News Release 2004-40 | May 28, 2004

Agencies Issue Proposed Guidance on Overdraft Protection Programs

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Board Of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation National Credit Union Administration Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Office of Thrift Supervision

The federal financial institutions supervisory agencies today issued proposed guidance to assist insured depository institutions in the responsible disclosure and administration of overdraft protection services.

The proposed guidance identifies concerns raised by institutions, financial supervisors, and the public about the marketing, disclosure, and implementation of overdraft protection programs. To address these concerns, the proposed guidance: 1) seeks to ensure that financial institutions adopt adequate policies and procedures to address the credit, operational, and other risks associated with overdraft protection services; 2) alerts institutions offering these services to the need to comply with all applicable federal and state laws; and 3) sets forth examples of best practices that are currently observed in, or recommended by, the industry.

The proposal is being issued under the auspices of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) by its member agencies: the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; National Credit Union Administration; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and Office of Thrift Supervision.

Comment on the proposed guidance is requested within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly. The Federal Register notice is attached.

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OTS Erin Hickman (202) 906-6677

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