The April Regulatory Compliance Briefing includes recent alerts, advisories, and pending actions and alerts to be aware of this month.
CA-197 NCUA Final Amendments to Subordinated Debt Rule
CA-198 CFPB Final Rule on Small Business Lending Data Collection
CA-199 HUD Final Rule Reinstating Discriminatory Effects Standard
The selected advisories and/or announcements below provide information that may be helpful to your organization but were not included as compliance alerts because they do not contain any regulatory changes.
On March 8, 2023, the CFPB issued a Supervisory Highlights special edition focusing on what the CFPB refers to as “junk fees.” The report discusses recent supervisory work and violations of the law in connection with certain fees, including Authorized Positive, Settled Negative Overdraft fees, and NSF fees assessed on the same item presented multiple times, among other fees the CFPB has determined to be an unfair act or practice. The report focuses on fees in the areas of deposits, auto servicing, mortgage servicing, payday and small-dollar lending, and student loan servicing.
On March 9, 2023, the FDIC issued FIL-09-2023, discussing the amendments to Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act made by the Fair Hiring in Banking Act signed into law on December 23, 2022. Section 19 prohibits a person from participating in the affairs of an FDIC-insured institution if he or she has been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or money laundering, or has entered into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such an offense, without the prior written consent of the FDIC.
On March 30, 2023, the FDIC issued FIL-12-2023, announcing a series of steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in areas of Mississippi affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.
On March 1, 2023, the NCUA issued a Letter to Credit Unions (23-FCU-02) extending the temporary 18-percent interest rate ceiling for loans made by federal credit unions.
On March 23, 2023, the NCUA issued an update of its simplified CECL Tool. The update includes: a) the incorporation of each credit union’s December 2022 net charge-offs values in its average three-year net charge-off rates, b) the adjustment of Weighted Average Remaining Maturity (life-of-loan) factors for recent trends, and c) minor technical enhancements.
On March 30, 2023, the NCUA issued a Regulatory Alert outlining the four criteria which, if met, would require a credit union to comply with Regulation C and collect HMDA data associated with mortgage loan applications processed during 2023. Credit Unions that do not meet such criteria are exempt from filing HMDA data for applications processed in calendar year 2023. The Regulatory Alert also outlines the partial exemptions from HMDA’s requirements for certain transactions.
On March 23, 2023, the FTC issued a Proposed Rule to amend its Negative Option Rule. Negative option offers are those that contain a term or condition that allows a seller to interpret a customer’s silence, or failure to take an affirmative action, as acceptance of an offer; such as, automatic renewal plans. The proposed amendments would expand the scope of coverage to all forms of negative option marketing (e.g. telephone, internet, print media, and in-person) and would establish new requirements to provide specified information to consumers, obtain consumers’ express informed consent, and ensure consumers can easily cancel these programs when they choose.
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