CA 21-7:

Revised “A Guide to HMDA Reporting: Getting It Right!”

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20551

DIVISION OF CONSUMER
AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

CA 21-7
March 30, 2021

TO THE OFFICERS AND MANAGERS IN CHARGE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS SECTIONS

SUBJECT:

Revised “A Guide to HMDA Reporting: Getting It Right!”

Applicability to Community Banking Organizations: This guidance applies to all institutions supervised by the Federal Reserve, including those with total consolidated assets of $10 billion or less.

The Task Force on Consumer Compliance of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council recently developed a revised version of “A Guide to HMDA Reporting: Getting It Right!” (Guide). The updated Guide is intended to assist financial institutions in complying with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)1 as implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation C.2 This Guide applies to HMDA data that financial institutions are required to collect beginning on January 1, 2021 and must submit by March 1, 2022. The Guide provides helpful background information and an easy-to-use summary of certain key requirements, including those relating to institutional coverage, transactional coverage, and data collection, reporting, and disclosure requirements.

This edition of the Guide incorporates amendments made to HMDA by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act)3 and the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA).4 The Dodd-Frank Act amended HMDA, transferred rulewriting authority to the CFPB, and expanded the scope of information that must be collected, reported, and disclosed under HMDA, among other changes.

In October 2015, the CFPB issued the 2015 HMDA Rule implementing the Dodd-Frank Act amendments to Regulation C.5 The 2015 HMDA Rule modified the types of institutions and transactions subject to Regulation C, the types of data that institutions are required to collect, and the processes for reporting and disclosing the required data. On August 24, 2017, the CFPB issued a 2017 HMDA Rule to further amend Regulation C to make technical corrections and clarify certain requirements adopted by the 2015 HMDA Rule.6

The EGRRCPA amended HMDA by adding partial exemptions from HMDA’s requirements for certain transactions made by certain insured depository institutions and insured credit unions. On August 31, 2018, the CFPB issued a 2018 HMDA Rule to implement and clarify changes made by the EGRRCPA.7 On October 10, 2019, the CFPB issued the 2019 HMDA Rule to extend the temporary threshold for reporting data about open end lines of credit and implement and further clarify the partial exemptions created by the EGRRCPA.8

On April 16, 2020, the Bureau issued a 2020 HMDA Rule to adjust the thresholds for reporting data about closed-end mortgage loans, effective July 1, 2020, and the thresholds for reporting data about open-end lines of credit, effective January 1, 2022.9

Reserve Banks are asked to distribute this letter to the Federal Reserve-supervised institutions in their districts, as well as to their supervisory and examination staff. If supervised financial institutions have questions about the guidance set forth in this letter, they are encouraged to contact the responsible Reserve Bank. In addition, questions may be sent via the Board’s public website.10

signed by
Eric Belsky
Director
Division of Consumer
and Community Affairs

Cross References:
  • CA 19-5 “Revised Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Examination Procedures” (April 1, 2019)
  • CA 18-9 “Designated Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Key Data Fields” (December 7, 2018)
  • CA 18-6 “Statement on the Implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act Amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act” (July 5, 2018)
  • CA 17-4 “Expectations for Supervised Institutions Regarding Amended Regulation C” (December 21, 2017)
  • CA 17-2 “Revised Interagency Home Mortgage Disclosure
Notes:
  1. 12 U.S.C 2801 et seq. Return to text.
  2. 12 C.F.R. Part 1003. Return to text.
  3. Public Law No. 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376, 2097-2101 (2010). Return to text.
  4. Public Law No. 115-174, 132 Stat. 1296 (2018). The President signed the EGRRCPA into law on May 24, 2018. Return to text.
  5. 80 FR 66128 (October 28, 2015) (2015 HMDA Rule). Return to text.
  6. 82 FR 43088 (September 13, 2017) (2017 HMDA Rule). Return to text.
  7. 83 FR 45325 (September 7, 2018) (2018 HMDA Rule). Return to text.
  8. 84 FR 57946 (October 29, 2019) (2019 HMDA Rule). Return to text.
  9. 85 FR 28364 (May 12, 2020) (2020 HMDA Rule). Return to text.
  10. See http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/contactus/feedback.aspx. Return to text.
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