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Daily Financial Regulation Update -- Wednesday, April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

By FedACTion Task Force

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Administration Changes

Appointments/Confirmation Hearings

Department of the Treasury – Janet Yellen (effective January 26, 2021)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Rohit Chopra (Nominee)

Securities and Exchange Commission – Gary Gensler (effective April 17, 2021)

Small Business Administration – Isabel Guzman (effective March 16, 2021)

Commodity Futures Trade Commission

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

National Credit Union Administration – Todd M. Harper

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Marcia Fudge (effective March 10, 2021)

Department of Education – Dr. Miguel Cardona (effective March 2, 2011)

Congress

Click here to view the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), Enacted March 27, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, Enacted April 24, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, Enacted June 5, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Enacted December 27, 2020.  

Click here to view the full text of the American Rescue Plan of 2021, Enacted March 11, 2021.

Click here to view the full text of the PPP Extension Act of 2021, Enacted March 30, 2021.

Click here to view a running list of proposed legislation from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, House Committee on Financial Services, and House Committee on Small Business.

Federal Agencies

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Operational Risk: Navigating Rapid Changes

April 28, 2021

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is hosting a virtual workshop on April 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, titled “Operational Risk: Navigating Rapid Changes.” The workshop will be led by experienced OCC examiners and is designed for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations.

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Administrator Guzman Announces Application Opening for $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund

April 27, 2021

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the SBA will begin registration on April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will subsequently open applications on May 3, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

FHFA House Price Index Up 0.9% in February 2021 and Up 12.2% from Last Year

April 27, 2021

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a news release that states that house prices rose nationwide in February 2021, up 0.9% from the previous month. House prices rose 12.2% from February 2020 to February 2021. The previously reported 1% price change for January 2021 remained unchanged.

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae Forgoes Issuing Benchmark Notes on April 27, 2021 Announcement Date

April 27, 2021

Fannie Mae announced that it will not utilize its April 27, 2021 Benchmark Notes announcement date this month. Fannie Mae may forgo any scheduled Benchmark Notes issuance.

Dynamic Risk Management Enables Flexible Response

April 27, 2021

Malloy Evans, Senior Vice President, Single-Family Chief Credit Officer at Fannie Mae, released a perspectives blog titled “Dynamic Risk Management Enables Flexible Response.”

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac Announces Release Date for First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Freddie Mac announced that it plans to report its first quarter 2021 financial results before the U.S. financial markets open on April 29, 2021.

U.S. Department of Labor

US Department of Labor Announces $3.5M Funding Opportunity to Place More Women in Registered Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations

April 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity of $3.5 million for up to 10 grants to increase and retain the number of women in quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs and nontraditional occupations such as those in the manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and healthcare industries.

Equal Employment Opportunity Council

EEOC Announces Opening of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

April 26, 2021

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open, after delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 in light of COVID-19. The EEO-1 Component 1 report is a mandatory annual data collection that requires all private sector employers with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees meeting certain criteria, to submit demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex and job categories. This year, the annual filing deadline for both the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 report(s) is July 19, 2021.

State Agencies

New York State Department of Financial Services

DFS Issues Report on the SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack

April 27, 2021

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”) released a report on the Department’s investigation of the New York’s financial services industry’s response to the supply chain attack of the information technology (“IT”) company SolarWinds (“SolarWinds Attack”). During the SolarWinds Attack, hackers corrupted routine software updates that were downloaded onto thousands of organizations’ information systems.

International

European Commission

Statement by President von der Leyen on the Finalization of National Recovery Plans under NextGenerationEU

April 27, 2021

European Commission President von der Leyen gave a statement on the finalization of national recovery plans under NextGenerationEU.

Coronavirus: EU Channels Critical Support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

April 27, 2021

The European Commission issued a news release titled “Coronavirus: EU Channels Critical Support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism.”

A Strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism Endorsed by European Parliament

April 27, 2021

The European Commission issued a news release titled “A Strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism Endorsed by European Parliament.”

Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

April 27, 2021

European Commission President von der Leyen gave a speech at the European Parliament Plenary on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Bank of England

PRA statement on the disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to Covid-19

April 27, 2021

The Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority issued a statement providing guidance to UK banks and building societies on the disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sterling Liquidity Facility – Bank of England/Bank for International Settlements from April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

The Bank of England (BoE) issued a news release that it has entered into a facility with the Bank for International Settlements to ensure the provision of Sterling liquidity during any future periods of market stress, complementing the BoE’s existing established network of standing bilateral swap lines.