March 18 - The federal bank regulatory agencies have requested comment on proposed revisions to "Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment." The Questions and Answers document provides additional guidance to financial institutions and the public on the agencies' Community Reinvestment Act regulations.
The proposed revisions focus primarily on community development. Community development activities are considered as part of the CRA performance tests for large institutions, intermediate small institutions and wholesale and limited purpose institutions. Small institutions may use community development activity to receive consideration toward an outstanding CRA rating. Among other things, the proposed amendments would:
Comments will be due 60 days after that publication, which is expected shortly.
For more information on the CRA, including these Questions and Answers and the agencies' CRA regulations, visit the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council website at www.ffiec.gov/cra.
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