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Regulatory Relief
Guidance to Help Financial Institutions and Facilitate Recovery in the Territory of American Samoa, Affected by an Earthquake, Tsunami and Flooding
October 1, 2009

Summary: The FDIC has announced a series of steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in the territory of American Samoa, where an earthquake, a tsunami and flooding have caused severe property damage and casualties.

  • An earthquake, a tsunami and flooding that began on September 29, 2009, have caused significant property damage and casualties in the territory of American Samoa.
  • A federal disaster was declared on September 29, 2009.
  • The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers experiencing difficulties beyond their control because of damage caused by these disasters.
  • Extending repayment terms, restructuring existing loans, or easing terms for new loans, if done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices, can contribute to the health of the community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution.
  • The FDIC also will consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
in the territory of American Samoa

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
Compliance Officer
Chief Lending Officer

Related Topics:
Publishing Requirements
Consumer Laws

Supervisory Practices Regarding Depository Institutions And Borrowers Affected By Earthquake, Tsunami and Flooding in the Territory of American Samoa - PDF (PDF Help)

Acting Assistant Regional Director Joseph Hull at (415) 808-8029 or JHull@fdic.gov

Printable Format:
FIL-60-2009 - PDF (PDF Help)

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Last Updated 10/1/2009 communications@fdic.gov