutual agreement, vary the effect of the amendments' provisions as they apply to electronic checks and electronic returned checks. The final amendments also modify the expeditious-return and notice of nonpayment requirements to create incentives for electronic presentment and return. The amendments become effective July 1, 2018.
In response to comments received, the Board is also requesting comment on proposed language amending Regulation CC's existing liability provisions to include a presumption that a substitute or electronic check was altered instead of forged in certain cases of doubt. Comments on the proposed amendments are requested within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.
This proposed amendment to Regulation CC's includes a presumption that a substitute or electronic check was altered instead of forged in certain cases of doubt. Comments on the proposed amendments are requested within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register. To Read the Proposed rule, click here. The FRB also published its final amendment to Regulation CC, which deals with RDC issues. The risk for double depositing of an item is placed on the bank that accepts the item through remote deposit capture. However, a clear endorsement reflecting that the item is "mobile deposit only" can reduce that risk. Click here for the final rule which becomes effective July 1, 2018.
Other Federal Action and News
Treasury Releases First Report on Core Principles of Financial Regulation Stimulating Economic Growth, Increasing Access to Capital & Taxpayer Protection Are Top Priorities
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today [June 12, 2017] issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States' financial regulatory system and detailing executive actions and regulatory changes that can be immediately undertaken to provide much-needed relief.
"Properly structuring regulation of the U.S. financial system is critical to achieve the administration's goal of sustained economic growth and to create opportunities for all Americans to benefit from a stronger economy," said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. "We are focused on encouraging a market environment where consumers have more choices, access to capital and safe loan products - while ensuring taxpayer-funded bailouts are truly a thing of the past."
Over the past four months, Secretary Mnuchin and other Treasury officials met with hundreds of stakeholders across the financial ecosystem, including community, independent, regional and large banks, regulators, FSOC members, consumer advocates, academics, analysts and investors. These listening sessions provided a very clear picture of redundancy, fragmentation, and inefficiency in our regulatory framework.
"We congratulate the House on passing the Financial CHOICE Act. The report we are releasing today focuses on solutions the Executive Branch can execute through regulatory changes and executive actions. We look forward to working on a parallel track with Congress to provide swift relief, particularly to community banks," said Mnuchin.
FTC to Host Military Consumer Workshop
The FTC will host a "Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation" at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas on July 19, 2017, to examine financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty servicemembers in all branches and veterans.
The one-day workshop also will discuss FTC resources available to military consumer advocates and representatives on financial readiness and fraud prevention. The workshop will bring together military consumer advocates, consumer groups, government representatives (local, state, and federal), military legal services and legal clinics (including those at universities), and all service branches and industry representatives.
Topics of discussion will include:
- Auto purchase, financing, and leasing
- Student and other lending, including installment credit practices
- Information security issues
- Financial literacy and capability, including identity theft and financial resources
- Avoiding scams
Comment: If your bank is in an area with a large military presence, you may want to consider this workshop carefully.
Publications, Articles, Reports, Studies, Testimony & Speeches
FRB Community Banking Connections - Considerations for Banks Thinking About Migrating to a Dot-Bank Domain Name
As consumers and businesses increasingly conduct their financial transactions online, banks are paying more attention to their domain names, which are the portals to their browser-based banking platforms. When choosing a domain name, bankers should consider selecting a name that will enhance the security of the bank's website, appear in top search results, extend the bank's brand, avoid trademark infringement, and be easy for customers to key in and remember.
While banks have large latitude in selecting the portion of their domain name to the left of the dot, called the subdomain, their options have been limited until recently in selecting the domain extension at the end of their web address, or to the right of the dot, known as the top-level domain (TLD) (e.g., .com, .gov). As of 2012, only 21 TLDs were available, and some of these were available only to qualifying applicants (e.g., .edu is limited to U.S.-affiliated institutions of higher education). As a result, most banks have been using the dot-com TLD, which indicates a commercial organization.
Comment: To read the first 2017 issue of Community Banking Connections, click
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress
Businesses Beware-Fraudsters want to cash in on digital data, and your vulnerable e-mail account can give them the keys to the kingdom. One of the biggest dangers lurking in your in-box is a version of a phishing scheme.
