On February 29, 2016, the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation jointly issued and requested public comment on interim final rules to implement section 83001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, which permitted the agencies to expand the on-site examination schedule for qualifying insured depository institutions with less than $1 billion in total assets to once every 18 months from once every 12 months. The interim final rules make parallel changes to the regulations of the federal agencies regarding on-site examination cycles for US branches and agencies of foreign banks with total assets of less than $1 billion. Under the interim final rules, the number of institutions that may qualify for an expanded 18-month examination cycle increased by 617, to close to 5,000 banks and savings associations. In addition, the number of US branches and agencies of foreign banks that may qualify for the 18- month examination cycle increased by 26 branches and agencies to a 89 branches and agencies. The interim final rules are effective on February 29, 2016. Comments on the rules must be received by April 29, 2016.

The full text of the rules is available at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-03877.pdf