Posted September 12, 2014
Before the long August recess, Congressional Leaders moved to truncate an already short September work period. This month, Congress will convene for a two-week session before Members return to their districts as they gear up for the November elections.
Most immediately, Congress must pass a funding measure to keep the government open beyond the end of the fiscal year, ending September 30. In addition, businesses, Congressional Democratic and moderate Republican Members and the President have made a push for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which also expires at the end of the month. In the Continuing Resolution (CR) released by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, September 9, the government would remain funded until December 11, after Members have returned to Washington following the elections. Passage of this CR would allow Party Leaders to reassess legislative priorities during the "lame duck" period as the outcome of the November elections may position certain initiatives more favorably if taken up in a new Congress.
Capitol Hill Activity
On September 9, 2014, financial regulators testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs regarding Dodd-Frank implementation. Written testimony was presented by Comptroller Curry, Chairman Gruenberg and CFPB Director Cordray. The hearing webcast can be accessed on the committee website.
On September 11, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board released Volcker Rule FAQs. The Board indicated it is working closely with the other agencies charged with implementing the requirements of the Volcker Rule (section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act), including the OCC, the FDIC, the SEC, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
On September 5, 2014, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced that two new papers are available on its Payment Cards Center site:
On September 4, 2014, the Financial Services Policy Committee of the Conference of Presidents of the Federal Reserve System announced the completion of a program of research and input gathering designed to inform an initiative to improve the speed, efficiency and security of the U.S. payment system. A summary of those efforts and stakeholder input can be found at FedPaymentsImprovement.org.
On September 9, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission posted an article on its Consumer Information blog titled, "Data breaches, credit freezes, and identity theft... oh my!" The article responds to recent news of a large-scale data breach at Home Depot, and questions from consumers about credit freezes (also called security freezes). Also included are advice on account monitoring, checking free credit reports, and awareness of phishing scams.
On August 28, 2014, the OCC Bulletin 2014-43 was issued to announce the revision of the "Electronic Fund Transfer Act" booklet of the Comptroller's Handbook, replacing a booklet issued in October 2011. The revised booklet provides updated guidance to examiners and bankers relevant to recent changes made to Regulation E regarding remittance transfers.
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