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AGENCY:

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

NCUA is amending its regulation pertaining to the Community Development Revolving Loan Program For Credit Unions (CDRLP) to permit student credit unions to participate in the program.

DATES:

This final rule is effective August 30, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Frank Kressman, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, at the above address or telephone: (703) 518-6540.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Part 705 of NCUA's regulations implements the CDRLP. 12 CFR part 705. The purpose of the CDRLP is to support the community development activities of participating credit unions. 12 CFR § 705.2. Participating credit unions are defined as those that are specifically involved in the stimulation of economic development and community revitalization activities in the communities they serve, whose membership consists of predominantly low-income members as reflected by a current low-income designation pursuant to § 701.34, § 741.204, or other applicable standards, and have submitted an application for participation and have been selected. 12 CFR § 705.3(b); 12 CFR § 701.34; 12 CFR § 741.204. The CDRLP achieves its purpose by making low interest loans and providing technical assistance to those credit unions. A credit union that participates in the CDRLP increases economic and employment opportunities for its low-income members.

Previously, NCUA took the position that although student credit unions are designated as low-income credit unions for purposes of receiving nonmember deposits, they did not qualify to participate in the CDRLP because they were not specifically involved in the stimulation of economic development activities and community revitalization. 61 FR 50694 (September 27, 1996); 58 FR 21642 (April 23, 1993). The NCUA believes this historical perspective underestimates the importance of student credit unions and the impact they have on the economic development and revitalization of the communities they serve. Student credit unions not only provide their members with valuable financial services generally not available but also a unique opportunity for financial education. NCUA believes that well run student credit unions would benefit greatly from participation in the CDRLP and, as a result, would be better able to serve their communities. Accordingly, in April 2004, NCUA issued a proposed rule to amend the CDRLP regulation to allow student credit unions to participate in the program. 69 FR 21443 (April 21, 2004).Start Printed Page 45237

B. Summary of Comments

NCUA received twenty-six comment letters regarding the proposed rule: eleven from federal credit unions, four from state credit unions, one from a private individual, and ten from credit union and student trade organizations. Twenty-one commenters fully supported the proposal. Four low-income designated credit unions involved in community development activities and one trade organization that represents community development credit unions opposed the proposal. Those opposed took the position that student credit unions do not fulfill the same mission as those credit unions for which the CDRLP was created. As noted above, NCUA believes that viewpoint underestimates the impact the few remaining student credit unions have on the communities they serve. Student credit unions not only provide their members with valuable financial services generally not available but also a unique opportunity for financial education. Also, NCUA believes a small CDRLP loan or technical assistance grant might help a student credit union survive or prosper while having a minor impact on CDRLP funding availability. Accordingly, NCUA adopts the amendments to part 705 as proposed.

Regulatory Procedures

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires NCUA to prepare an analysis to describe any significant economic impact a rule may have on a substantial number of small credit unions, defined as those under ten million dollars in assets. This rule permits student credit unions to participate in the CDRLP, without imposing any additional regulatory burden. The final amendments will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small credit unions, and, therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

Paperwork Reduction Act

NCUA has determined that the final rule would not increase paperwork requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and regulations of the Office of Management and Budget.

Executive Order 13132

Executive Order 13132 encourages independent regulatory agencies to consider the impact of their actions on state and local interests. In adherence to fundamental federalism principles, NCUA, an independent regulatory agency as defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5), voluntarily complies with the executive order. The final rule would not have substantial direct effects on the states, on the connection between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. NCUA has determined that this final rule does not constitute a policy that has federalism implications for purposes of the executive order.

The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999—Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families

The NCUA has determined that this final rule would not affect family well-being within the meaning of section 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999, Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681 (1998).

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121) provides generally for congressional review of agency rules. A reporting requirement is triggered in instances where NCUA issues a final rule as defined by Section 551 of the Administrative Procedure Act. 5 U.S.C. 551. The Office of Management and Budget has determined that this rule is not a major rule for purposes of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 705

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By the National Credit Union Administration Board on July 22, 2004.

Becky Baker,

Secretary of the Board.

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For the reasons stated above, NCUA amends

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PART 705—COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM FOR CREDIT UNIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 705 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1772c-1; 42 U.S.C. 9822 and 9822 note.

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2. Remove the parenthetical clause “(excluding student credit unions)” from § 705.3(b).

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[FR Doc. 04-17257 Filed 7-28-04; 8:45 am]

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