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[Federal Register: April 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 74)]
[Notices]              
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

 
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection;
Comment Request

AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury;
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); and Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

ACTION: Joint notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the OCC, the Board, and the FDIC
(the ``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is
not required to respond to, an information collection unless it
displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) control number. On August 17, 2004, the agencies requested public
comment for 60 days on proposed revisions to the Country Exposure
Report (FFIEC 009) and the Country Exposure Information Report (FFIEC
009a) (August proposal), which are currently approved information
collections. After considering the comments received, the Federal
Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), of which the
agencies are members, has modified the August proposal and is
requesting public comment on the modified set of proposed revisions.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to
any or all of the agencies. All comments, which should refer to the OMB
control number, will be shared among the agencies.
    OCC: Comments should be sent to the Public Information Room, Office
of the Comptroller of the Currency, Mailstop 1-5, Attention: 1557-0100,
250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. Due to delays in the OCC's
mail service since September 11, 2001, commenters are encouraged to
submit comments by fax or e-mail. Comments may be sent by fax to (202)
874-4448, or by e-mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. You can inspect
and photocopy the comments at the OCC's Public Information Room, 250 E
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. You can make an appointment to
inspect the comments by calling (202) 874-5043.
    Board: You may submit comments, identified by FFIEC 009, by any of
the following methods:
     Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include docket
number in the subject line of the message.
     FAX: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at
http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as

submitted, except as necessary for technical reasons. Accordingly, your
comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact
information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in
paper in Room MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C
Streets, NW.,) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
    FDIC: Written comments should identify ``Information Collection
3064-0017, FFIEC 009'' as the subject and be submitted by any of the
following methods:
     Agency Web site: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html
.

     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: Comments@FDIC.gov.
     Mail: Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary, Attention:
Comments, FDIC, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Guard station at the rear of the
550 17th Street Building (located on F Street) on business days between
7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Comments may be inspected and photocopied in the FDIC Public
Information Center, Room 100, 801 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC,
between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on business days.
    A copy of the comments may also be submitted to the OMB desk
officer for the agencies: Mark Menchik, Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive
Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or electronic mail to
MMenchik@omb.eop.gov
.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information or a copy of
the collection may be requested from:
    OCC: Mary Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officer, or Camille Dixon, (202)
874-5090, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219.
    Board: Michelle Long, Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer,
(202) 452-3829, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC
20551. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may call
(202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th
and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551.
    FDIC: Leneta G. Gregorie, Counsel, (202) 898-3719, Legal Division,
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20429.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Proposal to revise the following currently approved collections of
information:
    Report Title: Country Exposure Report and Country Exposure
Information Report.
    Form Number: FFIEC 009 and FFIEC 009a.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Affected Public: Business or other for profit.
    OCC:
    OMB Number: 1557-0100.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 21 (FFIEC 009), 21 (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 70 burden hours (FFIEC 009),
5.25 burden hours (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 5,880 burden hours (FFIEC 009), 441
burden hours (FFIEC 009a).
    Board:
    OMB Number: 7100-0035.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 31 (FFIEC 009), 16 (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 70 burden hours (FFIEC 009),
5.25 burden hours (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 8,680 burden hours (FFIEC 009), 336
burden hours (FFIEC 009a).
    FDIC:
    OMB Number: 3064-0017.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 22 (FFIEC 009), 22 (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 70 burden hours (FFIEC 009),
5.25 burden hours (FFIEC 009a).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 6,160 burden hours (FFIEC 009), 462
burden hours (FFIEC 009a).

General Description of Reports

    These information collections are mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 161 and 1817
(national banks), 12 U.S.C. 248(a), 1844(c), and 3906 (state member
banks and bank holding companies); and 12 U.S.C. 1817 and 1820 (insured
state nonmember banks). The FFIEC 009 data are given confidential
treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and (b)(8)). The FFIEC 009a data are not
given confidential treatment.

Abstract

    The Country Exposure Report (FFIEC 009) is filed quarterly with the
agencies and provides information on international claims of U.S. banks
and bank holding companies that is used for supervisory and analytical
purposes. The information is used to monitor country exposure of banks
to determine the degree of risk in their portfolios and the possible
impact on U.S. banks of adverse developments in particular countries.
The Country Exposure Information Report (FFIEC 009a) is a supplement to
the FFIEC 009 and provides publicly available information on material
foreign country exposures

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(all exposures to a country in excess of 1 percent of total assets or
20 percent of capital, whichever is less) of U.S. banks and bank
holding companies that file the FFIEC 009 report. As part of the
Country Exposure Information Report, reporting institutions must also
furnish a list of countries in which they have lending exposures above
0.75 percent of total assets or 15 percent of total capital, whichever
is less.

