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Joint Release
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Office of Thrift Supervision

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2008

Agencies Release Annual CRA Asset-Size Threshold Adjustments for Small and Intermediate Small Institutions

The federal bank regulatory agencies today announced the annual adjustment to the asset-size thresholds used to define "small bank," "small savings association," "intermediate small bank," and "intermediate small savings association” under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations. The annual adjustments for banks are required by the 2005 CRA regulatory amendments and for savings associations by the OTS 2007 CRA regulatory amendments.

Annual adjustments to these asset-size thresholds are based on the year-to-year change in the average of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, not seasonally adjusted, for each twelve-month period ending in November, with rounding to the nearest million.

As a result of the 4.49% increase in the CPI index for the period ending in November 2008, the definitions of small and intermediate small institutions for CRA examinations will change as follows:

  • "Small bank" or "small savings association" means an institution that, as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years, had assets of less than $1.109 billion.
  • "Intermediate small bank" or "intermediate small savings association" means a small institution with assets of at least $277 million as of December 31 of both of the prior two calendar years, and less than $1.109 billion as of December 31 of either of the prior two calendar years.

These asset-size threshold adjustments are effective January 1, 2009. The agencies will publish the adjustments in the Federal Register. In addition, the agencies will post a list of the current and historical asset-size thresholds on the Web site of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (http://www.ffiec.gov/cra).

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Attachment:
Community Reinvestment Act Regulations (PDF Help)

FDIC-PR-140-2008

Media Contacts:

Federal Reserve Susan Stawick (202) 452-2955
FDICDavid Barr(202) 898-6992
OCCDean DeBuck(202) 874-5770
OTSWilliam Ruberry(202) 906-6677



Last Updated 12/17/2008 communications@fdic.gov