Federal Banking Agencies Finalize an 18-Month Examination Cycle for Small Banking Institutions

On December 12, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) finalized rules that generally allow well-capitalized and well-managed banks and savings associations with less than $1 billion in total assets to benefit from an 18-month examination cycle rather than a 12-month cycle.  Prior to the adoption of the interim final rules, only firms with total assets of less than $500 million were eligible to benefit from the extended 18-month cycle.  The final rules are meant, among other things, to reduce regulatory compliance costs for smaller institutions. Press Release. Final Rule.