SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC"), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ("Board"), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") are issuing this guidance to provide clarity regarding the effective date of section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act") /1/ with respect to entities for which each is the prudential regulator.
/1/ Section 716 of Public Law 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376; 15 U.S.C. 8305. END FOOTNOTE
DATES: May 10, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
OCC: Ellen Broadman, Director, Securities and Corporate Practices Division (202) 874-5210, Ted Dowd, Assistant Director, Securities & Corporate Practices Division (202) 874-5327, or Jamey Basham, Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division (202) 874-5090, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20219.
Board: Christine Graham, Senior Attorney (202) 452-3005, or Christopher Paridon, Counsel (202) 452-3274, Legal Division; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC 20551. For the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired only, teletypewriter (TTY), (202) 263-4869.
FDIC: Thomas Hearn, Counsel (202) 898-6967, or Mark Flanigan, Counsel (202) 898-7426, Legal Division; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20429. For the hearing impaired only, telecommunications device for the deaf TDD: 800-925-4618.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 716 prohibits the provision of Federal assistance to any entity defined under that section to be a swaps entity with respect to any swap, security-based swap, or other activity of the swaps entity. /2/ "Federal assistance" is defined for purposes of section 716 as "the use of any advances from any Federal Reserve credit facility or discount window that is not part of a program with broad-based eligibility under section 13(3)(A) of the Federal Reserve Act," and "[FDIC] insurance or guarantees" for certain purposes specified in section 716(b)(1). /3/
FOOTNOTE 2 See, section 716(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8305(a). END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 3 See, section 716(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8305(b)(1). END FOOTNOTE
The prudential regulator (as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act) /4/ of a swaps entity is authorized to prescribe rules implementing section 716 with respect to that swaps entity. /5/ The Board is the prudential regulator for state member banks, bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, state branches and agencies of foreign banks, and certain other swaps entities. /6/ In addition, the Board is charged with responsibility for establishing and overseeing the provision of credit through any Federal Reserve credit facility and the discount window. The FDIC is the prudential regulator for state nonmember banks and state savings associations. /7/ In addition, the FDIC is charged with insuring the deposits of banks and savings associations and managing the Deposit Insurance Fund. The OCC is the prudential regulator for national banks, federal savings associations, and Federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. /8/
FOOTNOTE 4 Pursuant to section 711 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the term "prudential regulator" as used in section 716 has the same meaning as in the Commodity Exchange Act. 15 U.S.C. 8301. END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 5 Section 716(k) of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8305(k). END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 6 See 7 U.S.C. 1a(39)(A). END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 7 See id. at section 1a(39)(C). END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 8 See id. at section 1a(39)(B). END FOOTNOTE
Section 716(h) provides that its general prohibition on Federal assistance is "effective 2 years following the date on which this Act is effective." /9/ Section 716 is contained in Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Section 701 in Title VII provides that Title VII may be cited as the "Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010." /10/ Thus, while enacted within the Dodd-Frank Act, Title VII is itself "an Act," and references within Title VII to "this Act" should be, in context, interpreted as references to the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010, not to the broader Dodd-Frank Act. This interpretation is supported by the fact that section 716(m) refers specifically to the Dodd-Frank Act by name--a reference that would not be necessary if the reference to "this Act" in section 716(h) and other provisions of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act were intended to refer to the Dodd-Frank Act. Nothing in the context of subsection (m) or other provisions of section 716 suggest a different reading was intended. /11/
FOOTNOTE 9 See section 716(h) of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8305(h). END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 10 See section 701 of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8301 note. END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 11 Section 716(m) of the Dodd-Frank Act; 15 U.S.C. 8305(m). END FOOTNOTE
In general, the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act became effective on July 16, 2011, which is later than the effective date of the Dodd-Frank Act generally. The Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act has two subtitles. Both subtitles contain provisions that establish an effective date that is 360 days after the enactment of the subtitle (unless otherwise noted in that subtitle). /12/ The date of enactment was July 21, 2010, making the effective date of the subtitles comprising the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act July 16, 2011. Because section 716 specifically adopts an effective date that is 2 years following the effective date of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, section 716 will become effective on July 16, 2013. /13/
FOOTNOTE 12 Section 754 sets forth the effective date of subtitle A of Title VII, and section 774 sets forth the effective date of subtitle B of Title VII. See 7 U.S.C. 7a note and 15 U.S.C. 77b note. END FOOTNOTE
FOOTNOTE 13 The agencies intend to invite comment on a separate proposal that would establish the appropriate transition period for insured depository institutions pursuant to section 716(f). END FOOTNOTE
Thomas J. Curry,
Comptroller of the Currency.
By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 10, 2012.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Dated at Washington, DC, this 10th day of April 2012.
Robert E. Feldman,
Notice of joint guidance.
Citation: "77 FR 27456"
Federal Register Page Number: "27456"