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OCC Bulletin 2021-61
December 15, 2021
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Chief Executive Officers of National Banks, Federal Savings Associations, and Federal Branches; Department and Division Heads; All Examining Personnel and Other Interested Parties
On December 14, 2021, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a final rule to rescind the June 2020 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule and replace it with a rule based on the rules adopted jointly by the federal banking agencies in 1995, as amended. The final rule aligns the OCC’s CRA rules with the current Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rules and thereby facilitates the ongoing interagency work to modernize the CRA regulatory framework and create consistency for all insured depository institutions.
The final rule takes effect on January 1, 2022, with a separate compliance date of April 1, 2022, for the rule’s public file and public notice requirements.1
The final rule applies to national banks and federal and state savings associations, including community banks, covered by the CRA.
Many aspects of the OCC’s June 2020 CRA rule have not yet been implemented because of the delayed compliance dates for some of the rule’s more material components (i.e., national banks and savings associations (banks)2 have remained subject to the 1995 rules in many respects). Therefore, the OCC anticipates that the final rule will have a limited impact on banks. The final rule also has transition provisions intended to ease burdens associated with it. Specifically
Further, the OCC will afford implementation flexibility to national banks and federal savings associations to the extent permitted by the final rule and related CRA guidance (for example, the Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment) , including through the application of performance context.
Please contact Emily Boyes, Counsel, Chief Counsel’s Office, at (202) 649-5490; Vonda Eanes, Director for CRA and Fair Lending Policy; or Karen Bellesi, Director for Community Development, Bank Supervision Policy, at (202) 649-5470.
Benjamin W. McDonough
Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel
1 The OCC also is rescinding OCC Interpretive Letter 1177, which discusses affiliate activities under the June 2020 CRA rule.
2 “Banks” include insured federal branches and any federal branch that is uninsured that results from an acquisition described in section 5(a)(8) of the International Banking Act of 1978 (12 USC 3103(a)(8)).
3 Under the final rule, small banks are banks with assets of less than $1.322 billion as of December 31 of either of the past two calendar years.