In this case, the fraudster sends you what appears to be a legitimate e-mail. He may have hacked someone else's e-mail account to get to you, or he may have "spoofed" an e-mail address making it look real.
Either way, his goal is to get you to give him access to your company and/or your cash. In this phishing scheme, an embedded link is the hook with which he will attempt to catch you.
Comment: At the start of 2016, the FBI warned that it had seen a 270% increase in CEO scams, also known as Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. To read the article from the FBI Portland office, click
Selected Federal Rules Proposed
Proposed rules are included only when community banks may want to comment. Date posted may not be the same as the Federal Register Date.
Date SUMMARY OF PROPOSED RULE
05.31.2017 The Board is
to amend Regulation CC to address situations where there is a dispute as to whether a check has been altered or is a forgery, and the original paper check is not available for inspection. Closing date for comments: 08.01.2017.
04.13.2017 The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau)
amendments to Regulation C to make technical corrections to and to clarify certain requirements adopted by the Bureau's Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regulation C) final rule ( 2015 HMDA Final Rule or the Final Rule), which was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2015. The Bureau also proposes a new reporting exclusion. Comments on the proposal will be due 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
Selected Federal Rules - Upcoming Effective Dates
Not all final rules are included. Only rules affecting community banks are reported, but we make no guarantees that these are all the final rules your bank needs to know about.
Joint Agencies: Loans in Areas Having Special Flood Hazards
. A lender that loses the small lender exemption shall mail or deliver to the borrower no later than September 30 of the first calendar year in which the lender loses its small lenders exemption a notice in writing, or if the borrower agrees, electronically, informing the borrower of the option to escrow all premiums and fees for any required flood insurance and the method(s) by which the borrower may request escrow, using language similar to the model clause in appendix B. A lender loses the exemption when its assets are ≥ $1 billion.
This applies to any loan secured by residential improved real estate or a mobile home that is outstanding on July 1 of the first calendar year in which the lender no longer qualifies for the small lender exemption (exception is for lenders with <$1 billion in assets).
Prepaid Accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z)
. The CFPB is issuing this final rule to create comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid accounts under Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act; Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act; and the official interpretations to those regulations. The final rule modifies general Regulation E requirements to create tailored provisions governing disclosures, limited liability and error resolution, and periodic statements, and adds new requirements regarding the posting of account agreements. Additionally, the final rule regulates overdraft credit features that may be offered in conjunction with prepaid accounts. Subject to certain exceptions, such credit features will be covered under Regulation Z where the credit feature is offered by the prepaid account issuer, its affiliate, or its business partner and credit can be accessed in the course of a transaction conducted with a prepaid card. DATES: This rule is effective on October 1, 2017. The requirement in § 1005.19(b) to submit prepaid account agreements to the Bureau is delayed until October 1, 2018. See the CFPB's
prepaid rule implementation page
Comment: The CFPB issued a Final Rule on April 25, 2017 delaying to delay the October 1, 2017 effective date of the rule governing Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) (the Prepaid Accounts Final Rule) by six months, until April 1, 2018.
80 Fed Reg 43560
10.03.2017 Although the Military Lending Act was effective October 3, 2016, credit cards are exempt until October 3, 2017.
Mortgage Servicing Rules
. The CFPB updated its mortgage servicing rules and expanded foreclosure protections. The final rule provides protections when a mortgage is transferred between servicers. Mortgage servicers must now offer mitigation services more than once if a borrower brings their mortgage current, then again becomes delinquent. The rule provides additional protections to mortgagors who acquired the mortgage, often through death or divorce. The rules require servicers to provide periodic statements to borrowers in bankruptcy in certain circumstances. The statements must contain specific information tailored for bankruptcy and about loss mitigation options. The CFPB published a summary for consumers on its website. Servicers have a full year from the October 19, 2016, publication date (and for some changes 18 months) to implement the rules.
