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AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION:

Final rule; technical amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Board of Governors (Board) is amending the routing number guide to next-day availability checks and local checks in Regulation CC to delete the reference to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and to reassign the Federal Reserve routing symbols currently listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The Board is also amending the routing number guide to delete the reference to the Los Angeles branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and to reassign the routing symbols currently listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. These amendments reflect the restructuring of check-processing operations within the Federal Reserve System. The Board is also providing advance notice about anticipated future amendments in connection with the Reserve Banks' restructuring such that by early next year there will only be a single check-processing region for purposes of Regulation CC. Accordingly, at that time there will no longer be any checks that would be considered nonlocal.

DATES:

The amendments to appendix A to part 229 in amendatory instruction 2 are effective October 17, 2009.

The amendments to appendix A to part 229 in amendatory instruction 3 are effective November 14, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeffrey S. H. Yeganeh, Financial Services Manager (202/728-5801), or Joseph P. Baressi, Financial Services Project Leader (202/452-3959), Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems; or Dena L. Milligan, Attorney (202/452-3900), Legal Division. For users of Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact 202/263-4869.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

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 is considered local if it is payable by or at or through a bank located in the same Federal Reserve check-processing region as the depositary bank.

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 for check-processing purposes. 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.

Final Amendments to Appendix A

On October 17, 2009, the Reserve Banks will transfer the check-processing operations of the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. On November 14, 2009, the Reserve Banks will transfer the check-processing operations of the Los Angeles branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. As a result of these changes, some checks that are drawn on and deposited at banks located in the Dallas, Los Angeles, and Cleveland check-processing regions and that currently are nonlocal checks will Start Printed Page 52876become local checks subject to faster availability schedules. To assist banks in identifying local and nonlocal checks and making funds availability decisions, the Board is amending the lists of routing symbols in appendix A associated with the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas, San Francisco, and Cleveland to reflect the transfer of check-processing operations from the Dallas head office and the Los Angeles branch office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. To coincide with the effective date of the underlying check-processing changes, the amendments to appendix A are effective October 17 and November 14, 2009, respectively. The Board is providing notice of the amendments at this time to give affected banks ample time to make any needed processing changes. Early notice also will enable affected banks to amend their availability schedules and related disclosures if necessary and provide their customers with notice of these changes.[2]

Information About Anticipated Future Changes to Regulation CC

The Federal Reserve Banks initially announced in November 2008 that decreases in check volume necessitated transition to a single paper-check-processing site in order to comply with the cost recovery provisions of the Monetary Control Act.[3] On July 31, 2009, the Reserve Banks reaffirmed that decreasing check-processing volume was likely to necessitate the transition to a single check-processing center by the first quarter of 2010.[4] The Reserve Banks are taking these steps in response to the continued nationwide decline in check usage, as well as the rapidly increasing use of electronic check-clearing methods, and to meet the cost recovery requirements of the Monetary Control Act of 1980. For the information and planning needs of banks, the Board is today providing notice that, assuming check volumes continue to evolve in line with the Reserve Banks' expectations, the Reserve Banks intend to change their check-processing infrastructure such that by early next year there will be only a single check-processing region for purposes of Regulation CC. Accordingly, at that time there will no longer be any checks that would be considered nonlocal.

Administrative Procedure Act

The public comment requirements of section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act do not apply to these amendments to Appendix A of Regulation CC because the amendments involve matters of agency organization. The Monetary Control Act requires cost recovery for Federal Reserve Bank priced services over the long term, which from time to time necessitates changes in the internal organization of Reserve Bank services in order to meet the statutory mandate. The rapid decline in paper check volumes, generally, and the decline in paper checks sent to the Reserve Banks for collection have significantly reduced the need for Federal Reserve check-processing locations and the ability of Reserve Banks to recover the costs of maintaining those locations. In order to achieve the Monetary Control Act requirement of long-run full cost recovery, the Reserve Banks have adjusted their check service infrastructure to reduce the number of check-processing regions. In light of the fact that the Reserve Banks are receiving a high percentage of checks electronically, the consolidation of check processing centers and the accompanying amendments to Appendix A of Regulation CC are required by law. As a result of the consolidation of Federal Reserve check-processing offices, amendments to Appendix A are necessary because the statutory and regulatory terms “local” and “nonlocal” are defined in terms of “check-processing regions”—the geographic areas served by a Federal Reserve check-processing office.

