Title: NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING; EXTENSION OF COMMENT PERIOD--Organization; Eligibility and Scope of Financing; Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Definitions; and Disclosure to Shareholders; Director Elections--12 CFR Parts 611, 613, 615, 619, and 620
Issue Date: 05/22/2009
Agency: FCA
Federal Register Cite: 74 FR 23961
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FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION

12 CFR Parts 611, 613, 615, 619, and 620

RIN 3052-AC43

Organization; Eligibility and Scope of Financing; Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Definitions; and Disclosure to Shareholders; Director Elections

AGENCY: Farm Credit Administration.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

SUMMARY: The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, Agency or we) is extending the comment period on our proposed rulemaking that seeks comments on proposed changes to the rules on Farm Credit System (System) bank and association director elections and other voting procedures to clarify the director elections process, and to update our rules to incorporate interpretations made through recent bookletters to System institutions. We are extending the comment period so all interested parties will have additional time to provide comments.

DATES: You may send comments on or before August 14, 2009.

ADDRESSES: We offer a variety of methods for you to submit your comments. For accuracy and efficiency reasons, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by e-mail or through the FCA's Web site. As facsimiles (fax) are difficult for us to process and achieve compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, we are no longer accepting comments submitted by fax. Regardless of the method you use, please do not submit your comment multiple times via different methods. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
You may review copies of all comments we receive at our office in McLean, Virginia, or from our Web site at http://www.fca.gov. Once you are in the Web site, select "Public Commenters," then "Public Comments," and follow the directions for "Reading Submitted Public Comments." We will show your comments as submitted, but for technical reasons we may omit items such as logos and special characters. Identifying information you provide, such as phone numbers and addresses, will be publicly available. However, we will attempt to remove e-mail addresses to help reduce Internet spam.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elna Luopa, Senior Corporate Analyst, Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA 22102-5090, (703)883-4498, TTY (703)883-4434;

or

Laura D. McFarland, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA 22102-5090, (703) 883-4020, TTY (703)883-4020.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 16, 2009, FCA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on proposed changes to the rules governing director elections for System banks and associations and the related director elections process. See 74 FR 17612. The comment period is scheduled to expire on June 15, 2009. In a letter dated May 1, 2009, the Farm Credit Council, on behalf of System banks and associations, requested that the Agency extend the comment period for another 60 days to allow more time for the boards of directors of System banks and associations to consider the proposed rule and submit their comments. Several System associations submitted separate requests to extend the public comment period for an additional 60 days, noting that they will have only one board meeting at which to consider and discuss the issues before the comment period expires. Due to the wide-ranging effect of the proposed rule on directors, director candidates, nominating committees, and the voting shareholders of System institutions, we have granted this request. The FCA supports public involvement and participation in its regulatory process and invites all interested parties to review and provide comments on our proposed rule.

Dated: May 19, 2009

Roland E. Smith,
Secretary,
Farm Credit Administration Board.