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CBA is an acknowledged industry leader in the areas of Community Reinvestment, affordable lending, and community and economic development. As an association, through the Community Reinvestment Committee, CBA has significant influence in the development of revisions to CRA and amendments to the CRA Q&A, which interprets the regulations. One of CBA’s priorities is to encourage the agencies to maintain CRA as a sustainable business of banking, reflecting the reality of community development.
- June 15, 2018On Friday, June 15, 2018, the OCC issued a bulletin informing national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies (collectively, banks) about clarifications to OCC supervisory policies and processes regarding how examiners evaluate and communicate bank performance under the CRA. The OCC has clarified and simplified these policies and processes to promote the...June 8, 2018TESTIFYING ON CAPITOL HILL MY TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE – I WAS ON CAPITOL HILL ON WEDNESDAY TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE HOUSE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON WAYS TO DEPOLITICIZE AND BRING TRANSPARENCY TO THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, CBA AND OUR MEMBERS SUPPORT THE MISSION OF THE BUREAU. THERE ARE...June 1, 2018My Visit to Huntington Bank – I always enjoy visiting with CBA members and this week I had the pleasure to meet with the folks at Huntington Bank. First and foremost, they are a great group of bankers who work tirelessly on behalf of their customers. We had a lively discussion on the regulatory environment, small-dollar rulemaking, M&A activity and bank innovation. I was glad CBA Board Member...May 4, 2018D.C. MEMORIAL DAY SHOT CLOCK What’s on the D.C. Docket ahead of Memorial Day? – Here is your cheat sheet to guide you through the month: Monday RFI Deadline –The BCFP RFI process continues with comments on administrative adjudications (May 7), enforcement processes (May 14), supervision processes (May 21) and external engagements (May 28) due this month. CBA will be submitting comment on these...April 6, 2018CFPB UPDATE Acting CFPB Director Mulvaney Seeks Changes to Agency – In the CFPB’s semi-annual report released on Monday, Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney called on Congress to establish “meaningful accountability” at the CFPB by enacting four key changes: Fund the Bureau through Congressional appropriations. [CBA Note: Currently, under Dodd-Frank, the CFPB receives its funding directly from the...April 3, 2018WASHINGTON — Bank regulators are gearing up to modernize their policy on Community Reinvestment Act enforcement, but the CRA reform effort appeared to benefit from a jump-start Tuesday thanks to the Treasury Department. Industry representatives, analysts and consumer advocates all praised the Treasury report recommending a slew of CRA reforms that could serve as a jumping off point for regulators...April 3, 2018WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Bankers Association President and CEO Richard Hunt issued the following statement after the Department of Treasury issued its memorandum and recommended changes on the Community Reinvestment Act: “We welcome the Department of Treasury’s recommendations for modernizing a decades old law, last revised when mobile phones and digital technologies were in their infancy. The...April 3, 2018The Trump administration kicked off plans to revamp lending rules in lower-income communities with a proposal that would make it easier for banks to comply with a decades-old law that has long confounded the industry. The Treasury Department, in a memo released Tuesday, said the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act hasn’t kept pace with the evolving banking sector. The law, which was passed to stop “...March 14, 2018Orlando, Florida (March 14, 2017) – The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) today presented the eighth annual Joe Belew Award to Discover Bank for its Bank on Wheels program and PNC Bank for its Community Connections Center. This year, the award honors CBA member banks with the most innovative and impactful program serving underbanked and unbanked consumers. The winners were selected by CBA’s...February 22, 2018On Thursday, February 22, 2018, CBA met with Treasury staff to discuss their upcoming report on nonbank financial companies. This report is part of the Treasury’s effort to implement the President’s Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System. Treasury stated the report would cover consumer lending, servicing, payment and settlements, wealth management, and data...