Archives: 2020

FFIEC Releases CRA Peer Data

Added on December 16, 2020

UPDATE: The CRA Peer, Performance Evaluation and Market Share data is now available and can be downloaded from the support site. The 2019 CRA Aggregate and Disclosure data, used for CRA Peer analysis, was finally released on Monday, December 14. This year, like the last, there was a major delay in the release of this data for some undisclosed reason. Due to the smaller volume of this data, we typically see it released a month or so prior to the HMDA data, which was released August 30. We have completed the process of converting the data for use in Comply, Comply Peer2Peer and DataMine. The name of this file is PEERCRA19. The CRA Performance Evaluation table data was also compiled and has already been released through Auto-Updates and posted to the RATA Support Website. The name of this…

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Comply 20.01 Now Available

Added on December 10, 2020

Since the release of Comply 20.0 in late October, a few changes have been made that can affect your Comply experience. A fix to correct filtering made just prior to the release of Comply 20.0 inadvertently broke the Quick Set functionality. While there was a workaround for that using Global Set, the bigger issue was that it affected Automation in Fair Lending. Secondly, an issue surfaced where creating Peer HMDA entities using institutions with identical names was causing a duplication error. Lastly, just yesterday, the FFIEC published edit changes to CRA for the 2020 reporting year. While the edits do not affect submittable records, we took this opportunity to get them into the Comply 20.01 update. If your institution is interested in any of these changes or you have not installed the…

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Added on October 28, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) settled with Washington Federal Bank, N.A., a federally insured national bank, to address the Bureau's finding that it reported inaccurate Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data about its mortgage transactions for 2016 and 2017.  Inaccurate HMDA data can make it difficult for the public and regulators to discover and stop discrimination in home mortgage lending or for public officials and lenders to tell whether a community's credit needs are being met.  The settlement requires Washington Federal to pay a $200,000 civil money penalty and develop and implement an effective compliance-management system to prevent future violations. The Bureau found that Washington Federal, headquartered in Seattle,…

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Comply 20 Is Now Available - October 26, 2020

Added on October 26, 2020

We are happy to announce that Comply 20 is now available on our support site for download. This version of Comply contains all of the latest edit and submission changes needed to submit your 2020 HMDA and CRA data. It also contains the new 2021 reporting year so you can start to collect and prepare for the 2021 submissions as well. A changes document will be posted to the support site later today and made available on the Start Page so that you will know what is fixed, updated and added to this latest version.  Because this is a submission version, it is mandatory and critical that you do this update before performing your 2020 submission and really it should be installed at your earliest convenience so that there are no surprises with the new or updated edit checks. In addition to…

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RATA Implementing the CRA Modernization

Added on September 18, 2020

The OCC published their Final Rule changes regarding modernization of CRA data collection on May 20th and there were several changes in the ruling that can affect Comply; both in the collection of CRA-reportable data as well as assessment area analysis. While most of the rule changes are a few years away from full implementation, there are some aspects that we are moving forward with now in Comply to gain some momentum. Specifically, the upcoming release of Comply 20.0 will include a geocode attribute that denotes if a geocoded loan or loan application is within a Native Land or Tribal Area. This addition, while in the spirit of the OCC changes, could be of value to CRA reporters of other agencies as well. We are also incorporating a field in the demographic data to facilitate…

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FFIEC Releases 2020 Demographic Data

Added on August 5, 2020

RATA Associates is pleased to announce that the 2020 FFIEC demographic data is now available for all RATA Clients. If you use Auto-Updates to keep your system data up to date, you should see the new data available the next time you log in to Comply. If you don't use Auto-Updates the data will be available on the RATA Support Site to download and import. Comply links the demographics to the geocoding in the system automatically so once you update your system all new reports and views of the data are retroactive for the entire year. For those of you using our QuickPoint Web Service (QPWS) to geocode applications real-time in your LOS systems, you will only receive the new demographics from today forward since they are sent at the time the geocode is assigned. Again, this is only an issue…

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2019 HMDA Peer Data is Available

