Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

CFPB Issues Two NPRMs Regarding Expiration of GSE Patch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPMs) that aim to ensure a smooth transition as the Government-Sponsored Enterprises Patch (GSE) expires as scheduled in January 2021 and the temporary qualified mortgage (QM) loan definitions of the GSE expire with it. The first NRPM proposes a change to the General QM definition in Regulation Z, replacing the DTI limit with an approach based on price. The second NRPM proposes amending Regulation Z to extend the expiration of the GSE to accommodate a final rule regarding the amendments made in the first NRPM.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) 

The OCC Approves Interim Final Rule Reducing Assessments Due to COVID-19

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency approved an interim final rule (IFR) that reduces the number of OCC assessments owed to the OCC on September 30, 2020. This IFR is aimed at providing relief to institutions affected by the national emergency declared to halt the spread of COVID-19. This one-time change will allow banks assessments due on September 30, 2020 to be calculated using the December 31, 2019 call report for each institution rather than the June 30, 2020 call report, reducing the number of assessments due.


Securities and Exchange Commission

SEC Announces Extension for In-Person Voting Relief

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would extend the conditional relief originally established in March 2020 regarding in-person voting requirements for fund boards to at least December 31, 2020. The extension is designed to ease pressures with in-person meeting that may continue due to COVID-19. The SEC will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on investors and market participants.


Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 

FDIC and Other Agencies Release State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued the host state loan-to-deposit ratios, replacing the rations from last year, released on May 28, 2019. These ratios are used in determining compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994, which requires a loan-to-deposit ratio test that compares the statewide ratio of the bank to the host state ratio for banks in a certain state.

Federal Resevce Board

FRB Releases FraudClassifier Model

The Federal Reserve recently published the FraudClassifier Model. The model is used to better classify and understand fraudulent activity – as well as the ways it occurs and how often it occurs across the financial industry. The model was developed by FRB fraud experts of the Fraud Definitions Work Group.