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OCC Bulletin 2022-28 | December 29, 2022

Community Reinvestment Act: Revision of Small and Intermediate Small Bank and Savings Association Asset Thresholds

To

Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks, Federal Savings Associations, and Federal Branches and Agencies; Department and Division Heads; All Examining Personnel; and Other Interested Parties

Summary

Today the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announces revisions to the asset-size threshold amounts used to define "small bank or savings association" and "intermediate small bank or savings association" under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. The thresholds—which apply to any national bank, federal savings association, or state savings association (collectively, bank)1—become effective on January 1, 2023. This bulletin adjusts the threshold amounts based on the annual percentage change in a measure of the Consumer Price Index.

Note for Community Banks

The bulletin applies to all national banks and federal savings associations subject to evaluation under the CRA.

Highlights

Beginning January 1, 2023, a bank that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.503 billion is a "small bank or savings association" under the CRA regulations. A "small bank or savings association" with assets of at least $376 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.503 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years is an "intermediate small bank or savings association" under the CRA regulations.

Background

The CRA regulation provides that banks are evaluated under different CRA examination procedures based on their asset-size threshold amounts. For calendar year 2022, the OCC's CRA regulations defined a "small bank or savings association" as an institution with assets of less than $1.384 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years. A "small bank or savings association" with assets of at least $346 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.384 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years is an "intermediate small bank or savings association" under the CRA regulations.

The OCC is required to publish annual adjustments to the asset-size thresholds based on the year-to-year change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), not seasonally adjusted, for each 12-month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest million (12 CFR 25.12(u)(2)).

During the period ending November 2022, the CPI-W increased by 8.60 percent. The OCC has adjusted the dollar thresholds in 12 CFR 25.12(u)(1) to reflect the increased CPI-W. Beginning January 1, 2023, a bank that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.503 billion is a "small bank or savings association." A "small bank or savings association" with assets of at least $376 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years and less than $1.503 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years is an "intermediate small bank or savings association."

For further information about how these revised asset-size thresholds are applied, visit the CRA page on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's website.

Further Information

Please contact Lauren Zelechowski, Counsel, Chief Counsel's Office, at (312) 360-8800; or Vonda Eanes, Director for CRA and Fair Lending Policy, Compliance Risk Policy Division, at (202) 649-5470.

 

Benjamin W. McDonough
Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel

1 The OCC's CRA rulemaking authority includes state savings associations. 12 USC 2905.