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01/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2019 17:31

CBA Writes Prudentials on Shutdown Assistance Programs for Customers

CBA Writes Prudentials on Shutdown Assistance Programs for Customers

CBA outlines assistance programs, Thanks agencies for regulatory guidance

WASHINGTON - Consumer Bankers Association President and CEO Richard Hunt today wrote prudential regulators outlining the assistance programs banks are proactively offering customers impacted by the partial government shutdown. The letter also thanked regulators for offering guidance similar to that issued during previous shutdowns.

'Consumer Bankers Association member institutions work with customers facing hardships - whether manmade or natural - every day. Banks are working with customers on a one-on-one basis as the partial government shutdown continues and federal employees, through no fault of their own, begin missing paychecks and small businesses are not able to access Small Business Administration loans,' Hunt wrote. 'We know federal employees had no role in this shutdown, neither did banks. As with so many other issues ranging from wildfires, floods and hurricanes to data breaches at retail giants, banks are the ones on the front lines helping make it right for their customers.'

Hunt thanked regulators for the guidance issued today, noting it 'will enable banks to do more for their customers impacted by this partial shutdown.'

Regulators this afternoon issued a joint statement noting, 'Prudent workout arrangements that are consistent with safe-and-sound lending practices … should not be subject to examiner criticism.' This guidance, Hunt said, 'will enable banks to do more for their customers impacted by this partial shutdown.'

Since the partial shutdown began on December 22, 2018, banks have offered furloughed federal workers a variety of assistance, including:

  • Deferments;
  • Temporary hardship programs;
  • Automatically waiving or refunding overdraft and monthly service fees;
  • Increasing overdraft limits;
  • Offering access to certificates of deposit without penalty;
  • Providing loan payment assistance;
  • Suspending collection calls; and,
  • Streamlining unsecured loans.

A full copy of the letter is available here.

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