The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published on July 15, 2016, the final 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’ CRA regulations.
The new and revised guidance addresses questions raised by bankers, community organizations, and others regarding the agencies’ CRA regulations in the following areas:
- Availability and effectiveness of retail banking services.
- Innovative or flexible lending practices.
- Community development-related issues, including: (i) economic development; (ii) community development loans and activities that revitalize or stabilize underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies; and (iii) community development services.
- Responsiveness and innovativeness of an institution’s loans, qualified investments, and community development services.
More information on the CRA Questions and Answers can be found on the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council website at http://www.ffiec.gov/.