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FDIC announces Georgia disaster relief

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues FDIC Disaster Relief Consumer Finance

On January 20, the FDIC issued FIL-05-2023 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Georgia affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on January 12. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the storms and encouraged institutions to work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements and instructs institutions to contact the Atlanta Regional Office for consideration.

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