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Volume 7, Issue 4, 2007   Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Toolkit Offers Online Resources for CRA Officers

In 2007, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)  celebrated three decades of increasing access to credit and capital for low- and moderate-income areas. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) calculates that financial institutions have made CRA-related commitments of more than $4.6 trillion in loans and investments to underserved neighborhoods since the CRA's enactment in 1977.

As part of the ongoing training for financial institutions, the federal regulators—Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas—collaborated on a series of three CRA officer workshops across Texas in late 2007. The workshops were popular, registering over 150 CRA officers from across the country.

When the evaluations were reviewed, one topic that was especially well-received and, according to attendees, merited more public attention was the CRA Toolkit. This interactive module helps CRA officers develop a CRA strategy for their bank or thrift. The following resources are some of the toolkit's more popular websites, which can assist CRA officers as they prepare for the CRA exam.

These are just some of the online resources that can be useful for engaging in CRA activities.

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e-Perspectives, Volume 7, Issue 4, 2007

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