OCC Bulletin 2010-39| October 18, 2010

Community Reinvestment Act: Joint Final Rule


Chief Executive Officers and Compliance Officers of All National Banks, Department and Division Heads, and All Examining Personnel

On October 4, 2010, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Office of Thrift Supervision (the agencies) jointly published in the Federal Register a final rule revising their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations.

The rule implements two statutory provisions of the CRA. First, it implements the statutory requirement that the agencies consider low-cost education loans provided by a financial institution to low-income borrowers when assessing an institution's record of meeting community credit needs.

Second, the rule incorporates into the agencies' regulations the statutory provision that allows the agencies to consider capital investment, loan participation, and other ventures undertaken by nonminority- and nonwomen-owned financial institutions in cooperation with minority- and women-owned financial institutions and low-income credit unions as a factor when assessing an institution's CRA record. The agencies included this provision as guidance in their "Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment," most recently published in the Federal Register on March 11.

The effective date of this joint final rule is November 3.

You may direct any questions to your supervisory office or OCC Compliance Division (202) 649-5470.

Ann F. Jaedicke
Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Policy

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