On June 16, 2015, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and request for comment on proposed refinements to the deposit insurance assessment system for small insured depository institutions that have been federally insured for at least five years (referred to as “established small banks”). The FDIC is proposing to refine the deposit insurance assessment system by: (i) revising the financial ratios method so that it would be based on a statistical model estimating the probability of failure over three years; (ii) updating the financial measures used in the financial ratios method consistent with the statistical model; and (iii) eliminating risk categories for established small banks and using the financial ratios method to determine assessment rates for all such banks (subject to minimum or maximum initial assessment rates based upon a bank’s composite rating). The FDIC proposes that the refinements would become operative the quarter after the reserve ratio of the Deposit Insurance Fund reaches 1.15 percent. and that a final rule would go into effect the quarter after a final rule is adopted; however, as stated above, the proposed amendments would not become operative until the quarter after the DIF reserve ratio reaches 1.15 percent.

The FDIC press release is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2015/pr15050.html and the Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-13/pdf/2015-16514.pdf