June 24, 2010
Authored by: Barry Hester and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
On June 22, 2010, the FDIC Board of Directors adopted a final rule extending the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) component of the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP) through December 31, 2010, for insured depository institutions (IDIs) currently participating in the program. The TAG program guarantees all funds held at participating IDIs in qualifying noninterest-bearing transaction accounts beyond the recently increased $250,000 deposit insurance limit. This final rule preserves the interim rule’s assessment fee structure and 25 basis-point interest rate limit for NOW accounts guaranteed by the program.
The final rule also provides that, without additional rulemaking, the Board may further extend the program for a period not more than a year (until and including December 31, 2011) if it finds that economic conditions and circumstances that led to the establishment of the program are likely to continue beyond December 31, 2010, and that extending the program for an additional period of time will help mitigate or resolve those conditions and circumstances. The FDIC must publish notice of any such further extension by October 29, 2010. This further extension language is the minor and only departure from the interim TAG rule issued on April 13, 2010. The interim rule provided that the FDIC could extend the program on the same grounds and without additional rulemaking “for an additional year.”