On January 21, 2016, the Board of Directors of the FDIC released a revised notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend the manner in which banks with less than $10 billion in assets that have been insured by the FDIC for at least five years are assessed for deposit insurance. The rule reflects comments received on the initial proposed rule on small bank assessments that the FDIC released in June 2015 on topics such as calculation of asset growth and treatment of reciprocal deposits and Federal Home Loan Bank advances. Specifically, the new proposed rule, among other things: (i) uses a brokered deposit ratio as a measure in the financial ratios method for calculating assessment rates for established small banks (instead of the previously proposed core deposit ratio); (ii) removes the existing brokered deposit adjustment for established small banks; and (iii) revises the previously proposed one-year asset growth measure. The new proposed rule, like the June 2015 proposal, seeks to ascertain appropriate assessments that accurately reflect the risks taken by smaller banks. Comments may be submitted for 30 days, following the publication of the proposed amendments in the Federal Register.

The press release is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2016/pr16004.html and the notice of proposed rulemaking is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2016/2016-01-21_notice_dis_b_fr.pdf