FDIC Fair Lending Topics Teleconference
Earlier this week the FDIC held one of their Banker Teleconference Series on Fair Lending Topics. The teleconference was broken into four sections: an overview of the fair lending exam process, criteria interviews and statistical analysis, third party providers and fair lending risk and best practices. You can find a link to the complete presentation at the bottom of this blog post. For the purposes of this blog, the focus is on the FDIC’s eleven fair lending best practices because they suggest areas an institution should be particularly aware of as they build their fair lending program or as they review their program in preparation for an upcoming exam. In other words, the bank should be able to demonstrate/show to an examiner:
- Commitment of Board and Senior Management to a compliance management program as well as provide the necessary resources for the compliance function to do its job.
- Proper documentation of all of the institution’s activities.
- Consistent policies and procedures for the pre-application and application processes.
- An effective fair lending risk assessment consistent with the size and complexity of the institution that reduces fair lending risk.
- Perform Self-tests and self-evaluations as appropriate for the institution. Self-tests are based on newly created data such as the data created during mystery shopping while self-evaluations manipulate existing data. When you analyze denial disparity ratios to assess underwriting risk, this is a self-evaluation.
- Knowledge of your data by performing analyses to look for potential fair lending concerns.
- Knowledge of your products by being actively involved early in the product development cycle to eliminate any fair lending risks.
- A second review process to help eliminate fair lending risk by ensuring that all credit decisions are consistent with policies and procedures and not made on a prohibited basis.
- Avoidance of discouraging applicants by not using discouraging comments, not requiring personal information early in the loan process and not making inconsistent referrals.
- Avoid of potential steering by explaining loan options to the customer and the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
- The existence of a fair lending training that is a regular part of your fair lending compliance program.
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