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AGENCY:

Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is amending its regulations to incorporate a number of technical and conforming amendments. They include clarifications, updated statutory and other references, and corrections of typographical errors.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

December 30, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marilyn K. Burton, Senior Paralegal (Regulations), (202) 906-6467, or Karen A. Osterloh, Special Counsel, (202) 906-6639, Regulations and Legislation Division, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OTS is amending its regulations to incorporate a number of technical and conforming amendments. OTS is making the following miscellaneous changes:

  • Part 506—Information Collection Requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The final rule updates the table displaying the OMB control numbers assigned to various OTS regulations under the PRA by adding and amending references to a control number. See 12 CFR 506.1(b).
  • Part 550—Fiduciary Powers of Savings Associations. The final rule corrects typographical errors in the chart in § 550.70.
  • Part 560—Lending and Investment. The final rule corrects a typographical error in § 560.30.
  • Part 563—Savings Associations—Operations. The final rule adds a regulatory reference to § 563.41(b) and deletes a citation to an outdated regulation in § 563.180(c).
  • Parts 563g—Securities Offerings. The final rule updates a reference to an OTS Office and revises citations in §§ 563g.1(a)(6), (a)(9) and (a)(10), and 563g.5.
  • Part 575—Mutual Holding Companies. The final rule corrects a typographical error in § 575.7.

Administrative Procedure Act; Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994

OTS finds that there is good cause to dispense with prior notice and comment on this final rule and with the 30-day delay of effective date mandated by the Administrative Procedure Act.[1] OTS believes that these procedures are unnecessary and contrary to public interest because the rule merely corrects and clarifies existing provisions. Because the amendments in the rule are not substantive, these changes will not detrimentally affect savings associations.

Section 302 of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 provides that regulations that impose additional reporting, disclosure, or other new requirements may not take effect before the first day of the quarter following publication.[2] This section does not apply because this final rule imposes no additional requirements and makes only technical changes to existing regulations.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

Pursuant to section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act,[3] the OTS Director certifies that this technical corrections regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Executive Order 12866

OTS has determined that this rule is not a “significant regulatory action” for purposes of Executive Order 12866.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

OTS has determined that the requirements of this final rule will not result in expenditures by State, local, and tribal governments, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year. Accordingly, a budgetary impact statement is not required under section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

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Accordingly, the Office of Thrift Supervision amends title 12, chapter V of the Code of Federal Regulations, as set forth below.

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PART 506—INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT

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1. The authority citation for part 506 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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2. Amend the table in § 506.1(b) by:

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a. Revising the entries for §§ 563.22 and 563.81; and

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b. Removing the entries for §§ 552.6, 552.7, 563.80, 563b.4, and 563b.20 through 563b.32.

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OMB control numbers assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
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(b) Display.

12 CFR part or section where identified and describedCurrent OMB control No.
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563.221550-0016, 1550-0025
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563.811550-0030
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PART 550—FIDUCIARY POWERS OF SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS

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3. The authority citation for part 550 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462a, 1463, 1464.

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4. Revise the table in § 550.70 at paragraphs (b) and (d) to read as follows:

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Must I obtain OTS approval or file a notice before I exercise fiduciary powers?
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If you will conduct . . .Then . . .
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(b) Fiduciary activities that are materially different from the activities that OTS has previously approved for you, including fiduciary activities that OTS has previously approved for you that you have not exercised for at least five yearsYou must obtain prior approval from OTS under §§ 550.80 through 550.120 before you conduct the activities
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(d) Activities that are ancillary to your fiduciary businessYou do not have to obtain prior OTS approval or file a notice with OTS.
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PART 560—LENDING AND INVESTMENT

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5. The authority citation for part 560 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462, 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, 1701j-3, 1828, 3803, 3806; 42 U.S.C. 4106.

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6. Revise the fifth entry in the table in § 560.30 to read as follows:

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General lending and investment powers of Federal savings associations.
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Lending and Investment Powers Chart

CategoryStatutory authorization 1Statutory investment limitations (Endnotes contain applicable regulatory limitations)
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Community development loans and equity investments5(c)(3)(A)5% of total assets, provided equity investments do not exceed 2% of total assets.4
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Endnotes:
1. All references are to section 5 of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1464) unless otherwise indicated.
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4. The 2% of assets limitation is a sublimit for investments within the overall 5% of assets limitation on community development loans and investments. The qualitative standards for such loans and investments are set forth in HOLA section 5(c)(3)(A) (formerly 5(c)(3)(B), as explained in an opinion of the OTS Chief Counsel dated May 10, 1995 (available at http://www.ots.treas.gov)).
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PART 563—SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS—OPERATIONS

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7. The authority citation for part 563 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 375b, 1462, 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, 1468, 1817, 1820, 1828, 1831o, 3806; 42 U.S.C. 4106.

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8. Revise the last sentence of the introductory paragraph of § 563.41(b) to read as follows:

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Transactions with affiliates.
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(b) * * * In addition, a savings association should read all references to “the Board” or “appropriate federal banking agency” to refer only to “OTS,” except for references at 12 CFR 223.2(a)(9)(iv), 223.3(h), 223.3(z), 223.14(c)(4), 223.43, and 223.55.

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9. Amend § 563.180(c) by removing the last sentence.

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PART 563g—SECURITIES OFFERINGS

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10. The authority citation for part 563g continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462a, 1463, 1464; 15 U.S.C. 78c(b), 78 l, 78m, 78n, 78p, 78w.

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11. In § 563g.1, amend paragraph (a)(6) by removing “Corporate and Securities Division” and by adding in lieu thereof “Business Transactions Division'; amend paragraph (a)(9) by removing “§ 563b.2(a)(27)” and adding in lieu thereof “§ 563b.25”; and amend paragraph (a)(10) by removing “§ 563b.2(a)(29)” and adding in lieu thereof “§ 563b.25”.

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12. Amend § 563g.5(a) by removing the phrase “§ 563b.8(e)(1), (e)(3), and (e)(4), (f) through (q), and (s)” and adding in lieu thereof “§§ 563b.115(a), 563b.150(a)(6), 563b.155, 563b.180(b), and Form AC, General Instruction B”.

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PART 575—MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANIES

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13. The authority citation for part 575 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462, 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, 1828, 2901.

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14. Amend § 575.7 by removing “12 CFR Form OC” in paragraph (d)(6)(i) and by adding in lieu thereof “Form OC”.

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Dated: December 17, 2003.

By the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Richard M. Riccobono,

Deputy Director.

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Footnotes

2.  Pub. L. No. 103-325, 12 U.S.C. 4802.

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3.  Pub. L. No. 96-354, 5 U.S.C. 601.

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[FR Doc. 03-31692 Filed 12-29-03; 8:45 am]

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