On July 29, 2015, the US Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, a formal interagency body that prescribes reporting standards for financial institutions, of which the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “agencies”) are members, approved for publication a proposal to extend, with certain revisions (including revisions to the officer declaration requirement), the Foreign Branch Report of Condition (FFIEC 030 and FFIEC 030S).

The FFIEC 030 collects information regarding the structure and geographic distribution of assets, liabilities and off-balance-sheet data of foreign branches of insured US banks and savings associations. The FFIEC 030S (the Abbreviated Foreign Branch Report of Condition) collects financial data items for smaller, less complex branches. Included in the proposed revisions is an amendment to the officer declaration requirement. Currently, the report must be signed by an officer who states that the report is true and correct to the best of his or her belief. The amendments would make explicit a requirement that the officer who signs the declaration must be an officer of the parent US institution, and the new form of declaration would state not only that it is true and correct to the best of the officer’s knowledge and belief, but also that the report has been prepared in conformance with FFIEC instructions. Other amendments would reduce the required information if the single-country consolidation option is elected and add a field on the cover page for the institution to indicate whether the branch meets the criteria for annual or quarterly filing. The proposal would be effective as of the December 31, 2015 report date. Comments are due by September 28, 2015.

The Federal Register notice is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18588.pdf