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The Community Affairs Outreach team comprises 12 Community Affairs Officers (CAO) spread around the country. The CAOs are experts on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and community development (CD) financing and serve as direct connections between the agency and the banks we supervise and the communities these banks serve. Our Outreach team supports our supervision staff with CRA and CD-related examinations, helps banks better execute their CRA and CD commitments, and educate communities on bank regulation and facilitate their interactions with our financial institutions.
The Outreach team organizes outreach events throughout the United States. Often working with community affairs teams with other banking regulatory agencies, the Outreach team sponsors panels, roundtable discussions, listening sessions, and workshops about the role of banks in community development. Some of the events we organize are geared for bankers, some for community organizations, and some are a combination.
Event participants are typically bank CRA officers, lenders, staff of community groups, and local community leaders.
Our CAOs are based in each of the OCC's regions.
The CAOs support the OCC's supervision teams by helping to conduct CRA examinations, collect information on community development needs in support of these exams, and offer consultations on compliance with the CRA to OCC-supervised banks.
CAOs support the OCC's mission by
Other outreach events that Community Affairs and the CAOs have supported include NeighborWorks Week and Financial Literacy Events.
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