On January 21, 2016, US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg and US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced interim final rules expanding the examination cycle for institutions with less than $1 billion in assets that meet certain standards, under statutory power granted by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act which was enacted on December 4, 2015. Specifically, the rule will permit institutions with total assets of $200 million or greater and not exceeding $1 billion that receive a composite CAMELS or ROCA rating of “1” or “2,” and that meet other qualifying criteria, to qualify for an 18-month examination cycle. Previously, the longer, 18 month exam cycle was only available to certain insured depository institutions with less than $500 million in assets. Comments on the interim final rule may be submitted for 60 days, following the publication of the proposed amendments in the Federal Register.

The FDIC Chairman’s Statement is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spjan2116a.html.

The OCC’s press release is available at: http://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2016/nr-occ-2016-5.html and the Comptroller’s Statement is available at: http://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/speeches/2016/pub-speech-2016-5.pdf. The interim final rule is available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2016/2016-01-21_notice_dis_a_fr.pdf.