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[Federal Register: October 25, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 206)]
[Rules and Regulations]              
[Page 60546-60547]
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FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

12 CFR Part 344

RIN 3064-AD20

Extension of Time Period for Quarterly Reporting of Bank
Officers' and Certain Employees' Personal Securities Transactions

AGENCY: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (``FDIC'').

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FDIC is amending its regulation governing personal
securities trading reporting to extend the time period from 10-business
to 30-calendar days after the end of the calendar quarter that officers
and all employees of state nonmember banks who make or participate in
investment decisions for the accounts of customers have to report their
personal securities transactions.

DATES: This final rule will become effective on: November 26, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony J. DiMilo, Trust Examination
Specialist, (202) 898-7496, in the Division of Supervision and Consumer
Protection; Julia E. Paris, Senior Attorney, (202) 898-3821, in the
Legal Division.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 344.9(a)(3) of Part 344 of the FDIC's recordkeeping and
confirmation requirements for effecting securities transactions
requires all bank officers of state nonmember banks and all employees
who, in connection with their duties, make or participate in investment
decisions for the accounts of customers (``certain employees'') to
report to the bank all securities transactions made by them or on their
behalf in which they have a beneficial interest within 10-business days
after the end of the calendar quarter.\1\ At the time it was adopted,
this provision, among others, reflected the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission's (``SEC'') recommendations contained in the Final
Report of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Bank Securities
Activities (June 30, 1977) and generally was patterned after SEC
regulations.\2\ Specifically, section 344.9(a)(3) was intended to be
comparable to the SEC's Rule 17j-1 of the Investment Company Act of
1940, which required ``access persons'' to report personal securities
transactions quarterly and originally mandated a 10-business day period
for reporting.\3\
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    \1\ 12 CFR 344.9(a)(3).
    \2\ 44 FR 43260, 43263 (July 24, 1979); see 45 FR 73898 (Nov. 7,
1980) (SEC final rule 17j-1 adopting investment advisor code of
ethics and disclosure requirements for ``access persons,'' as
defined by 17 CFR 270.17-j-1(a)(1)).
    \3\ See 17 CFR 270.17j-1(c)(2) (1998); 45 FR 73898 (Nov. 7,
1980).
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    The SEC, in July 2004, amended Rule 17j-1 to extend the reporting
time period to 30-calendar days after the end of the calendar
quarter.\4\ The effective date of the SEC's amendments to Rule 17j-1
was August 31, 2004, with a compliance date of January 7, 2005.
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    \4\ 69 FR 41696 (July 9, 2004).
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II. Summary of Proposed Rule

    On June 27, 2007, the FDIC published for comment a Notice of
Proposed

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Rulemaking to amend section 344.9(a)(3) to extend the time period for
reporting quarterly personal securities transactions to 30-calendar
days after the end of the calendar quarter.\5\ The comment period was
60 days, and expired on August 27, 2007. The FDIC received one comment
on this proposal. The commenter supported the proposed amendment and
agreed that the purpose of extending the reporting deadline was to
align the FDIC's requirements with the SEC's, and to promote practical
and uniform recordkeeping requirements.
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    \5\ 72 FR 35204 (June 27, 2007).
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III. Final Rule

    As explained above, the FDIC received one industry comment on its
proposal to extend the personal securities transactions reporting
requirement to 30-calendar days after the end of the calendar quarter,
which comment endorsed the FDIC's reasoning for its proposal.
Accordingly, the FDIC is adopting the rule as proposed with no
revisions.

IV. Regulatory Analysis and Procedure

A. Plain Language

    Section 722 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (12 U.S.C. 4809) requires
the FDIC to use ``plain language'' in all proposed and final rules
published after January 1, 2000. The proposed rule requested comments
on how the rule might be changed to reflect the requirements of GLBA.
No comments were received.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Under section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (``RFA'') (5
U.S.C. 605(b)) the regulatory flexibility analysis otherwise required
under section 603 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 603) is not required if the head
of the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and the
agency publishes such certification and a statement explaining the
factual basis for such a certification in the Federal Register along
with its rule.
    Pursuant to section 605(b) of the RFA, the FDIC certifies that this
final rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number
of small entities. The FDIC does not expect that this rule will create
any additional burden on small entities. In effect, the rule extends to
30-calendar days the reporting period within which officers and certain
employees of state nonmember banks have to report their personal
securities transactions and gives these individuals more latitude to
report their quarterly securities transactions. Accordingly, a
regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The recordkeeping and reporting requirements for securities
transactions in Part 344 constitute a collection of information as
defined by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collection has
been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control
number 3064-0028. The reporting requirements and burden associated with
that collection would not be affected by this rule.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 344

    Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 12, chapter III, part
344, is amended as follows:

PART 344--RECORDKEEPING AND CONFIRMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR
SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS

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1. The authority citation for Part 344 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1817, 1818, and 1819.

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2. In Sec.  344.9, paragraph (a)(3) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  344.9  Personal securities trading reporting by bank officers and
employees.

    (a) * * *
    (3) In connection with their duties, obtain information concerning
which securities are being purchased or sold or recommend such action,
must report to the bank, within 30-calendar days after the end of the
calendar quarter, all transactions in securities made by them or on
their behalf, either at the bank or elsewhere in which they have a
beneficial interest. The report shall identify the securities purchased
or sold and indicate the dates of the transactions and whether the
transactions were purchases or sales.
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    By Order of the Board of Directors.

    Dated at Washington, DC, the 16th day of October, 2007.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-20998 Filed 10-24-07; 8:45 am]

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