Compliance Blog

Feb 02, 2012

When It Rains, It Pours............Regulations

Written by Steve Van Beek

The DC area has had some unseasonably warm weather the past couple of weeks - but the flood of regulations coming from the regulators make it seem like we need to have our galoshes with us at all times.  The past couple of weeks have been a good example of regulatory onslaught from multiple angles - making the lives of compliance officers everywhere very difficult.

Given the fast-paced nature of the recent proposals and finalized regulations, I thought a quick blog post highlighting where to find the new rules was a good start up this mountain I like to call "regulatory change."  As an aside, I'm very interested to see Chairman Matz discuss NCUA's efforts to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions during NCUA's February 8th webinar (which also features CFPB Director Richard Cordray).

Interest Rate Risk Policy - Final Rule.  Recently NCUA issued a final rule on interest rate risk policies.  That rule will be published in the Federal Register this morning.  This final rule becomes effective September 30, 2012.    

Loan Workouts, Nonaccrual Policy & TDRs - Proposed Rule.  At its January Board meeting, NCUA also proposed a new rule that would require all federally-insured credit unions to have a written loan workout/modification policy.  The proposal also contains an Interpretive Ruling & Policy Statement discussing nonaccrual status and troubled debt restructuring reporting.  This proposal was published in the Federal Register yesterday and includes a short, 30-day comment period.

Derivatives - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR).  NCUA also issued a ANPR on derivatives that would provide opportunities for credit unions to use derivatives to manage interest rate risk.  This proposal has not been published yet, but it will have a 60-day comment period (from the date it is published in the Federal Register).

Regulation E (Remittances) - Final Rule.  We discussed this final rule yesterday and I'm fairly certain we'll all become good friends with this rule over the next year.  The final rule will become effective February 7, 2013.

Regulation E (Remittances) - Proposed Rule.  Quite possibly a new record - proposing a rule to amend a final rule that was published on the same day.  Bravo!  The CFPB issue a proposed rule that would tweak the recent final rule.  Rest assured (warning - you may need to adjust your snark meter), the CFPB has indicated they will finalize this proposed rule before the finalized rule that it amends becomes effective.

Junior Lien Loan Loss Allowances - Guidance.  On Tuesday, NCUA along with the other regulators who make up the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) announced new guidance for junior lien loan loss allowances.  The Interagency Guidance is here and NCUA also issued Accounting Bulletin 12-1.


On a happier note, all this talk about raining, pouring and galoshes got me thinking about a wonderful trip with my (now) wife in Seattle.  Good times!