Community Banking News

  • OCC issues CRA final rule

    May 21, 2020
    The OCC released its final rule to reform Community Reinvestment Act regulations. Because the FDIC and Federal Reserve declined to sign on to the rule, it will apply only to national banks and savings associations.
  • FHFA reissues capital proposal for Fannie, Freddie

    May 21, 2020
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency reissued a proposed rule to establish a new regulatory capital framework for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would require the government-sponsored enterprises to hold a combined $240 billion in capital after they are released from conservatorship.
  • SBA issues interim rule on deadline extensions

    May 21, 2020
    The Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule extending the repayment date for the Paycheck Protection Program certification safe harbor.

Press Releases

  • ICBA, AIR, and The Venture Center Team Up to Tackle Next Phase of PPP Process

    May 21, 2020
    The Independent Community Bankers of America, in partnership with AIR, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation, and The Venture Center, today presented 12 high-impact fintech solutions tailored to help community banks navigate the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for their small business customers
  • ICBA Issues Recommendations for Next Stimulus Package

    May 21, 2020
    The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today provided comprehensive recommendations for Congress to consider including in the next legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic
  • ICBA Statement on Community Reinvestment Act Reform Rule

    May 20, 2020
    Independent Community Bankers of America President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey released the following statement on today's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency final rule to reform Community Reinvestment Act regulations.

Main Street Matters

  • SBA Issues New Guidance on PPP Lending

    May 23, 2020
    The Small Business Administration last night issued two interim final rules on Paycheck Protection Program requirements.
  • SBA Issues Needed Guidance on Processing Fees, Form 1502

    May 21, 2020
    The Small Business Administration just released long-sought guidance on submitting the initial SBA Form 1502 for Paycheck Protection Program loans. Lenders are required to submit the form to report on PPP loans and collect the processing fees on fully disbursed loans.
  • Safeguarding Against Fraud in a COVID-19 Era

    May 20, 2020
    Despite numerous warnings from the FBI, IRS and others, fraudsters are capitalizing on the pandemic to take advantage of consumers, highlighting the importance of community banks in supporting their customers in their battle against this opportunistic fraud.
Independent Banker May 2020

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