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[Federal Register: May 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 95)]
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FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION
12 CFR Part 343
RIN 3064-AC04
 
Insured State Nonmember Banks Which are Municipal Securities 
Dealers
AGENCY: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
ACTION: Proposed rescission of rule.
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SUMMARY: As part of the FDIC's systematic review of its regulations and 
written policies under section 303(a) of the Riegle Community 
Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (CDRI), the FDIC is 
proposing to rescind its regulation that requires insured state 
nonmember banks which are municipal securities dealers to file with the 
FDIC certain information about those persons who are or seek to be 
associated with these dealers as municipal securities principals or 
municipal securities representatives. The FDIC has determined for a 
number of reasons, including the fact that much of the same information 
is available in the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's (MSRB) 
regulation G-7, ``Information Concerning Associated Persons'', and that 
the FDIC is not required by law to issue its own regulations governing 
the professional qualification of these associated persons, to propose 
rescission of the regulation because it is unnecessary and duplicative.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 15, 1997.
ADDRESSES: Written comments are to be addressed to the Office of the 
Executive Secretary, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429. Comments may be hand-delivered to 
Room F-402, 1776 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429, on business days 
between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (FAX number: (202) 898-3838; internet 
address: comments@FDIC.gov). Comments will be available for inspection 
in the FDIC Public Information Center, Room 100, 801 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol A. Mesheske, Chief, Special 
Activities Section, (202) 898-6750, Division of Supervision; or Karen 
L. Main, Senior Attorney, (202) 898-8838, Legal Division, Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC 20429.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
    The FDIC adopted part 343 as a final rule on August 8, 1977. 42 FR 
40891 (August 12, 1977), and it became effective on October 31, 1977. 
42 FR 46275 (September 15, 1977). Part 343 requires insured state 
nonmember banks and certain of their subsidiaries, departments and 
divisions, as specified in section 3(a)(34)(A)(iii) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) (Act), which are municipal 
securities dealers, as defined in section 3(a)(30) of the Act, to file 
with the FDIC information about persons who are associated with them as 
municipal securities principals or municipal securities 
representatives.
    The Securities Acts Amendments of 1975 (Pub. L. 95-29) amended the 
Act to provide for the creation of the MSRB and delegated 
responsibility to it to formulate rules regulating the activities of 
municipal securities dealers. However, the Act distributes authority to 
enforce MSRB rules among the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 
the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal 
Reserve Board (FRB) and the FDIC. As specified in section 
3(a)(34)(A)(iii) of the Act, the FDIC is authorized to enforce 
compliance with MSRB rules by an insured state nonmember bank, a 
subsidiary or a department or a division thereof, which is a municipal 
securities dealer (hereinafter referred to as a ``state nonmember bank 
municipal securities dealer'').
    One of the areas in which the Act directs the MSRB to promulgate 
rules is the qualification of persons associated with municipal 
securities dealers as municipal securities principals and municipal 
securities representatives as those positions are defined in MSRB Rule 
G-3. Paragraph (b) of MSRB Rule G-7 requires persons who are or seek to 
be associated with municipal securities dealers as municipal securities 
principals or municipal securities representatives to provide certain 
background information and conversely, requires the municipal 
securities dealers to obtain the information from such persons. 
Generally, the information required to be disclosed relates to 
employment history and professional background including any 
disciplinary sanctions and any claimed bases for exemption from MSRB 
examination requirements. Paragraph (b) of MSRB Rule G-7 provides that 
a ``completed Form U-4 or similar form prescribed * * * in the case of 
a bank dealer, by the appropriate regulatory agency, containing the 
foregoing information, shall satisfy the requirements of this 
paragraph.'' The FDIC has developed, in conjunction with the OCC and 
the FRB (collectively, the Banking Agencies), Form MSD-4 to satisfy the 
requirements of paragraph (b) of the MSRB's Rule G-7.
    Under paragraph (c) of MSRB Rule
G-7, a person who is or seeks to be associated with a municipal 
securities dealer is required to furnish the dealer with a statement 
correcting information furnished under paragraph (b) of MSRB Rule G-7 
to the extent that such information becomes materially inaccurate or 
incomplete. To maintain the accuracy of the information which is filed 
on Form MSD-4, the FDIC requires state nonmember bank municipal 
securities dealers to file with the FDIC copies of statements such 
dealers receive pursuant to paragraph (c) of MSRB Rule G-7 and Form 
MSD-5s for municipal securities principals and municipal securities 
representatives whose association with such dealers terminates. Form 
MSD-5 is a notification by a municipal securities dealer that a 
municipal securities principal's or a municipal securities 
representative's association with the dealer has terminated and the 
reasons for such termination. The informational requirements discussed 
above, as set forth in part 343, track very closely the corresponding 
requirements described in MSRB Rule G-7, paragraphs (b) and (c).
