Community Reinvestment Act Reform: A Close Look at the Final Rule

December 28, 2023
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On October 24, 2023, the OCC, FDIC and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System jointly adopted final amendments to their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA). In this episode, which repurposes a webinar, we are joined by guest speaker Kenneth H. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder/CEO of Community Development Fund Advisors. After reviewing the background of the adoption of the CRA and implementing rules by the banking agencies, we discuss the key elements of the final rule. We look at the requirement for banks to delineate assessment areas in which their CRA performance will be evaluated, the tests under which banks’ CRA performance will be evaluated, the strategic plan option, and data collection and reporting requirements. In discussing the final rule’s requirements, we also consider how they apply to banks of different sizes. Throughout our discussion, Dr. Thomas provides his commentary on the final rule’s impact on the goals of CRA and CRA evaluations.

Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, leads the discussion, joined by Scott Coleman, a partner in the Group, and Sarah Dannecker, an associate in the Group.

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