Circular
Proposed Regulation on Disclosure and Reporting of CRA-Related Agreements
June 6, 2000
Circular No. 11250

Comments Invited by July 21, 2000

To All State Member Banks in the Second Federal Reserve District:

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of Thrift Supervision have announced a proposed new Regulation G (Disclosure and Reporting of CRA-Related Agreements). The new regulation is intended to implement Section 711 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The following is from the joint announcement:

Section 711 establishes annual reporting and public disclosure requirements for certain written agreements between insured depository institutions or their affiliates and nongovernmental entities or persons (including business entities) made pursuant to, or in connection with, the fulfillment of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA). The proposed rule would implement the requirements of the statute.

Section 711 exempts from coverage all agreements with nongovernmental entities or persons that have not had a contact concerning the CRA with the relevant banking organization or a banking agency. Certain types of loans and loan commitments also are exempt from coverage. The proposed rule would implement the exemptions in the statute.

Consistent with the statute, the proposed rule seeks to implement the disclosure and reporting requirements of section 711 in a manner that limits potential burdens. For example, the proposed rule would establish simple reporting procedures where possible and would allow nongovernmental entities or persons to use reports that they have prepared for other purposes, such as tax returns and financial statements, if these reports provide the information required by the Act.

The proposal (pdf - 369kb), as published in the Federal Register of May 19, is available. Comments should be sent by July 21, 2000. They should be sent directly to the Board of Governors, as specified in the notice, either by mail or electronically to the following e-mail address: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov.