No inflation adjustment for national bank assessments – but hourly special exam fees will rise a bit

No inflation adjustment for assessment rates by the national bank regulator will be applied in 2022, the agency announced Wednesday; however, the agency is raising – by $5 – the hourly fee it charges for special investigations and exams.

In Bulletin 2021-58, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) outlines the assessment schedule for the upcoming new year. Assessments are due March 31 and Sept. 30, based on call report information submitted as of Dec. 31 and June 30; they pay for the agency’s general operations.

The agency did choose to increase the hourly fee for special examinations and investigations to $155 from $150. The increase, the OCC said, is to ensure adequacy in recovering the costs of conducting those actions.

The surcharge will continue that the agency includes for national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks that require increased supervisory resources, the agency said.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Fees and Assessments : Calendar Year 2022 Fees and Assessments Structure