Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it is seeking comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking that would introduce additional public disclosure requirements for the Enterprise Regulatory Capital Framework (ERCF) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).
The proposed rule would implement quarterly quantitative and qualitative disclosure requirements for the Enterprises related to regulatory capital instruments, risk-weighted assets calculated under the ERCF’s standardized approach, and risk management policies and procedures.
“These additional public disclosure requirements are intended to promote market discipline and prudent risk management practices at the Enterprises,” said FHFA Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson. “These changes also will provide market participants with more information to assess an Enterprise’s risks and capital adequacy. In addition the proposed changes increase the transparency of the safety and soundness of the Enterprises while decreasing risk to the U.S. taxpayers.”
The deadline for the Enterprises to comply with the disclosure requirements outlined in the proposed rule is six months from publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.
FHFA invites comments on the proposed rule within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted electronically or via mail to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of General Counsel, Attention: Comments/RIN 2590-AB18, 400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20219.