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PH FedACTion: Financial Regulatory Updates

Daily Financial Regulation Update -- Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March 02, 2022

By FedACTion Task Force

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Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on Financial Services

Full Committee Hybrid Hearing on Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

March 1, 2022

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing on March 2 entitled, "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy."

Committee on Small Business

Velázquez Looks to Antitrust to Promote Fair Competition for Small Businesses

March 1, 2022

The House Small Business Committee held a hearing surveying antitrust laws and their potential to identify anticompetitive practices that harm small businesses.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Treasury Publishes National Risk Assessments for Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Proliferation Financing

March 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today issued the 2022 National Risk Assessments (NRAs) on Money Laundering (NMLRA), Terrorist Financing (NTFRA) and Proliferation Financing (NPFRA). The documents highlight the most significant illicit finance threats, vulnerabilities, and risks facing the United States. The reports highlight that the U.S. is vulnerable to all three forms of illicit finance because of the size and sophistication of the U.S. financial system and centrality of the U.S. dollar in the payment infrastructure of global trade.

Statement from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

March 1, 2022

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen released a statement following her participation in a meeting of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors on the current situation in Ukraine and actions taken in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve Board invites public comment on supplement to its May 2021 proposal

March 1, 2022

The Federal Reserve Board invited public comment on a supplement to its May 2021 proposed guidelines to be used by Federal Reserve Banks in evaluating requests to for access to Reserve Bank accounts and payment services. While the first section of the updated proposal is substantially the same as the original proposal, the second section would establish a three-tier framework to provide additional clarity regarding the level of diligence and scrutiny to be applied to requests for Reserve Bank accounts and payment services for different types of institutions.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New Report Finds Improving Credit Reports for Most Americans

March 1, 2022

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today released the second installment of The State of Low-Income America: Credit Access and Debt Payment. The report finds that payment rates and median credit scores rose for all income groups through September 30, 2021. While overall bankruptcies declined substantially during the pandemic and new foreclosures were effectively halted, the report also finds that student loan default rates remain more than three times higher among borrowers in low- and moderate-income areas than in high-income areas.

Blog: Drivers of Inflation

March 1, 2022

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Liberty Street Economics blog released a post titled "Drivers of Inflation The New York Fed DSGE Model's Perspective."

Testimony on Exploring Financial Risks on Banking Posed by Climate Change

March 1, 2022

Dina Maher, of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, provided testimony before the New York State Senate Committees on Banks, Finance, and Environmental Conservation on exploring the financial risks to banking posed by climate change.

Conference of State Bank Supervisors

Adapting to the Digital Age: How are Core Services Providers Viewed?

March 1, 2022

In today's technology-driven banking environment, a community bank's relationship with its core service provider should be a strategic partnership that supports its business objectives. In our previous blog post, we found that community banks view future technological innovation more as an opportunity than a threat, particularly for high tech-usage banks and larger banks. So, how satisfied are community banks with their core service provider?

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

FDIC-Insured Institutions Reported Net Income of $63.9 Billion in Fourth Quarter 2021

March 1, 2022

Reports from 4,839 commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation reflect aggregate net income of $63.9 billion in fourth quarter 2021, an increase of $4.4 billion (7.4 percent) from a year ago.

Financial Stability Oversight Council

FSOC Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2022

The Financial Stability Oversight council published the minutes of its February 28 meeting.

National Credit Union Administration

Speech: NCUA Board Member Rodney E. Hood Remarks at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Washington D.C.

March 1, 2022

National Credit Union Administration Board Member Rodney Hood gave a speech at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

Speech: NCUA Vice Chairman Kyle S. Hauptman Remarks at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

March 1, 2022

National Credit Union Administration Vice Chairman Kyle Hauptman gave a speech at the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

International

European Commission

Antitrust: Commission invites comments on draft revised rules on horizontal cooperation agreements between companies

March 1, 2022

The European Commission has launched a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on two draft revised Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations on Research & Development and Specialisation agreements and the draft revised Horizontal Guidelines.

Speech: Russian aggression against Ukraine

March 1, 2022

President von der Leyen gave a speech at the European Parliament Plenary on the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Administration Changes

Vacancies

Federal Reserve Board

  • Vice Chair for Supervision – Sarah Bloom Raskin nominated January 14, 2022 (nomination hearing held on February 3, 2022)
  • Governor – Lisa Cook nominated January 14, 2022
    (nomination hearing held on February 3, 2022)
  • Governor – Phillip Jefferson, nominated January 14, 2022
    (nomination hearing held on February 3, 2022)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

  • Chair – Vacant (Martin Gruenberg serves as Acting Chair)
  • Vice Chairman

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

  • Comptroller – Vacant (Michael Hsu serves as Acting Comptroller)

Commodity Futures Commission

  • Three (3) Commissioner Vacancies

Appointments/Confirmation Hearings

U.S. Department of the Treasury - Janet Yellen (effective January 26, 2021)

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Rohit Chopra (effective October 12, 2021)

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

Small Business Administration - Isabella Casillas Guzman (effective March 16, 2021)

Commodity Futures Trade Commission – Rostin Behnam (effective December 17, 2021)

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

National Credit Union Administration - Todd M. Harper

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Marcia Fudge (effective March 10, 2021)

Federal Housing Finance Agency – Sandra L. Thompson

U.S. Department of Education - Dr. Miguel Cardona (effective March 2, 2021)

PH Client Alerts

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Legislation/Legislative Updates

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.

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