Added on June 29, 2020

The CFPB has released the 2019 national HMDA peer data as of June 24th. RATA downloaded the data and quickly began formatting it for use in the Comply software. As of today (June 29) the data is ready for release to Comply customers. RATA will not be updating the Peer website with the 2019 data. As we previously announced, we have deprecated the old Peer website and have moved all of the Peer data and analysis functionality into the Comply 19.1 software update. To download the data for use in Comply, simply go to the site and download the 2019 HMDA Peer Data file. Then import the data into Comply using the Import System Data icon on the Home Ribbon. There is a training video to show you how to download and import the data into Comply, and there is also a Peer…

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Comply Version 19.1 Update has been released

Added on May 12, 2020

Now that submission season is officially over and many of you are now analyzing data and starting your 2020 processing, we are happy to announce that a new version of Comply (version 19.1) is now available for download on our support site As usual this version contains some nice enhancements and new functionality as well as fixes to previously reported issues. A full list of enhancements and fixes can be found in our Changes document but here are some of the key new features. Key New Features (in no particular order) Date Expression in the filter designer where you can filter by quarter and month without needing a year so that these filters don't need to be copied each year to use. This is very handy for setting up non-year specific filters of your data and…

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2019 Modified LAR Data Release and Improved Peer-2-Peer in Comply

Added on April 3, 2020

As many of you may have noticed, the 2019 Modified LAR data was released by the CFPB/FFIEC on March 31st. While this information is useful for analyzing individual institution data, there is no transmittal information to help select your peer groups. If you know the name and LEI of one of your peers that you would like to analyze, you can download the individual data and load to a reporting entity in Comply. We have an Import definition that should help you with this.  The National Aggregate Dataset is the data we use to populate the Peer-2-Peer system with all of the reporters' data. This data includes the necessary respondent information in addition to the LAR data itself. We have attempted in the past to utilize this early release of the data, but what we found was that the data…

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Quarterly Submission Information for Required Institutions

Added on March 13, 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020, the 2015 HMDA Final Rule requires quarterly reporting for financial institutions that reported a combined total of at least 60,000 applications and covered loans, excluding purchased covered loans, for the preceding calendar year. Thus, in addition to their annual data submission, these larger-volume reporters will submit HMDA data for each of the first three quarters of the year on a quarterly basis.  If you meet the criteria for quarterly submissions, Comply is ready for you to begin that process. Simply follow the same processes you would for your annual submission process, perform geocoding operations, rate spread calculations, edit checks, etc...   Once you are ready to submit, simply go through the submission wizard and Comply will…

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RATA Support Hours and HMDA/CRA Submissions

Added on February 28, 2020

Hope all is going well with your HMDA and/or CRA submission(s). You have until end of day Monday, March 2nd to get your files submitted and be considered "on time". If you are still processing your file or just starting, you are really pushing it to the edge. We have been eagerly awaiting your call and most likely have already attempted to contact you to see if we can help. So if you are looking for help we have some good news and some bad news for you. First the bad news – RATA Associates is not doing support over the weekend. There just hasn't been the need or demand for it this year. But, we will point you to some reference materials below that should answer most of your questions. The good news – We still have all day Monday to help you with any problems or last-minute…

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RATA End of Year Geocode ReDo file: Please apply before submitting

Added on January 28, 2020

RATA End of Year Geocode ReDo file: Please apply before submitting

Thank you as always for using the RATA Comply software and Geocoding services to help with your HMDA and/or CRA submissions. As part of our efforts to ensure that you have the highest quality and most current geocode results for submission, we re-geocode every application that was submitted prior to January 24th to try and improve the precision codes. We go through the file to look for improvements to any geocodes based on the precision codes and then return any improved results in the Year-End (YE) geocode update file. This file should be applied to your Comply system at your earliest convenience to assure that these improved results are a part of your submission. The YE update file will only affect records submitted before January 24, 2020. If you have submitted more geocoding after…

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New and Improved RATA Support Site Unveiled

Added on January 2, 2020

Rolling into 2020, RATA has unveiled our new and improved support site.  The new site offers a more modern feel as well as tightened security features.  Feel free to stop by and check it out. We have migrated all of the old account information to the new site, but we did not keep the old passwords.  All users, the first time they log-in, will need to reset their passwords.  To do this simply click on the Forgot Password button, enter your email and the site will send you an email to enter a new password. As with all new sites, we have tested everything under normal circumstances and it all worked great, however, if you run into an issue just give us a call (407) 831-7282 and we will resolve any issues asap.  Programmers are standing by.…

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