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FILs Regulatory Relief: Guidance to Help Financial Institutions and to Facilitate Recovery in A…

June 21, 2017 / Source: FDIC

Financial Institution Letters

June 19, 2017

Printable Format:

FIL-23-2017 - PDF (PDF Help)


The FDIC has announced a series of steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and to facilitate recovery in areas of Arkansas affected by severe weather.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Total Assets under $1 Billion: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised financial institutions.


  • Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding caused significant property damage in areas of Arkansas from April 26 to May 19, 2017.
  • A federal disaster for selected areas in Arkansas was declared on June 15, 2017. Additional designations may be made after damage assessments are completed in the affected areas. A current list of designated areas is available at
  • The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers experiencing difficulties beyond their control because of damage caused by the severe weather.
  • Extending repayment terms, restructuring existing loans, or easing terms for new loans, if done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices, can contribute to the welfare of the local community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution.
  • Banks may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.
  • The FDIC will consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

Continuation of FIL-23-2017

Suggested Distribution:

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings) in Arkansas

Suggested Routing:

Chief Executive Officer
Compliance Officer
Chief Lending Officer

Related Topics:

Publishing Requirements
Consumer Laws
Community Reinvestment Act


Assistant Regional Director Joseph Meade at (972) 761-2068 or


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