On March 14, 2016, the US Office of the Comptroller issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would remove outdated or unnecessary provisions of certain OCC rules to reduce the regulatory burden on national banks and federal savings associations subject to the rules. The proposed rulemaking is part of the OCC’s review of its rules required by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) every ten years. The proposed rule was developed following outreach to the industry conducted by the OCC individually and in connection with other US banking regulators. The proposed rule would make the following changes to OCC rules, among others: remove notice and approval requirements for certain changes in permanent capital involving national banks; remove certain financial disclosure requirements for national banks and remove certain unnecessary regulatory reporting, accounting and management policy requirements for federal savings associations. The proposed rule is open for comment for 60 days.

The proposed rule is available at: http://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2016/nr-occ-2016-27a.pdf