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OCC releases FAQs on proposal to rescind 2020 CRA rule

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance OCC Federal Reserve FDIC CRA Bank Regulatory

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On October 26, the OCC issued responses to frequently asked questions on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind its 2020 Community Reinvestment Act Rule (2020 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 InfoBytes, the OCC noted it intends to align the agency’s CRA rules with current Federal Reserve Board and FDIC rules, “thereby facilitat[ing] the on-going interagency work to modernize the CRA regulatory framework and create consistency for all insured depository institutions.” The FAQs discuss the rulemaking process and provide a general timeline on the transition from the 2020 Rule. The FAQs also answer questions concerning: (i) CRA bank-type determinations; (ii) qualifying activity determinations; (iii) the qualifying activity confirmation request system; (iv) the transition period for tracking activities that qualify under the 2020 Rule but would not qualify should the 1995 rules be reinstated; (v) examination administration; (vii) assessment areas; (vii) targeted geographic areas; (viii) strategic plans; and (ix) submitting public comments.

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