[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 26 (Tuesday, February 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7087-7089]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-2780]


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FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Thrift Supervision


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Office of 
Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury.

ACTION: Joint notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the FDIC and the OTS (the 
``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not 
required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a 
currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. 
The agencies are requesting public comment on their proposal to require 
savings associations currently filing data through the Branch Office 
Survey System (BOS) with the OTS to convert to filing data through the 
Summary of Deposits Survey (SOD) with the FDIC. The BOS and the SOD are 
currently approved collections of information. At the end of the 
comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be 
analyzed to determine the extent to which the agencies should modify 
their proposal prior to giving final approval. The agencies will then 
submit the proposal to OMB for review and approval.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 11, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to 
either or both of the agencies. All comments, which should refer to the 
OMB control number(s), will be shared between the agencies.
    FDIC: You may submit comments, which should refer to ``Summary of 
Deposits Survey, 3064-0061,'' by any of the following methods:
     Agency Web Site: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments 
on the FDIC Web site.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: comments@FDIC.gov. Include ``Summary of Deposits 
Survey, 3064-0061'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Gary A. Kuiper, (202) 898-3877, Counsel, Attn: 
Comments, Room F-1072, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.
     Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand delivered to the guard 
station at the rear of the 550 17th Street Building (located on F 
Street) on business days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Public Inspection: All comments received will be posted without 
change to http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html 
including any personal information provided. Comments may be inspected 
at the FDIC Public Information Center, Room E-1002, 3501 Fairfax Drive, 
Arlington, VA 22226, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days.
    OTS: You may submit comments, identified by ``1550-0004 (Branch 
Office Survey System),'' by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail address: infocollection.comments@ots.treas.gov. 
Please include ``1550-0004 (Branch Office Survey System)'' in the 
subject line of the message and include your name and telephone number 
in the message.
     Fax: (202) 906-6518.
     Mail: Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's 
Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, 
DC 20552, Attention: ``1550-0004 (Branch Office Survey System).''
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Guard's Desk, East Lobby Entrance, 
1700 G Street, NW., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days, Attention: 
Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's Office, Attention: 
``1550-0004 (Branch Office Survey System).''
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and OMB Control Number (1550-0004) for this information collection. All 
comments received will be posted without change to the OTS Internet 
Site at http://www.ots.treas.gov/pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1, 
including any personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.ots.treas.gov/pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1. In addition, you may inspect comments 
at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make 
an appointment for access, call (202) 906-5922, send an e-mail to 
public.info@ots.treas.gov">public.info@ots.treas.gov, or send a