Current Action

    On August 17, 2004, the OCC, the Board, and the FDIC jointly
published a notice soliciting comments for 60 days on proposed
revisions to the FFIEC 009 and FFIEC 009a (69 FR 51145). The agencies
proposed to revise the FFIEC 009 to harmonize U.S. data with data on
cross-border exposures collected by other countries and disseminated by
the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) as their ``consolidated
banking statistics.'' The proposed revisions included the collection of
additional detail on foreign-office claims of U.S. banks on local
residents, including sector breakdowns and a currency split; a split
between commitments and guarantees plus credit derivatives; and trade
finance after adjustments for collateral and guarantees. Under the
August proposal, the definition of public (i.e., government) sector was
to be brought into agreement with the definition used in the
Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) (FFIEC 031
and 041) filed by banks. No changes to the FFIEC 009a were proposed,
although the change in the definition of public sector in the FFIEC 009
called for a change in the amounts reported in columns 6 and 7 of the
FFIEC 009a by corresponding amounts. The FFIEC 009a instructions were
to be changed, however, to reflect column changes on the FFIEC 009. In
addition, comments were requested on the way claims are adjusted for
collateral and guarantees and on the reporting of the potential future
exposure of derivative contracts.
    In response to the August 17, 2004, notice, the agencies received
two substantively similar comment letters from a banking trade
association and a bank holding company. To clarify the comments
received, the agencies met with the commenters and a few large
financial institution members of the trade association. The FFIEC and
the agencies have considered the comments received from the commenters
and during the meeting with the financial institutions. Due to the
substantive nature of the comments and subsequent revisions to the
proposal, the FFIEC and the agencies have decided to request public
comment again. The agencies propose to implement changes to the FFIEC
009 effective with the September 30, 2005, report date, as discussed
below.

Detailed Discussion of the Comments and Modifications to the August
Proposal

Foreign-Office Claims on Local Residents Denominated in a Non-Local
Currency

    The commenters suggested removing foreign-office claims on local
residents that are denominated in a non-local currency from columns 1-
3, and placing this information in a separate column. (This would make
columns 1-3 exclusively cross-border claims.) They were concerned that
combining a portion of foreign-office claims on local residents with
cross-border claims might mislead data users. In general, the agencies
concurred with this suggestion and agreed to add three additional
columns to collect, by sector, foreign-office claims on local residents
in a non-local currency (rather than adding only one column to collect
total foreign-office claims on local residents in a non-local
currency). This revision would help prevent misinterpretation of the
data while maintaining compliance with the BIS Guidelines for their
consolidated banking statistics. During the meeting with commenters and
financial institutions, the majority of institutions stated that they
currently have this information in their systems and all institutions
felt that the burden of having three extra columns, rather than just
one extra column, would be small.

Foreign-Office Commitments to and Guarantees on Foreign Residents

    The commenters disagreed with including commitments to and
guarantees on local residents made by foreign offices with cross-border
commitments and guarantees (proposed columns 17 and 18). They suggested
that the agencies should collect only cross-border commitments to and
guarantees on foreign residents. The agencies declined to take this
suggestion. By collecting both cross-border and foreign office
commitments and guarantees, the FFIEC 009 reporting form would be in
compliance with the BIS Guidelines for ultimate risk data and the data
would provide more comprehensive information about commitments and
guarantees than is currently collected on the reporting form. Moreover,
the burden associated with proposed columns 17 and 18 would be small.
The agencies did agree that when publishing the aggregate data, they
will make clear that these columns include both cross-border and
foreign-office business.
    One commenter suggested combining commitments and guarantees, or at
least redefining ``commitments'' as ``commitments plus guarantees,
excluding credit derivatives,'' and redefining ``guarantees'' as
``protection sold via credit derivatives'' (proposed columns 17 and
18). The agencies declined to take this suggestion in order to achieve
compliance with the BIS Guidelines and to keep information about
commitments and guarantees separate. However, the agencies agreed to
clarify the distinction between commitments and guarantees in the
instructions for the FFIEC 009.

Sector Reporting

    The commenters stated that decreasing the sector splits for inward
and outward risk transfers from three columns on the current reporting
form (banks, public, and other; columns 8-10 and 11-13) to two columns
(banks and non-banks; proposed columns 6-7 and 8-9) would increase
burden. Although reporters would still have to maintain all the
underlying data, the revision would increase programming costs and
could be confusing for the respondents. Therefore, the commenters
suggested removing the collection of data on inward and outward risk
transfers (columns 6-9) and, in its place, calculating net (rather than
gross) risk transfers. The agencies agreed to revise the proposal to
collect three sector breaks for inward and outward risk transfers, as
in the current reporting form. This would leave U.S. data in line with
the BIS Guidelines, provide additional useful information, and reduce
burden in comparison to the original proposal.
    One commenter stated that sector splits for foreign office claims
on local residents that are denominated in local currency (a component
of proposed columns 13-15) are not relevant for country risk. The
agencies declined to take this suggestion to ensure that the FFIEC 009
will be consistent with the BIS Guidelines for ultimate risk data.
Moreover, this definition is consistent with the fairly broad
definition of country risk that banking supervisors now use.

Resale Agreements

    The commenters suggested revising the instructions regarding risk
redistributions for resale agreements. The agencies concurred with this
comment and agreed to change the instructions to allocate resale
agreements on an ultimate risk basis

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according to the country of the ultimate counterparty (i.e., to the
country of the parent bank in the case of a bank branch counterparty
and to the country of any other entity providing an explicit guarantee
on the transaction) without regard to the country of the collateral.
This change would reduce burden and be more consistent with the
internal risk practices of many, if not most, internationally active
institutions.

Repayment Structures

    The commenters suggested, and the agencies concurred with, changing
the risk redistributions with regard to the treatment of repayment
structures. The agencies agreed to note in the instructions that
reporters can contact their supervisory agency to discuss whether
individual structures qualify for redistribution in columns 6 through
9.

Collection of Data on Foreign-Office Liabilities by Country of
Creditor's Residence

    The commenters strongly supported the addition of a column to
collect foreign-office liabilities by country of residence of the
creditor, facilitating a reduction in the number of submissions of the
Quarterly Report of Assets and Liabilities of Large Foreign Offices of
U.S. Banks (FR 2502q) to the Federal Reserve. The agencies agreed to
add the column; the collection of this data would not begin until the
reduction in reporting is implemented on the FR 2502q and would be
required only from institutions that otherwise would have had to file
the FR 2502q. The commenters also suggested possibly further revising
the FFIEC 009 (i.e., by incorporating offshore financial centers) to
allow the elimination of the FR 2502q. The agencies are currently
investigating this possibility.

Potential Future Credit Exposures of Derivative Contracts

    The commenters suggested leaving unchanged the reporting of
derivatives on the FFIEC 009 reporting form because it is all on an
ultimate risk basis (i.e., use a current mark-to-market calculation
after application of Financial Accounting Standards Board
Interpretation No. 39 and do not collect potential future exposures
(PFEs) of derivative contracts). The agencies decided, however, to add
a column to Schedule 2 to collect the total credit equivalent amount,
following the U.S. risk-based capital standards, for all foreign
exchange and derivative contracts by country of ultimate counterparty.
Banks compute the credit equivalent amounts for risk-based capital
purposes, and these data are deemed to be a better measure of
counterparty exposure arising from derivative contracts than market
value alone.

Reporting Burden

    The commenters stated that reporting burden is actually higher than
the agencies' current estimate of an average of 30 hours. One commenter
estimated reporting burden of 60 to 1,000 hours. Most of the reporting
burden comes from compiling the underlying data. Banks with a large
number of foreign offices, each of which needs to compile and validate
its data before sending these data to the parent, have significantly
higher burden. One of the most burdensome tasks is reallocating risk to
determine ultimate-risk claims. Given the same amount of underlying
data, changes in the actual number of cells they report on a form
changes burden relatively little. The agencies agreed to increase the
estimated response time for the FFIEC 009 to an average of 70 hours.
This average takes into consideration smaller institutions with only
one foreign office and more complex institutions with many foreign
offices.

Delay Implementation

    The commenters suggested delaying the implementation of the FFIEC
009 revisions until September 2005 or later and not before other
participating countries implement corresponding changes to their
collections of data on banks' cross-border exposures. The agencies
agreed to delay the implementation of the revisions until September
2005. At that time, the United States will be the last G-10 country to
implement the enhancements to the BIS consolidated banking statistics.

Extend Filing Period

    During the meeting with commenters and financial institutions, it
was suggested that the agencies allow a 60-day filing period for the
first few quarters that the banks file the revised reporting form. The
agencies agreed to extend the filing period to 60 days for the initial
revised report in September 2005.

Delete Some Memoranda Items

    During the meeting with commenters and financial institutions, it
was suggested that the agencies consider deleting one or more memoranda
items. Since the information reported in each memorandum item is
considered very useful, the agencies decided to retain all memoranda
items. In addition, to improve the usefulness of these items, the
definition of trade financing will be revised.

Request for Comment

    Comments are invited on:
    a. Whether the information collections are necessary for the proper
performance of the agencies' functions, including whether the
information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the agencies' estimates of the burden of the
information collections, including the validity of the methodology and
assumptions used;
    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected;
    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collections on
respondents, including through the use of automated collection
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation,
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be shared among
the agencies. All comments will become a matter of public record.
Written comments should address the accuracy of the burden estimates
and ways to minimize burden including the use of automated collection
techniques or the use of other forms of information technology as well
as other relevant aspects of the information collection request.

    Dated: April 12, 2005.
Stuart Feldstein,
Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division,
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 13,
2005.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.

    Dated in Washington, DC, this 12th day of April, 2005.

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-7762 Filed 4-18-05; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4810-33-P
 

Last Updated 03/11/2005 Regs@fdic.gov