For many years bankers have wondered if there is a safe harbor under the various CRA tests but regulators would never comment on or disclose anything in response to questions about this matter. However, the 2020 NPR issued by the FDIC and the OCC and the 2020 ANPR proposed a concept the regulators called "comparators" that established a bright line for minimum performance that would rate as "satisfactory" performance for CRA examination purposes. Listen to CRA expert Len Suzio explain what the concept entails and how it would be calculated. Although not yet adopted, it gives insight into what Len describes as the "unofficial" performance standards.
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