    There are also record retention requirements contained in 
paragraphs (e) and (f) of the MSRB's Rule G-7. The FDIC has imposed a 
virtually identical requirement on state nonmember bank
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municipal securities dealers in section 343.3(d).
    Paragraph (g) of the MSRB's Rule
G-7 requires every bank municipal securities dealer to file with the 
appropriate regulatory agency for such bank dealer ``such of the 
information prescribed by this rule as such * * * agency * * * shall by 
rule or regulation require''. The FDIC requires that each such state 
nonmember municipal securities dealer file Form MSD-4s, the statements 
described in paragraph (c) of MSRB Rule G-7 and Form MSD-5s with the 
FDIC for each person associated with the dealer as a municipal 
securities principal or municipal securities representative. The filing 
of Form MSD-4s, MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and Form MSD-5s with the 
FDIC constitute ``reports'', ``applications'' or ``documents'' within 
the meaning of section 32(a) of the Act and constitute filings with the 
SEC for purposes of section 17(c)(1) of the Act. Section 17(c)(1) of 
the Act requires every municipal securities dealer which files an 
application, notice, report or document with the FDIC to file a copy of 
such application, notice, report or document with the SEC.
    The FDIC's part 343 is identical in all significant respects to the 
comparable regulations adopted by the FRB (Sec. 208.8j) and the OCC 
(part 10). The Banking Agencies also cooperated in drafting the forms. 
Part 343 has not been amended by the FDIC in any significant manner 
since its adoption in August 1977.
II. Basis for Rescission
A. Implementing Regulations Are Not Required by the Act
    Section 23(a)(1) of the Act states that the FDIC shall have power 
``to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary or appropriate 
to implement the provisions of this title for which (it is) 
responsible''. (Emphasis supplied.) Therefore, although section 
15B(b)(2)(A) requires the MSRB to promulgate regulations addressing the 
qualification of persons who are or seek to be associated with bank 
municipal securities dealers, there is no corresponding statutory 
requirement imposed upon the Banking Agencies, including the FDIC. The 
FDIC may exercise its discretion to determine whether it is necessary 
or appropriate to adopt regulations such as part 343 or, in this case, 
to decide that such a regulation is no longer necessary or appropriate. 
The FDIC has determined that part 343 is no longer necessary to ensure 
that the requisite qualification information is provided to the state 
nonmember bank municipal securities dealers by persons who are or seek 
to be associated with the subject bank municipal securities dealers, 
and therefore, is proposing to rescind part 343 for the reasons 
discussed herein.
B. MSRB's Rule G-7 Requires the Provision of Much of the Same 
Information as Section 343.3
    As described in Section I. Background, paragraph (b) of the MSRB's 
Rule G-7 requires bank municipal securities dealers to obtain certain 
information from persons who are or seek to be associated with them as 
municipal securities principals or municipal securities 
representatives. The MSRB's Rule G-7 provides that a form prescribed by 
the appropriate regulatory agency, containing the information set forth 
in paragraph (b), will satisfy the requirements of that paragraph. The 
FDIC, in cooperation with the other Banking Agencies, has created Form 
MSD-4s and Form MSD-5s to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (b) of 
MSRB Rule G-7. Although the FDIC proposes to rescind part 343, the Form 
MSD-4s and MSD-5s will continue to be provided to state nonmember bank 
municipal securities dealers to satisfy the requirements of the MSRB 
Rule G-7, paragraph (b) by the FDIC. The forms have detailed 
instructions and provide guidance regarding their completion and filing 
information. Additionally, the statements mandated in Sec. 343.3 to 
correct information which has been previously submitted on a Form MSD-4 
are required by MSRB Rule G-7, paragraph (c). Therefore, there is no 
need to retain this redundant regulatory requirement. Moreover, a 
separate recordkeeping requirement in Sec. 343.3(d) is unnecessary 
because substantially similar requirements are found in MSRB Rule G-7, 
paragraphs (e) and (f).