In addition, the Board finds, in accordance with APA section 553(d), good cause for making the amendments to Appendix A relating to the transfer of check-processing operations from Dallas to Cleveland effective without 30 days advance publication. On August 14, 2009, the Federal Reserve Banks, by letter, informed depository institutions within Dallas's check-processing region of the October 17 transfer of check-processing operations from Dallas to Cleveland. That letter was then published on the Federal Reserve Financial Services' Web site. Accordingly, the affected depository institutions are aware of and making preparations for the transfer of paper check-processing operations from Dallas to Cleveland.

Paperwork Reduction Act

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board has reviewed the final rule under authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget. The technical amendments to Appendix A of Regulation CC will delete the references to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Los Angeles branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and reassign the routing symbols listed under those offices to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. 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, the Board believes that all procedures for notifying customers of any change in funds availability are in place, and therefore, the Board anticipates that no additional burden will be imposed as a result of this rulemaking.

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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. 4001-4010, 12 U.S.C. 5001-5018.

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2. Effective October 17, 2009, the Fourth and Eleventh District routing symbol lists in appendix A are amended by removing the headings and listings for the Eleventh Federal Reserve District and revising the listings for the Fourth Federal Reserve District 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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Fourth Federal Reserve District

[Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland]

Head Office

0220-2220

0223-2223

0410-2410

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0420-2420

0421-2421

0422-2422

0423-2423

0430-2430

0432-2432

0433-2433

0434-2434

0440-2440

0441-2441

0442-2442

0515-2515

0519-2519

0710-2710

0711-2711

0712-2712

0719-2719

0720-2720

0724-2724

0730-2730

0739-2739

0740-2740

0749-2749

0750-2750

0759-2759

0813-2813

0830-2830

0839-2839

0863-2863

0910-2910

0911-2911

0912-2912

0913-2913

0914-2914

0915-2915

0918-2918

0919-2919

0920-2920

0921-2921

0929-2929

0960-2960

1010-3010

1011-3011

1012-3012

1019-3019

1020-3020

1021-3021

1022-3022

1023-3023

1030-3030

1031-3031

1039-3039

1040-3040

1041-3041

1049-3049

1070-3070

1110-3110

1111-3111

1113-3113

1119-3119

1120-3120

1122-3122

1123-3123

1130-3130

1131-3131

1140-3140

1149-3149

1163-3163

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3. Effective November 14, 2009, the Fourth and Twelfth District routing symbol lists in appendix A are amended by removing the headings and listings for the Twelfth Federal Reserve District and revising the listings for the Fourth Federal Reserve District 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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Fourth Federal Reserve District

[Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland]

Head Office

0220-2220

0223-2223

0410-2410

0412-2412

0420-2420

0421-2421

0422-2422

0423-2423

0430-2430

0432-2432

0433-2433

0434-2434

0440-2440

0441-2441

0442-2442

0515-2515

0519-2519

0710-2710

0711-2711

0712-2712

0719-2719

0720-2720

0724-2724

0730-2730

0739-2739

0740-2740

0749-2749

0750-2750

0759-2759

0813-2813

0830-2830

0839-2839

0863-2863

0910-2910

0911-2911

0912-2912

0913-2913

0914-2914

0915-2915

0918-2918

0919-2919

0920-2920

0921-2921

0929-2929

0960-2960

1010-3010

1011-3011

1012-3012

1019-3019

1020-3020

1021-3021

1022-3022

1023-3023

1030-3030

1031-3031

1039-3039

1040-3040

1041-3041

1049-3049

1070-3070

1110-3110

1111-3111

1113-3113

1119-3119

1120-3120

1122-3122

1123-3123

1130-3130

1131-3131

1140-3140

1149-3149

1163-3163

1210-3210

1211-3211

1212-3212

1213-3213

1220-3220

1221-3221

1222-3222

1223-3223

1224-3224

1230-3230

1231-3231

1232-3232

1233-3233

1240-3240

1241-3241

1242-3242

1243-3243

1250-3250

1251-3251

1252-3252

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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, October 8, 2009.

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.  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. E9-24634 Filed 10-14-09; 8:45 am]

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