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Type: FCA Regulation
PART 620 - DISCLOSURE TO SHAREHOLDERS
Subpart F - Bank and Association Audit and Compensation Committees


620.31 Compensation committees.
Each Farm Credit bank and association must establish and maintain a compensation committee by adopting a written charter describing the committee’s composition, authorities, and responsibilities in accordance with this section. The compensation committee must report only to the board of directors. All compensation committees are required to maintain records of meetings, including attendance, for at least 3 fiscal years.
(a) Composition. Each compensation committee must consist of at least three members and all committee members must be members of the institution’s board of directors. Every member must be free from any relationship that, in the opinion of the board, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment as a committee member.
(b) Responsibilities. It is the responsibility of each compensation committee to review the compensation policies and plans for senior officers and employees and to approve the overall compensation program for senior officers. In fulfilling its responsibilities, the compensation committee must document that it determined the:
(1) Institution’s projected long-term compensation and retirement benefit obligations are appropriate to the services performed and not excessive;
(2) Incentive-based compensation programs and payments are reasonable and proportionate to the services performed and structured so the payout schedule considers the potential for future losses or undue risks to the institution;
(3) Senior officer compensation, incentive, and benefit programs support the institution’s long-term business strategy and mission, as well as promote safe and sound business practices; and
(4) Compensation programs designed for specific groups of employees, other than senior officers, pose no imprudent risks to the institution.
(c) Resources. Each institution must provide monetary and nonmonetary resources to enable its compensation committee to perform its duties.

[71 FR 5767, Feb. 2, 2006, as amended at 77 FR 60601, Oct. 3, 2012]

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