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The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations. It was enacted by Congress in 1977 (12 U.S.C. 2901) and is implemented by Regulation BB (12 CFR 228).

The CRA requires that each depository institution’s record in helping meet the credit needs of its entire community be evaluated periodically by the appropriate federal financial supervisory agency. A bank’s CRA performance record is taken into account when considering an institution’s application for deposit facilities.

Search for the performance evaluations of state member banks examined by the Federal Reserve, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, on the Board’s performance evaluation database.

The performance evaluations for banks not supervised by the Federal Reserve are also available:

Interagency information about the CRA is available from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).

Supervision, Credit Risk, and Statistics

Cleveland Fed employees in Supervision, Credit Risk, and Statistics (SCS) assist the Bank in promoting the safety and soundness of financial institutions in our region, regulating the nation’s banking and financial structure, and enforcing laws and regulations.

Supervision and Regulation

As part of the nation’s central bank, the Cleveland Fed supervises and regulates financial institutions in the Cleveland Fed’s region. Our employees in Supervision and Regulation promote a safe and sound banking system, foster financial market stability, and support compliance with laws and regulations, including those relating to consumer protection.

Credit Risk

Credit Risk employees provide liquidity to the banking system, work to avoid losses that undermine the integrity of payment systems or the credibility of the Federal Reserve System, and facilitate the implementation of monetary policy.

Statistics and Analysis

Teams in Statistics and Analysis support monetary policymaking, supervision and regulation, and fiscal agency responsibilities through collecting, analyzing, and ensuring the quality of financial and banking structure information.

Community Development

Working from three cities—Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati—our Cleveland Fed Community Development team promotes the economic resilience and mobility of low- and moderate-income (LMI) people and communities throughout our District.