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A Note from the Chair

"We are also now using periodic newsletters and other communication tools to highlight information that community bankers may be interested in knowing and to provide information on how examiners will assess compliance with Federal Reserve policies. In addition to Consumer Compliance Outlook, in 2012 the Federal Reserve System established a Community Banking Connections website and quarterly newsletter to focus on safety-and-soundness issues that are of practical interest to community bankers and bank board members. The Federal Reserve also launched a series of special-purpose publications called FedLinks. These publications highlight key elements of specific supervisory topics and discuss how examiners will typically address the topic. The common goal for all of these outreach efforts is building and sustaining an ongoing dialogue with community bankers."
- Chair Janet Yellen

Community Banking Connections is more than just a website or a publication. It's your primary source for information on guidance, resources, and tools to help community banks across the United States.


The publication serves to:

  • Clarify key supervisory guidance
  • Highlight new regulations
  • Provide perspectives from bank examiners and Federal Reserve staff
  • Address challenges and concerns facing community banks and provide resources to assist them

This site hosts the online version of the Community Banking Connections publication, a nationwide Federal Reserve System resource for community banks. It also provides extensive information and real-time policy updates to ensure that community bankers have access to the important information they need to maintain safe and sound banking practices in an evolving economy.

The Community Banking Connections advisory board is made up of a number of senior leaders both within and outside Banking Supervision from the Board of Governors and seven Federal Reserve Banks. They meet regularly to discuss current challenges, trends, and key issues to ensure that each publication provides the greatest value to community banks. Learn more about the Advisory board »

First Issue 2017

Fintech: Balancing the Promise and Risks of Innovation, The Use of Evaluations in a Prudent Risk Management Framework for Real Estate Lending, Considerations for Banks Thinking About Migrating to a Dot-Bank Domain Name, The Importance of Third-Party Vendor Risk Management Programs, and more.

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System Outreach

The Federal Reserve System provides various resources for training, services, and more.

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Policy and Guidance

Connect to various Federal Reserve resources, including SR and CA Letters, regulations, request for comment on rulemaking proposals, the latest Federal Reserve System speeches, and more.

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