C. Rescission Promotes the Long-Term Goal of Adopting the NASD's Form U 
and Consolidating Data Bases at the NASD
    The FDIC announced in the preamble to the proposed part 343 when it 
was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 1977 (42 FR 16823) 
that the Banking Agencies were planning to forward the Form MSD-4s, the 
MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and the Form MSD-5s that they would receive 
to the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) for computer 
processing. The NASD has maintained data for many years on personnel in 
the securities industry similar to the information disclosed about 
municipal securities principals and municipal securities 
representatives. It was expected that disciplinary and qualification 
data disclosed on Form MSD-4s, MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and Form 
MSD-5s would be interfaced with the securities personnel data bank 
already maintained by the NASD. Although this integration of the two 
data bases has not yet been realized, the Banking Agencies' working 
group has again recognized this objective as a long-term goal and are 
working to achieve this data base integration. One of the first steps 
is the adoption of the NASD's Form U-4 to replace the Form MSD-4s and 
Form MSD-5s which the Banking Agencies currently provide to their 
respective constituent bank municipal securities dealers. This is an 
objective that the Banking Agencies' working group is continuing to 
pursue. Representatives, whether associated with a securities broker or 
dealer or a bank municipal securities dealer, are subject to the same 
general MSRB qualification requirements. Developing a more nearly 
uniform process for all municipal securities associated persons would 
reduce overall regulatory costs by eliminating the use of duplicative 
forms for individuals with dual registrations (e.g., for dual employees 
in bank municipal securities dealers and non-bank municipal securities 
dealers) and by promoting industry-wide qualification standards.
    Moreover, the state nonmember bank municipal securities dealers 
must already be knowledgeable of and familiar with the SEC's, the 
MSRB's and the NASD's rules and regulations in order to comply with the 
bank municipal securities dealer registration requirements (section 
15B(a) of the Act) and other requirements imposed upon bank and non-
bank participants in the municipal securities market. The Banking 
Agencies' long-term goal is to have all participants in the municipal 
securities markets register and file required forms and information 
with the NASD; therefore, the FDIC believes that it is no longer 
necessary to maintain a separate regulation which governs a small 
segment of the municipal securities market participants (persons who 
are or seek to be associated with bank municipal securities dealers) 
when the informational requirements and recordkeeping requirements are 
already provided in the MSRB's Rule G-7. The state nonmember bank 
municipal securities dealers are generally familiar with Rule G-7, and 
look to the MSRB, the NASD and the SEC for the information filing, 
recordkeeping and other regulatory requirements in the municipal 
securities area.
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D. The Number of Covered Entities is Declining
    The FDIC has jurisdiction over the state nonmember bank municipal 
securities dealers. The FDIC has noted a steady decline in the number 
of state nonmember bank municipal securities dealers over the last 
several years. As a result of consolidation in the industry as well as 
the inactivity of some banks previously registered as bank municipal 
securities dealers (who are then requested to de-register), the number 
of state nonmember bank municipal securities dealers has declined to 
approximately 28. In the interests of efficiency and reducing 
duplicative regulatory requirements for this small number of covered 
entities, the FDIC would propose to rescind its part 343 and to have 
the covered bank municipal securities dealers rely upon the MSRB's Rule 
G-7. As discussed hereinabove, the informational requirements and 
recordkeeping requirements of Sec. 343.3 of the FDIC's regulations are 
also found in the MSRB's Rule G-7, paragraphs (b), (c), (e) and (f).
    However, the filing requirement found in paragraph (g) of Rule G-7 
is dependent upon the FDIC's having a filing requirement in place. If 
the proposed rescission of part 343 is effected, then the requirement 
to file the Form MSD-4s, the MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and the Form 
MSD-5s with the FDIC, as the ``appropriate regulatory agency'', will no 
longer exist. The corresponding filing requirement in section 17(c)(1) 
of the Act will also be eliminated. Section 17(c)(1) states that, 
``(e)very * * * municipal securities dealer for which the (SEC) is not 
the appropriate regulatory agency shall * * * file with the (SEC) a 
copy of any application, notice, proposal, report, or document filed 
with such appropriate regulatory agency by reason of its being a * * * 
municipal securities dealer. The elimination of the filing requirement 
vis-a-vis the FDIC will, therefore, no longer trigger the corresponding 
filing of these forms with the SEC. The filing of these forms with the 
FDIC are for informational purposes only, the number of covered 
entities is very small and it is expected that in the future these 
informational filings will be provided to the NASD to be added to a 
master data base. Therefore, the FDIC believes that the deletion of 
this regulatory requirement will not have adverse consequences.
    The forms are still required to be completed and maintained by the 
individual state nonmember bank municipal securities dealers and are 
reviewed by the FDIC during the regular examination process. The 
instructions to the forms provide the name and address of the 
appropriate regulatory agency, and direct the bank municipal securities 
dealer to file the requisite information with the appropriate 
regulatory agency. It is expected that covered entities will continue 
to forward the completed forms and statements to the FDIC.
