(a)Definitions. For purposes of this section, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Board” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
(2) “Consumer complaint” means an allegation by or on behalf of an individual, group of individuals, or other entity that a particular act or practice of a State member bank is unfair or deceptive, or in violation of a regulation issued by the Board pursuant to a Federal statute, or in violation of any other act or regulation under which the bank must operate. Unless the context indicates otherwise, “complaint” shall be construed to mean a “consumer complaint” for purposes of this section.
(3) “State member bank” means a bank that is chartered by a State and is a member of the Federal Reserve System.
(b)Submission of complaints. (1) Any consumer having a complaint regarding a State member bank is invited to submit it to the Federal Reserve System. The complaint should be submitted in writing, if possible, and should include the following information:
(i) A description of the act or practice that is thought to be unfair or deceptive, or in violation of existing law or regulation, including all relevant facts;
(ii) The name and address of the State member bank that is the subject of the complaint; and
(iii) The name and address of the complainant.
(2) Consumer complaints should be made to—Federal Reserve Consumer Help Center, P.O. Box 1200, Minneapolis, MN 55480, Toll-free number: (888) 851-1920, Fax number: (877) 888-2520, TDD number: (877) 766-8533, E-mail address: ConsumerHelp@FederalReserve.gov, Web site address: www.federalreserveconsumerhelp.gov.
(c)Response to complaints. Within 15 business days of receipt of a written complaint by the Board or a Federal Reserve Bank, a substantive response or an acknowledgment setting a reasonable time for a substantive response will be sent to the individual making the complaint.
(d)Referrals to other agencies. Complaints received by the Board or a Federal Reserve Bank regarding an act or practice of an institution other than a State member bank will be forwarded to the Federal agency having jurisdiction over that institution.