FDIC announces launch of new examination portal
On September 5, the FDIC announced the launch of a new Banker Engagement Site (“BES”) through FDICconnect. The BES will provide a secure and efficient electronic portal through which financial institutions may exchange documents, information and communications for consumer compliance and Community Reinvestment Act examinations. BES will not be used for other FDIC examinations, including safety and soundness examinations. The announcement notes that the FDIC’s existing tool to exchange examination information, the Enterprise File Exchange, will continue to be used when the pre-planning for consumer compliance and CRA activity initiated prior to the availability of BES and also may be utilized in some additional circumstances.