E. Rescission Furthers the Goals of the CDRI Initiative
    The FDIC is conducting a systematic review of its regulations and 
written policies. Section 303(a) of the CDRI (12 U.S.C. 4803(a)) 
requires the Banking Agencies each to streamline and modify its 
regulations and written policies in order to improve efficiency, reduce 
unnecessary costs and eliminate unwarranted constraints on credit 
availability. Section 303(a) also requires each of the Banking Agencies 
to remove inconsistencies and outmoded and duplicative requirements 
from its regulations and written policies. As part of this review, and 
in consultation with the OCC and the FRB, the FDIC has determined that 
part 343 is duplicative of many of the requirements of the MSRB's Rule 
G-7 and that certain efficiencies will be realized by having its state 
nonmember bank municipal securities dealers rely upon the MSRB's Rule 
G-7 rather than refer to and comply with part 343. The FDIC's written 
policies and regulations would be streamlined by its elimination.
    Section 303(a)(2) of the CDRI requires the FDIC ``to work jointly 
with the other federal banking agencies to make uniform all regulations 
* * * implementing common statutory or supervisory policies.'' The FDIC 
and the FRB both intend to rescind their respective regulations 
governing the qualification requirements of the persons who are or 
seeking to be associated with the bank municipal securities dealers; 
part 343 and Sec. 208.8(j), respectively. However, the OCC intends to 
retain its comparable regulation, part 10, but to add a cross-reference 
to the MSRB's rules. Therefore, the Banking Agencies have succeeded in 
moving toward the objective stated in section 303(a)(2) of the CDRI as 
well as accomplishing the overall goal of eliminating duplicative and 
unnecessary regulations.
III. Request for Public Comment
    The FDIC is hereby requesting comment during a 60-day comment 
period on all aspects of this proposed rescission of part 343. As 
discussed above, the rescission of part 343 will eliminate the 
regulatory requirement that state nonmember bank municipal securities 
dealers file the Form MSD-4s, the MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and the 
Form MSD-5s with the FDIC. Thus, comment is sought on whether the 
rescission of this filing requirement would create a regulatory gap 
that would have harmful effects on banking. Additionally, some have 
voiced concern that the state nonmember bank municipal securities 
dealers are accustomed to referring to the FDIC's part 343 for guidance 
in the municipal securities area for these informational filing and 
recordkeeping requirements. Will the elimination of part 343 actually 
result in imposing a hardship on the covered entities by deleting a 
handy reference source for them?
IV. Paperwork Reduction Act
    The collection of information requirements (embodied in the Form 
MSD-4, the MSRB Rule G-7(c) statements and the Form MSD-5) contained in 
part 343 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). The 
proposed rescission of part 343 would not, however, alter the 
requirement under the MSRB's Rule
G-7 that bank municipal securities dealers collect the prescribed 
information from the persons who are or seek to be associated with them 
as municipal securities principals or municipal securities 
representatives.
V. 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 providing the 
factual basis for such certification in the Federal Register along with 
the proposed rule.
    The FDIC estimates that, currently, there are 28 state nonmember 
bank municipal securities dealers under its jurisdiction, none of which 
are under $100 million in assets. The proposed rescission of part 343 
would result in the elimination of duplicative and unnecessary 
informational requirements found in the FDIC's regulation, and allow 
the covered entities to refer to the MSRB's Rule G-7 requirements 
instead. The proposed rescission would have the effect of reducing 
costs and burden for the state nonmember bank municipal securities 
dealers. Thus, the FDIC Board
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of Directors (Board) hereby certifies that the proposed rescission 
would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities 1 within the meaning of the RFA. Therefore, 
the provisions of the RFA regarding an initial and final regulatory 
flexibility analysis (Id. at 603 and 604) do not apply here.
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    \1\ The definition of ``small business entity'' derives from the 
definition of a ``small business concern.'' Part 121 of the Small 
Business Administration's rules and regulations (13 CFR part 121) 
provides that any national bank or commercial bank, savings 
association, or credit union with assets of $100 million or less 
qualifies as a small business concern.
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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 343
    Banks, banking, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Securities.
    The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
hereby proposes to remove part 343 of title 12 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations.
PART 343--[REMOVED AND RESERVED]
    1. Part 343 is removed and reserved.
    Dated at Washington, DC this 29th day of April, 1997.
    By order of the Board of Directors.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Deputy Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-12807 Filed 5-15-97; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6714-01-P

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