ICBA Urges Agencies to Extend Community Bank Leverage Ratio Flexibility

Sep 20, 2021 | Press Release
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) called on federal banking regulators to extend Community Bank Leverage Ratio flexibility given the impact of COVID-19 relief efforts on community bank capital levels.

Romero Rainey: Continue IRS reporting push

Sep 17, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey called on community bankers to continue engaging consumers against a proposal that would require banks to report customer account information to the IRS.

Credit union acquisitions demand Washington response: ICBA chairman

Sep 17, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
With the number of credit union-bank acquisitions passing 100, the time has come for policymakers to examine the credit union tax exemption, ICBA Chairman Robert Fisher writes in a new op-ed.

ICBA Opposes Proposed Changes to SBA 7(a) Program

Sep 16, 2021 | Press Release
ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey stated that ICBA and the nation’s community banks strongly oppose legislative proposals to authorize the Small Business Administration to provide direct loans through its 7(a) program,"

Grassroots continues against reconciliation tax hikes

Sep 16, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
Legislative language released this week contains ICBA-opposed tax increases that community bankers can speak out against.

Treasury push on IRS reporting shows urgency of ICBA campaign

Sep 16, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
The Treasury Department and IRS continued pressing Congress to include an ICBA-opposed IRS reporting proposal in the pending budget package—demonstrating the continued need for community bankers to enlist consumers in opposing the plan.

ICBA Statement on Fannie, Freddie Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements

Sep 15, 2021 | Press Release
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey issued the following statement on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements.

CISA - Cyber Summit set for October

Sep 15, 2021 | Sector Calls
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency announced its upcoming Fourth Annual National Cybersecurity Summit. The series of webinars every Wednesday in October will provide a forum for discussions of cybersecurity and collective action.

Embracing the new normal

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
Whenever I hear the phrase, “the new normal” I’m reminded of the seismic shift in interactions with customers over the course of the pandemic. This is even more apparent when considering this new era in payments.

Cybersecurity Safety

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
What exactly is cybersecurity? Cybersecurity, also known as information technology security, is the practice of protecting electronic systems, data, applications, and networks from the interference of the services they provide.

A Look Ahead: Payments in 2022

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
It may be hard to believe but we’re rapidly approaching the end of 2021. Given some of the significant trends and developments this year, 2022 is likely to be a pivotal year for payments as well.

Migrating to 8-Digit BINs

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
As the timeline for 8-digit bank identification number (BIN) migration approaches, it is important to stay up to date on developments and next steps in preparation for the new industry standard.

Payments Trends for 2022 Planning and Beyond

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
We are in the midst of a transformative time in payments; COVID-19 has fueled an accelerated shift to digital channels, and meanwhile, new payment rails (instant) are being deployed and starting to gain adoption for the first time in decades.

Making customer interactions personal for a digitized world

Sep 14, 2021 | Bancard Confidential | Payments Article
As in-branch visits decrease and the number of digital transactions increase, it will be more important than ever to ensure customer interactions are personalized and user friendly.

ICBA Encourages Consumers to Support Local Businesses During National Small Business Week

Sep 13, 2021 | Press Release
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is lending its voice to the thousands of organizations nationwide encouraging Americans to support locally owned businesses during National Small Business Week (Sept. 13-17).

IRS proposal draws strong consumer opposition: op-ed

Sep 13, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
A proposal to require banks to report customer account information to the IRS is eliciting strong consumer opposition, ICBA Secretary Tim Aiken wrote in a new op-ed.

OSHA developing standards for employer vaccine mandate

Sep 13, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to release new standards following President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccination and testing for private employers with 100 or more employees.

CFPB issues HMDA filing guide

Sep 13, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the Filing Instructions Guide for Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data.

New op-ed continues push against IRS reporting plan

Sep 10, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
While Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has raised concerns about the price tag of budget-reconciliation legislation, Americans are speaking out against its pending IRS reporting provision, ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey writes in a new op-ed.

ICBA pushing grassroots on reconciliation tax hikes

Sep 10, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
While ICBA’s IRS campaign continues, it is also calling on community bankers to speak out against a comprehensive package of tax increases on community banks and their customers.