March 06, 2018
Federal Reserve Board requests comments on amendments to simplify Regulation J and make it conform more closely with Regulation CC
For release at 12:00 p.m. EST
The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday requested comment on amendments to simplify Regulation J (Collection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers through Fedwire) and to make it conform more closely with Regulation CC (Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks).
The proposed amendments are intended to align the rights and obligations of parties, including the Federal Reserve Banks, with the Board's 2017 amendments to Regulation CC, which reflected the evolution of the nation's check collection system from one that is largely paper-based to one that is virtually all electronic. The proposed amendments would clarify and simplify provisions of Regulation J, remove obsolete provisions, and improve consistency between Regulation J and Regulation CC. The proposed amendments would also clarify that electronically-created items (check-like items created in electronic form that never existed in paper form) are not "items" that the Reserve Banks are authorized to handle under Regulation J.
The Board has also proposed amending Regulation J to clarify that financial messaging standards for Fedwire funds transfers, such as the international common format standard ISO 20022, do not confer or connote legal status or responsibilities with respect to Fedwire funds transfers.
Comments on the proposed amendments are requested within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.
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