Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Final rule; technical amendment.
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 Philadelphia and to reassign the Federal Reserve 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 final rule will become effective on December 12, 2009.Start Further Info
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.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Regulation CC establishes the maximum period a depositary bank may wait between receiving a deposit and making the deposited funds available for withdrawal. 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.
On December 12, 2009, the Reserve Banks will transfer the check-processing operations of the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. As a result of this change, some checks that are drawn on and deposited at banks located in the Philadelphia and Cleveland 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 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 Philadelphia and Cleveland to reflect the transfer of check-processing operations from the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 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 December 12, 2009. 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.
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 Philadelphia to Cleveland effective without 30 days advance publication. On October 14, 2009, the Federal Reserve Banks, by letter, informed depository institutions within Philadelphia's check-processing region of the December 12 transfer of check-Start Printed Page 58538processing operations from Philadelphia to Cleveland. That letter was then published on the Federal Reserve Financial Services' website. Accordingly, the affected depository institutions are aware of and making preparations for the transfer of paper check-processing operations from Philadelphia to Cleveland.
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. The technical amendments to appendix A of Regulation CC will delete the reference to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and reassign the routing symbols listed under that office 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, all paperwork collection procedures associated with Regulation CC already are in place, and the Board accordingly anticipates that no additional burden will be imposed as a result of this rulemaking.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 229End List of Subjects
Authority and IssuanceStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board is amendingEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 229—AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND COLLECTION OF CHECKS (REGULATION CC)End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 229 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. In appendix A, remove introductory paragraph C and the headings and listings for the Third Federal Reserve District, and revise the listing for the Fourth Federal Reserve District to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Appendix
Appendix A to Part 229—Routing Number Guide to Next-Day Availability Checks and Local Checks
Fourth Federal Reserve District
[Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland]
|1 The first two digits identify the bank's Federal Reserve District. For example, 01 identifies the First Federal Reserve District (Boston), and 12 identifies the Twelfth District (San Francisco). Adding 2 to the first digit denotes a thrift institution. For example, 21 identifies a thrift in the First District, and 32 denotes a thrift in the Twelfth District.|
By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Secretary of the Board under delegated authority, November 6, 2009.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
1. For purposes of Regulation CC, the term “bank” refers to any depository institution, including commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions.Back to Citation
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.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E9-27189 Filed 11-12-09; 8:45 am]
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