Community Banking

ABA Seeks Letters to Congress on Pending Legislation

ABA is asking bankers to write their senators and representatives to enlist their support for several bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks as part of ABA’s Agenda for America’s Hometown Banks: ​Data security. This alert urges senators to co-sponsor S. 921, which would strengthen data security standards for all players and recognize the high standards already employed by the banking ...

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ABA Supports Bills on Rural Designations, SEC Registration Threshold

ABA today wrote to Congress to urge support of two recently introduced bills. S. 871, introduced by Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would establish a process for designating an area rural for purposes of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau exemptions. It is a companion to a bill that the House passed recently by a ...

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ABA-Advocated Exam Fairness Bill Introduced in House

Joined by 29 bipartisan cosponsors, Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) yesterday introduced H.R. 1941, which would help address ongoing concerns about the lack of consistency and quality in the bank examination process.

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​FDIC’s Hoenig Adds Weight to Tailored Regulatory Approach

FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig today became the latest regulator to emphasize the need to tailor regulations to suit banks’ risk profiles and business models, suggesting several ways that regulatory burdens could thus be lightened for “the vast majority of commercial banks.”

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​Curry Highlights Role of Banks in Stopping Elder Fraud

Banks play a critical role in identifying financial fraud and protecting their older customers against related losses, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry said in a speech Friday in Washington, D.C. He noted that bankers are helping to flag elder fraud by filing Suspicious Activity Reports with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, as well as by enhancing training and improving marketing and education materials to raise awareness of fraud schemes.

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