OCC proposes rescinding its 2020 CRA rule
On September 8, the OCC announced in the Federal Register that it is soliciting comments on a proposal to rescind its 2020 Community Reinvestment Act Rule and to replace it with rules based largely on those adopted jointly by the Federal banking agencies in 1995, as amended. As previously covered by a Buckley Special Alert, the final rule, issued in May 2020, provides for at least a 27-month transition period for compliance based on a bank’s size and business mode, among other things. According to the OCC, the proposal, “would align the OCC’s CRA rules with the current Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rules and thereby facilitate the on-going interagency work to modernize the CRA regulatory framework and create consistency for all insured depository institutions.” Since many aspects of the CRA 2020 rule remain in transition and have not been implemented, the OCC anticipates that the proposed rule will have a limited impact on national banks and savings associations. According to Acting Comptroller Michael J. Hsu, the issuance “is an important step toward strengthening and modernizing the CRA,” and that the agency “is committed to working with the Federal Reserve and FDIC on a future joint rulemaking.” According to the OCC, the proposed rules would apply to all national banks and all federal and state savings associations. Comments are due by October 29.