Safe harbors from FDCPA liability for actions complying with mortgage servicing rules under RESPA and Reg. Z
. The CFPB specified mortgage servicing rules in Regulations X and Z. This interpretive rule constitutes an advisory opinion for purposes of the FDCPA and provides safe harbors from liability for servicers acting in compliance with specified mortgage servicing rules in three situations: Servicers do not violate FDCPA section 805(b) when communicating about the mortgage loan with confirmed successors in interest in compliance with specified mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X or Z; servicers do not violate FDCPA section 805(c) with respect to the mortgage loan when providing the written early intervention notice required by Regulation X to a borrower who has invoked the cease communication right under FDCPA section 805(c); and servicers do not violate FDCPA section 805(c) when responding to borrower-initiated communications concerning loss mitigation after the borrower has invoked the cease communication right under FDCPA section 805(c).
Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regulation C)
. The CFPB amended Regulation C to implement amendments to HMDA made by section 1094 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Consistent with section 1094 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB is adding several new reporting requirements and clarifying several existing requirements. The CFPB is also modifying the institutional and transactional coverage of Regulation C. The final rule also provides extensive guidance regarding compliance with both the existing and new requirements.
Comment: In 2018, all banks covered by Regulation C that originated at least 25 covered closed-end mortgage loans in either of the two preceding calendar years (2016 and 2017), OR all banks covered by Regulation C that originated at least 100 covered open-end lines in either of the two preceding calendar years (2016 and 2017) must report. Those reports are due in 2019. For HMDA data collected on or after January 1, 2018, bank's will collect, record, and report additional information about originations of, purchases of, and applications for covered loans. Data collection and reporting applies to most residential mortgage loan applications regardless of their ultimate disposition; it is not limited to loans that are approved. There are 25 new data points.
Prepaid Accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z)
. The CFPB is issuing this final rule to create comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid accounts under Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act; Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act; and the official interpretations to those regulations. The final rule modifies general Regulation E requirements to create tailored provisions governing disclosures, limited liability and error resolution, and periodic statements, and adds new requirements regarding the posting of account agreements. Additionally, the final rule regulates overdraft credit features that may be offered in conjunction with prepaid accounts. Subject to certain exceptions, such credit features will be covered under Regulation Z where the credit feature is offered by the prepaid account issuer, its affiliate, or its business partner and credit can be accessed in the course of a transaction conducted with a prepaid card. DATES: This rule was originally effective on October 1, 2017 but a Final Rule published April 25, 2017 amended the effective date until April 1, 2018. The requirement in § 1005.19(b) to submit prepaid account agreements to the Bureau is delayed until October 1, 2018. See the CFPB's
prepaid rule implementation page
05.11.2018 FinCEN is issued
under the Bank Secrecy Act to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for: Banks; brokers or dealers in securities; mutual funds; and futures commission merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. The rules contain explicit customer due diligence requirements and include a new requirement to identify and verify the identity of beneficial owners of legal entity customers, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions.
Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks
The Board is amending subparts A, C, and D of Regulation CC, Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks (12 CFR part 229), which implements the Expedited Funds Availability Act of 1987 (EFA Act), the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act of 2003 (Check 21 Act), and the official staff commentary to the regulation.1 In the final rule, the Board has modified the current check collection and return requirements to reflect the virtually all-electronic check collection and return environment and to encourage all depository banks to receive, and paying banks to send, returned checks electronically. The Board has retained, without change, the current same-day settlement rule for paper checks. The Board is also applying Regulation CC's existing check warranties under subpart C to checks that are collected electronically, and in addition, has adopted new warranties and indemnities related to checks collected and returned electronically and to electronically-created items.
NEWS & EVENTS
Community Bankers for Compliance 2017
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIVE EVENTS
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Community Bankers for Compliance Program
3rd Qtr. Seminar
Tues. - August 15, 2017
Eagle Eye Golf Club
Community Bankers for Compliance Program
4th Qtr. Seminar
Tues. - Nov. 28, 2017
Eagle Eye Golf Club
More info to follow.
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Fri. - Nov. 3, 2017
CBM Training Center
DIFS/CBM Michigan Bank Directors' College
Wed. - Sept. 13, 2017
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City
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