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facsimile transmission to (202) 906-7755. (Prior notice identifying the 
materials you will be requesting will assist us in serving you.) We 
schedule appointments on business days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In 
most cases, appointments will be available the next business day 
following the date we receive a request.
    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 
OMB desk officer for the agencies by mail to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, New 
Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 
proposal discussed in this notice, please contact either of the agency 
clearance officers whose names appear below.
    In addition, copies of the reporting forms and instructions for the 
SOD can be obtained at the FDIC Web site (http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/). 
Copies of the reporting forms and instructions for the BOS can be 
obtained at the OTS Web site (http://www.ots.treas.gov/?p=BranchOfficeSurvey).
    FDIC: Gary A. Kuiper, Counsel, (202) 898-3877, Legal Division, 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20429.
    OTS: Ira L. Mills, OTS Clearance Officer, at 
Ira.Mills@ots.treas.gov, (202) 906-6531, or facsimile number (202) 906-
6518, Regulations and Legislation Division, Chief Counsel's Office, 
Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agencies are proposing to standardize 
the yearly collection of branch information among all FDIC-insured 
entities. To accomplish this goal, the agencies are proposing to cease 
collection of branching and deposit data from OTS-regulated savings 
associations through the BOS and require this data be filed through the 
SOD. The SOD is currently the data collection facility used by all 
other FDIC-insured entities. The SOD and the BOS are currently approved 
collections of information for each agency.
    1. Report Title: Summary of Deposits Survey (SOD).
    Form Number: 8020/05.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    FDIC:
    OMB Number: 3064-0061.
    Current:
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,000 insured commercial banks and 
state-chartered savings banks.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 18,000 burden hours.
    Proposed:
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,543 insured commercial banks, 
state-chartered savings banks, and savings associations.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 19,629 burden hours.
    The current annual burden for the SOD is estimated to be 18,000 
hours. Approximately 6,000 institutions spend an average of three hours 
to prepare the SOD. It is estimated that some institutions with only 
two or three branches will take 15 minutes to complete the survey while 
larger banks usually have the branch information in their system for 
easy retrieval to complete the SOD form.
    As discussed in more detail later in this notice, there are 
differences in the panel of institutions required to report data 
through the SOD and those required to report data through the BOS. In 
summary, single-office institutions are not required to file the SOD, 
but are required to file the BOS. OTS estimates there are approximately 
181 single-office savings associations that are currently required to 
file data through the BOS but would not be required to file data 
through the SOD.
    Another difference in the panel of institutions required to file 
through the BOS compared to through the SOD are trust-only 
institutions. All trust-only savings associations are exempt from 
filing data through the BOS. However, trust-only institutions with more 
than one office location would be required to file data through the 
SOD. There is one trust-only savings association with more than one 
office location and, hence, this institution would be required to file 
through the SOD. Given these changes in the panel of required filers, 
the proposed burden estimates above for filing through the SOD reflect 
a net reduction of 180 savings associations from the total 723 OTS-
regulated savings associations required to file through the BOS.
    2. Report Title: Branch Office Survey System (BOS).
    Form Number: OTS 248 (for savings associations).
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    OTS:
    OMB Number: 1550-0004.
    Current:
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 723 savings associations.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 2,169 burden hours.
    Proposed:
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Not applicable.
    Estimated Time per Response: Not applicable.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: Not applicable.
    The burden estimates above for filing through the BOS reflect a 
reduction for the 18 trust-only savings associations that would not be 
required to file through the BOS from the total population of 741 OTS-
regulated savings associations.

General Description of Reports

    These information collections are mandatory. The FDIC is authorized 
to collect these data under section 9 (Eighth) of the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1819), which gives the FDIC the power to 
require information and reports from banks to carry out its statutory 
responsibilities regarding bank supervision. The survey has been 
conducted on a yearly basis since 1972.
    OTS is authorized to collect this data under Sections 3(b)(2) and 
4(a)(2) of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1462a(b)(2) and 
1463(a)(2)).
    All data collected through the BOS and the SOD submissions are 
available to the public.

Abstract

    Institutions submit SOD and BOS data to the agencies annually for 
the agencies' use in monitoring branching activity, reviewing changes 
in levels of deposits at branches, and in evaluating changes in market 
share of deposits by location. SOD and BOS submissions also provide 
branch deposit data necessary for evaluating institutions' corporate 
applications, for identifying areas of focus for on-site and off-site 
examinations, and for monetary and other public policy purposes. In 
addition, SOD data are used to measure the host state loan-to-deposit 
ratios used to determine compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal 
Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994, which 
generally prohibits a bank from establishing or acquiring a branch or 
branches outside its home state primarily for the purpose of deposit 
production.

