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Prohibited Service at Savings and Loan Holding Companies; Reinstitution of Expiration Date of Temporary Exemption

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AGENCY:

Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

OTS is revising its rules implementing section 19(e) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA), which prohibits any person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or money laundering (or who has agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such an offense) from holding certain positions with respect to a savings and loan holding company (SLHC). Specifically, OTS is reinstituting and extending the expiration date of a temporary exemption granted to persons who held positions with respect to a SLHC as of the date of the enactment of section 19(e). The reinstituted and revised expiration date for the temporary exemption is December 31, 2012.

DATES:

Effective Date: The final rule is effective on December 28, 2010.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Donna Deale, Director, Holding Companies and International Activities, Examinations, Supervision and Consumer Protection, (202) 906-7488, Marvin Shaw, Senior Attorney, Regulations and Legislation Division, (202) 906-6639, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On May 8, 2007, OTS published an interim final rule adding 12 CFR part 585. This new part implemented section 19(e) of the FDIA, which prohibits any person who has been convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or money laundering (or who has agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with a prosecution for such an offense) from holding certain positions with a SLHC. Section 19(e) also authorizes the Director of OTS to provide exemptions from the prohibitions, by regulation or order, if the exemption is consistent with the purposes of the statute.

The interim final rule described the actions that are prohibited under the statute and prescribed procedures for applying for an OTS order granting a case-by-case exemption from the prohibition. The rule also provided regulatory exemptions to the prohibitions, including a temporary exemption for persons who held positions with respect to a SLHC on October 13, 2006, the date of enactment of section 19(e). This temporary exemption expired on September 30, 2010, unless a case-by-case exemption was filed prior to that expiration date.[1]

OTS has decided to reinstitute the temporary regulatory exemption, with a new expiration date of December 31, 2012. OTS notes that the reinstituted regulatory exemption applies from October 13, 2006 until December 31, 2012 and includes the period after October 1, 2010 until today. Given that this reinstitution of the temporary exemption will reduce needless disruptions of SLHC operations, OTS has concluded that reinstituting the exemption is consistent with the purposes of section 19(e) of the FDIA.

Regulatory Findings

Notice and Comment and Effective Date

For the reasons set out in the interim final rule,[2] OTS has concluded that: notice and comment on this extension are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest under section 552(b)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA); there is good cause for making the extension effective immediately under section 553(d) of the APA; and the delayed effective date requirements of section 302 of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (CDRIA) do not apply.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

For the reasons stated in the interim final rule,[3] OTS has concluded that this rule does not require an initial regulatory flexibility analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), and that this rule should not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities, as defined in the RFA.

Paperwork Reduction Act

OTS has determined that this rule does not involve a change to collections of information previously approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.)

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

For the reasons stated in the interim final rule,[4] OTS has determined that this rule will not result in expenditures by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of more than $100 million in any one year.

Executive Order 12866

OTS has determined that this rule is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

Plain Language

Section 722 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (12 U.S.C. 4809) requires the Agencies to use “plain language” in all final rules published after January 1, 2000. OTS believes that the final rule is presented in a clear and straightforward manner.

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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 585

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Authority and Issuance

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For the reasons in the preamble, OTS is amending part 585 of chapter V of title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations as set forth below:

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PART 585—PROHIBITED SERVICE AT SAVINGS AND LOAN HOLDING COMPANIES

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1462, 1462a, 1463, 1464, 1467a, and 1829(e).

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2. Amend § 585.100(b)(2) introductory text to read as follows:

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Who is exempt from the prohibition under this part?
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(b) Temporary exemption. * * *

(2) This exemption expires on December 31, 2012, unless the savings and loan holding company or the person files an application seeking a case-by-case exemption for the person under § 585.110 by that date. If the savings and loan holding company or the person files such an application, the temporary exemption expires on:

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Dated: December 21, 2010.

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By the Office of Thrift Supervision.

John E. Bowman,

Acting Director.

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Footnotes

1.  This temporary exemption originally was initially scheduled to expire on September 5, 2007. OTS has extended the expiration date several times, most recently to September 30, 2010 (74 FR 14457).

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2.  72 FR at 25953.

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3.  72 FR at 25953-54.

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4.  72 FR at 25954.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32637 Filed 12-27-10; 8:45 am]

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