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AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION:

Final rule; technical amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Board of Governors is amending appendix A of Regulation CC to delete the reference to the Little Rock check processing office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the St. Louis Reserve Bank's Memphis office and delete the reference to the Milwaukee check processing office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. These amendments reflect the restructuring of check processing operations within the Federal Reserve System.

DATES:

The amendment to Appendix A under the Eighth Federal Reserve District (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) is effective on July 24, 2004. The amendment to Appendix A under the Seventh Federal Reserve District (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) is effective on August 7, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jack K. Walton II, Assistant Director (202/452-2660), or Joseph P. Baressi, Senior Financial Services Analyst (202/452-3959), Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems; or Adrianne G. Threatt, Counsel (202/452-3554), Legal Division. For users of Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact 202/263-4869.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulation CC establishes the maximum period a depositary bank may wait between receiving a deposit and making the deposited funds available for withdrawal.[1] A depositary bank generally must provide faster availability for funds deposited by a “local check” than by a “nonlocal check.” A check drawn on a bank is considered local if it is payable by or at a bank located in the same Federal Reserve check processing region as the depositary bank. A check drawn on a nonbank is considered local if it is payable through a bank located in the same Federal Reserve check processing region as the depositary bank. Checks that do not meet the requirements for “local” checks are considered “nonlocal.”

Appendix A to Regulation CC contains a routing number guide that assists banks in identifying local and nonlocal banks and thereby determining the maximum permissible hold periods for most deposited checks. The appendix includes a list of each Federal Reserve check processing office and the first four digits of the routing number, known as the Federal Reserve routing symbol, of each bank that is served by that office. Banks whose Federal Reserve routing symbols are grouped under the same office are in the same check processing region and thus are local to one another.

As explained in detail in the Board's final rule published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2003, the Federal Reserve Banks decided in early 2003 to reduce the number of locations at which they process checks.[2] As part of this restructuring process, the Little Rock office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will cease processing checks on July 24, 2004, and banks with routing symbols currently assigned to that office for check processing purposes will be reassigned to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's Memphis office. The Milwaukee office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will cease processing checks on August 7, 2004, and banks with routing symbols currently assigned to that office for check processing purposes will be reassigned to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a result of these changes, some checks that are drawn on and deposited at banks located in the affected check processing regions and that currently are nonlocal checks will become local checks subject to faster availability schedules.

To assist banks in identifying local and nonlocal banks, the Board accordingly is amending the lists of routing symbols associated with the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Chicago to reflect the transfer of operations (1) from the St. Louis Reserve Bank's Little Rock office to that Reserve Bank's Memphis office and (2) from the Chicago Reserve Bank's Milwaukee office to that Reserve Bank's head office. To coincide with the effective date of the underlying check processing changes, the amendments affecting the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis are effective July 24, 2004, and the amendments affecting the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are effective August 7, 2004. The Board is providing advance notice of these amendments to give affected banks ample time to make any needed processing changes. The advance notice will also enable affected banks to amend their availability schedules and related disclosures, if necessary, and provide their customers with notice of these changes.[3] The Federal Reserve routing symbols assigned to all other Federal Reserve branches and offices will remain the same at this time. The Board of Governors, however, intends to issue similar notices at least sixty days prior to the elimination of check operations at some other Reserve Bank offices, as described in the May 2003 Federal Register document.

Administrative Procedure Act

The Board has not followed the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) relating to notice and public participation in connection with the adoption of this final rule. The revisions to the appendix Start Printed Page 28820are technical in nature, and the routing symbol revisions are required by the statutory and regulatory definitions of “check-processing region.” Because there is no substantive change on which to seek public input, the Board has determined that the § 553(b) notice and comment procedures are unnecessary.

Paperwork Reduction Act

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR part 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board has reviewed the final rule under authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget. This technical amendment to appendix A of Regulation CC will (1) delete the reference to the Little Rock office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and reassign the routing symbols listed under that office to the St. Louis Reserve Bank's Memphis office and (2) delete the reference to the Milwaukee office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and reassign the routing symbols listed under that office to the Chicago Reserve Bank's head office. The depository institutions that are located in the affected check processing regions and that include the routing numbers in their disclosure statements would be required to notify customers of the resulting change in availability under § 229.18(e). However, because all paperwork collection procedures associated with Regulation CC already are in place, the Board anticipates that no additional burden will be imposed as a result of this rulemaking.

12 CFR Chapter II

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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 229

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Authority and Issuance

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board is amending

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PART 229—AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND COLLECTION OF CHECKS (REGULATION CC)

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1. The authority citation for part 229 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.

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2. The Seventh and Eighth Federal Reserve District routing symbol lists in appendix A are revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 229—Routing Number Guide to Next-Day Availability Checks and Local Checks

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Seventh Federal Reserve District

[Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago]

Head Office

0710 2710

0711 2711

0712 2712

0719 2719

0750 2750

0759 2759

Detroit Branch

0720 2720

0724 2724

Des Moines Office

0730 2730

0739 2739

1040 3040

1041 3041

1049 3049

Indianapolis Office

0740 2740

0749 2749

Eighth Federal Reserve District

[Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis]

Head Office

0810 2810

0812 2812

0815 2815

0819 2819

0865 2865

Louisville Branch

0813 2813

0830 2830

0839 2839

0863 2863

Memphis Branch

0820 2820

0829 2829

0840 2840

0841 2841

0842 2842

0843 2843

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By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated authority, May 13, 2004.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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Footnotes

1.  For purposes of Regulation CC, the term “bank” refers to any depository institution, including commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions.

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2.  See 68 FR 31592, May 28, 2003. In addition to the general advance notice of future amendments previously provided by the Board, as well as the Board's notices of final amendments, the Reserve Banks are striving to inform affected depository institutions of the exact date of each office transition at least 120 days in advance. The Reserve Banks' communications to affected depository institutions are available at www.frbservices.org.

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3.  Section 229.18(e) of Regulation CC requires that banks notify account holders who are consumers within 30 days after implementing a change that improves the availability of funds.

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[FR Doc. 04-11269 Filed 5-18-04; 8:45 am]

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