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Federal Home Loan Bank Acquired Member Assets

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Federal Housing Finance Board.


Withdrawal of proposed rule.


The Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) is withdrawing its proposed rule that would have amended its Acquired Member Assets (AMA) regulation to place greater responsibility with each Federal Home Loan Bank (Bank) to manage its AMA program, subject to ongoing supervisory review by the Finance Board.

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Scott Smith, Associate Director, Office of Supervision; or (202) 408-2991; Sharon Like, Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of General Counsel, or (202) 408-2930, Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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I. Background

The Finance Board proposed a rule in the Federal Register of July 1, 2003, to amend its AMA regulation to place greater responsibility with each Bank to manage its AMA program, subject to ongoing supervisory review by the Finance Board. See 68 FR 39027 (July 1, 2003). The proposed rule would have maintained the core provisions in the current rule relating to safety and soundness, but would have been less prescriptive and simpler than the current rule. The proposed rule also would have codified the authority of a Bank to acquire as AMA instruments that are created by Bank members or housing associates in cooperation with a Bank and that represent an interest in loans that individually could qualify as AMA. The proposed rule provided for a 60-day public comment period, which closed September 2, 2003.

II. Reasons for Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule

All twelve Banks as well as other interested parties have requested that the Finance Board extend the original 60-day public comment period for an additional 90 days, to provide additional time to submit comments on a number of complex issues raised by the proposed rule.

The Finance Board recognizes that the proposed rule could better reflect the intent of the Finance Board if it were written with greater clarity, and that a greater degree of clarity would facilitate the submission of informed and meaningful comments to the Finance Board. The Finance Board believes that the rulemaking process would be better advanced by the withdrawal of the proposed rule and subsequent issuance of a revised proposed rule, than by a simple extension of the comment period. Therefore, the Finance Board is withdrawing the proposed rule. The Finance Board will retain the comment letters received on the proposed rule and will incorporate them into the public record of a subsequent proposed rule addressing the AMA regulation.

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Accordingly, the Finance Board hereby withdraws the Proposed Rule published at 68 FR 39027 on July 1, 2003.

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Dated: September 11, 2003.

By the Board of Directors of the Federal Housing Finance Board.

John T. Korsmo,


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[FR Doc. 03-23762 Filed 9-16-03; 8:45 am]