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OCC Head Has Ideas to Help Smaller Banks

When it comes to regulatory reform, smaller community banks should be a prime concern, according to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika. Noreika said as much in his address of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Thursday. He also laid out several steps lawmakers can take to lower barriers of entry and expand opportunities for community banks across the country.

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Agencies Release CRA-Eligible List

Close to 5,000 U.S. areas are eligible for consideration under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), according to a list released by several government agencies on Wednesday. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released their joint list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies today, which pinpoints the thousands of low- and moderate-income CRA-eligible communities across the nation. Enacted in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act encourages banks to better meet the needs of the communities in which they operate.

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Loan Processing Could Slow Due to Appraiser Shortage

Due to a shortage of licensed and certified appraisers, major national financial regulatory agencies have issued an advisory to help reduce delays in the consideration of loan applications in rural communities. Since loans cannot be executed without appraisals, the advisory outlines two options to remedy the problem. The FDIC has suggested that states issue temporary practice permits and engage in reciprocity, or that effected institutions submit a request temporary waivers to set aside licensing requirements.

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Acting Comptroller Addresses Agency

Following the stepping down of Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry on Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appointed Keith Noreika as Acting Comptroller and designated him the First Deputy Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). On Monday, Noreika held his first address to OCC employees, expressing his eagerness to learn the agency.

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Keeping FinTechs Litigation-Free

With traditional lending systems such as banks not meeting the needs of consumers, fintechs and online lending platforms have become a much more valuable resource for investors and consumers. Fintechs can use non-traditional data to underwriting and lending techniques to assess the credit worthiness of loan applicants using online information gleaned from social media, etc., notably loan applicants that may appear as “credit invisible” to other institutions. However, this "alternative data" brings security risks.

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State Regulators Sue OCC Over Fintech Charter

When the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an update to its Licensing Manual, which allows for FinTech companies to receive bank charter, the decision was met with some criticism. On Wednesday, The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced that it has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the OCC, claiming that the attempt to create a national nonbank charter will harm markets, innovation, and consumers.

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OCC Releases Results of Wells Fargo Review

According to a new report from the OCC, there were many lessons learned through the agency’s supervision of Wells Fargo during recent controversy. Failure to respond timely to known issues, ineffective communication, and unclear records were just a few of the problems cited. The agency is currently working to address all weaknesses identified.

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Preparing OCC for the Future

Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry touched on a few of the ways the OCC is preparing for the future during his speech at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Among the agency’s recent developments Curry mentioned were: the Office of Innovation, the Compliance and Community Affairs Department, and a supplement regarding FinTech national bank charters. The OCC is soliciting comments on the supplement through April 14.

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OCC Rates Wells Fargo, While the Bank Settles Suit

Wells Fargo announced an agreement in principal to settle a class action lawsuit, regarding claims that Wells Fargo opened accounts without the consent of its customers. This comes on the heels of the announcement of the bank's Community Reinvestment Act Rating (CRA), in which it received high scores, despite an overall score of "needs improvement."

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