Regulators adopt Fair Debt Collection Practices Act exam procedures

Dec 16, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Task Force on Consumer Compliance adopted revised examination procedures for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and its implementing Regulation F.

N.Y. banking agency issues crypto guidance

Dec 16, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The New York Department of Financial Services released guidance for New York-regulated banking organizations that wish to engage in virtual currency-related activities.

ICBA op-ed: FDIC should draw down assessment rate increase

Dec 13, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
With the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes hastening the normalization of deposits, the FDIC should respond by quickly drawing down its assessment rate increase, ICBA Chairman Brad Bolton wrote in a new op-ed.

FS-ISAC spotlights Cuba ransomware, smash-and-grab mitigation

Dec 13, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s latest weekly risk summary spotlights the recent Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Cuba ransomware variants.

Grassroots needed on cannabis banking, Durbin Amendment

Dec 13, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
While the National Defense Authorization Act excludes ICBA-advocated cannabis banking legislation and ICBA-opposed language to expand the Durbin Amendment, the debate over both initiatives continues.

New ICBA Polling Shows Consumer Opposition to Bill That Would End Credit Card Rewards Programs

Dec 13, 2022 | Press Release
As Congress considers controversial legislation to apply routing restrictions to credit card transactions — which would end popular credit card rewards programs — the Independent Community Bankers of America released new polling conducted by Morning Consult indicating consumers oppose the policy change.

CFPB: TILA doesn’t preempt N.Y. disclosure law

Dec 9, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a preliminary determination that the Truth in Lending Act does not preempt a New York state law requiring commercial financing disclosures.

ICBA’s Romero Rainey, Merski Again Named  Top Lobbyists by The Hill

Dec 7, 2022 | Press Release
ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and ICBA Group Executive Vice President of Congressional Relations and Strategy Paul Merski are featured on The Hill’s 2022 list of the top Washington advocates in the nation.

ICBA urges passage of new Senate bill to close ILC loophole

Dec 7, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA expressed strong support for the introduction of Senate legislation to close the industrial loan company loophole.

Grassroots heating up as lame-duck Congress winds down

Dec 7, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
As Congress considers must-pass end-of-year legislation, ICBA is calling on community bankers to contact their members of Congress on top advocacy priorities.

CFPB issues guidance on HMDA enforcement following court ruling

Dec 7, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act enforcement guidance following a recent court ruling vacating its 2020 HMDA final rule.

Financial Services and Consumer Groups Support Senate Bill to Close Industrial Loan Company Loophole

Dec 6, 2022
Today, a broad coalition of financial services and consumer organizations expressed support for new legislation to close the industrial loan company (ILC) charter loophole, the "Close the Shadow Banking Loophole Act."

ICBA Urges Senate to Pass Newly Introduced Bill to Close ILC Loophole

Dec 6, 2022 | Press Release
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today expressed its strong support for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown's (D-Ohio) introduction of the Close the Shadow Banking Loophole Act to close the industrial loan company loophole, which allows companies to skirt regulatory oversight and violates U.S. policy separating banking and commerce.

ICBA: PPP report validates that community banks are superior alternative to nonbanks

Dec 5, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA said a congressional report on financial technology participants in the Paycheck Protection Program validates that community banks were the unequivocal leaders of the U.S. economic recovery during the pandemic.

Grassroots key as Senate cannabis banking debate ramps up

Dec 5, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
With the debate over ICBA-advocated cannabis banking legislation picking up as some policymakers express concerns and others confidence in the bill's passage, ICBA is urging community bankers to continue speaking out to their members of Congress.

ICBA, groups urge Congress to oppose SBA's proposed 7(a) changes

Dec 5, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA and other groups called on Congress to oppose Small Business Administration proposals to detrimentally reform its 7(a) lending program.

ICBA: Congressional Report Validates That Community Banks Are a Superior Alternative to Nonbank Lenders

Dec 2, 2022 | Press Release
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey issued the following statement on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis’s report regarding the role of financial technology companies in facilitating a disproportionately high rate of fraudulent and otherwise ineligible loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Community bank net income rises 13.5% in Q3

Dec 2, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
Community banks reported a 13.5% increase in net income during the third quarter from the previous quarter and a 3.9% increase from a year ago, according to the FDIC's latest Quarterly Banking Profile.

ICBA to regulators: Ensure CRA reform minimizes new burdens

Dec 2, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
With FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg telling Congress this week that he expects regulators to release a final rule modernizing Community Reinvestment Act regulations during the early part of next year, ICBA reiterated its call for the federal banking agencies to issue a uniform rule that minimizes new data collection and reporting burdens for community banks.

Lawmakers urge FHFA to align capital standards with banking agencies

Dec 2, 2022 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA expressed support for a new bipartisan letter from members of Congress urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency to align its capital rules with those of federal banking regulators to avoid penalizing community banks for supporting local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.