Regulatory reporting: Revisions to Call Report and other related reports

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently announced significant changes to bank regulatory reporting requirements (including the “Call Report”) that are expected to result in reduced reporting burden.  The changes originated in December 2014, when the FFIEC launched an initiative to reduce burdens associated with the Call Report. Since then, the FFIEC and its member agencies—the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)—have taken several actions to meet this goal, including the creation of a new streamlined Call Report for smaller institutions (FFIEC 051) that took effect with the March 31, 2017 report date.

The goals underlying this initiative coincide with a focus on simplifying, rationalizing, and recalibrating aspects of the regulatory framework, including regulatory reporting.  In support of the burden efforts, the Treasury Department urged regulators to “streamline current regulatory reporting requirements for all community financial institutions” by focusing their efforts on the applicability of each line item.1

Below is an overview of three recent developments with respect to the Call Report,2 the FFIEC 002 (Report of Assets and Liabilities of US Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks) and FFIEC 002S (Report of Assets and Liabilities of a Non-US Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a US Branch of Agency of a Foreign (Non-US) Bank),3 and the FR Y-9C (Consolidated Financial Statements of Holding Companies), as well as the key takeaways for covered institutions.4

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Agencies re-propose rule regarding incentive-based compensation at financial institutions

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) became the first agency to re-propose1 a Dodd-Frank-mandated rule on incentive-based compensation arrangements for covered financial institutions (the original proposed rule was issued in 2011). The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency adopted substantively identical versions of the proposal on April 26, 2016. The remaining two agencies required by Section 956 of Dodd-Frank to jointly issue the rule—the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)—are expected to adopt the proposal shortly.
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