OCC BULLETIN 2015-32
Date: July 17, 2015
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations, Federal Branches and Agencies, and Other Interested Parties
Description: Notice of EGRPRA Outreach Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (collectively, the agencies) will hold the fourth in a series of outreach meetings as part of the interagency effort to reduce regulatory burden as required by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA). This outreach meeting provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on regulatory burden reduction directly to the agencies’ staff members and senior management. This outreach meeting in Kansas City will focus specifically on rural banking issues. The agencies will hold additional outreach meetings in 2015.
Section 2222 of the EGRPRA requires the agencies, along with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, to review their regulations at least every 10 years to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on insured depository institutions. As required by the EGRPRA, the agencies have divided their regulations into 12 categories. The agencies published in the Federal Register the first set of categories of regulations for comment on June 4, 2014, the second set of categories of regulations for comment on February 13, 2015, and the third set of categories of regulations for comment on June 5, 2015. Over the next nine months, the agencies will publish jointly one additional notice soliciting public comments on the remaining categories of regulations.
As part of this EGRPRA review, the agencies are holding a series of outreach meetings at which interested parties are invited to comment on any of the 12 categories of regulations. The first outreach meeting was held December 2, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif., the second was held February 4, 2015, in Dallas, Texas, and the third was held May 4, 2015, in Boston, Mass.
The outreach meetings consist of panel presentations by industry participants and consumer and community groups. Audience members also have an opportunity to offer comments after each panel on the topics discussed by that panel. In addition, at the end of each meeting, audience members may present views on any of the regulations under review. The agencies reserve the right to limit the time of individual commenters, if needed, to accommodate all the people wishing to speak. The agencies request that comments be general in nature (not specific to any insured depository institution). Comments made by audience members will be included in the public comment file.
Audience members who do not wish to comment orally may submit written comments at the meetings. In addition, any interested individual may submit comments through the EGRPRA Web site during open comment periods.
Please contact Heidi M. Thomas, Special Counsel, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, at (202) 649-5490.
Amy S. Friend