Effect of Recent Legislation

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 
Public Law 111-203 (the Dodd-Frank Act) was enacted into law on July 
21, 2010. Title

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III of the Dodd-Frank Act abolishes the OTS, provides for its 
integration with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) 
effective as of July 21, 2011 (the ``transfer date''), and transfers 
its functions to the OCC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System (Board), and the FDIC.
    Under Title III of the Dodd-Frank Act, all functions of the OTS 
relating to federal savings associations and rulemaking authority for 
all savings associations are transferred to the OCC. All functions of 
the OTS relating to state-chartered savings associations (other than 
rulemaking) are transferred to the FDIC. All functions of the OTS 
relating to supervision of savings and loan holding companies 
(including rulemaking) are transferred to the Board.
    After careful review, the agencies believe having common financial 
reports and reporting processes among all FDIC-insured institutions is 
more efficient and will lead to more uniform comparisons of financial 
condition, performance, and trends. For these reasons, the OTS is 
proposing to eliminate the BOS data collection process used by OTS-
regulated savings associations and require these entities to file this 
information using the SOD processes and systems. This proposal would 
standardize the reporting routines and processes required of all FDIC-
insured entities for branch office data through the SOD.

Current Actions

    The agencies are proposing to implement changes to savings 
associations' branch office reporting requirements effective June 30, 
2011. These changes are intended to provide a consistent data 
collection needed for reasons of safety and soundness or other public 
purposes. The proposed changes would require OTS-regulated savings 
associations to cease filing through the BOS and commence filing 
through the SOD, thus standardizing the yearly collection of branch 
office information, including deposit data, between OTS-regulated 
savings associations and all other FDIC-insured entities.
    OTS-regulated savings associations use OTS-developed proprietary 
software for the yearly filing of branch office information. Branch 
office information is filed by all other FDIC-insured entities with the 
FDIC directly using either FDICconnect or institution-acquired 
commercially available software.
    The BOS and SOD collections of branch office information are very 
similar and the estimated burden hours are identical (an average of 3 
hours per entity annually). However, there are some differences between 
the entities required to file the BOS and the SOD. Single-office OTS-
regulated savings associations are required to file through the BOS. 
However, all other single-office FDIC-insured entities (unit banks) are 
not required to file through the SOD. Instead, deposit data from the 
Call Report quarterly information collection are used for deposit 
balances of unit banks.
    Another difference between the BOS and the SOD is that savings 
associations engaged in trust-only activities \1\ are not required to 
file through the BOS. However, all other trust-only FDIC-insured 
entities with more than one location (office/branch) are required to 
file through the SOD.\2\ Though these differences are minor, OTS-
regulated savings associations are encouraged to review the SOD filing 
requirements and processes. The SOD general description and 
instructions can be obtained at the FDIC Web site through the following 
link: http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/.
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    \1\ These OTS-regulated ``special purpose'' savings associations 
engage only in trust and asset management activities. These 
institutions, deemed ``trust-only,'' do not perform commercial or 
retail banking services by granting credit or taking deposits from 
the public in the ordinary course of business.
    \2\ As of September 30, 2010, only one of the eighteen OTS-
regulated trust-only savings associations had more than one office 
location. That one entity would be required to file through the SOD 
under this proposal.
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    There is little difference between the BOS and the SOD collections 
of branch information. Therefore, the burden of changing processes, for 
most OTS-regulated savings associations, would be minimal or even 
reduced.\3\ Hence, the agencies desire to have a standard yearly 
collection of branch information among all FDIC-insured entities 
through the existing FDIC process beginning with the filing of June 30, 
2011, branch information.
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    \3\ The OTS estimates there were approximately 180 savings 
associations operating at September 30, 2010, that filed data 
through the BOS for the 2010 reporting period, but would not have to 
file data through the SOD under this proposal.
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Request for Comment

    Public comment is requested on all aspects of this joint notice. 
Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the proposed revisions to the collections of 
information that are the subject of this notice are necessary for the 
proper performance of the agencies' functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agencies' estimates of the burden of the 
information collections as they are proposed to be revised, including 
the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of information collections on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    (e) Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    Comments submitted in response to this joint notice will be shared 
between the agencies. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated at Washington, DC, this 24th day of January, 2011.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
    Dated: February 2, 2011.
Ira L. Mills,
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift 
Supervision.
[FR Doc. 2011-2780 Filed 2-7-11; 8:45 am]
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