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OKBanker Direct

April 2020

  • April 23, 2020

    Preparing for round two of the PPP

    Breaking news from the ABA: The House is expected this afternoon to approve the bill providing an additional $320 billion in funding for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. The president will sign it expeditiously, and the Treasury has said it will work to get the appropriation to SBA ASAP. We therefore expect the E-Tran system to be reopened as early …

  • April 16, 2020

    Call Congress now; urge additional PPP funding

    As you know, the SBA today officially announced that it has exhausted its $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program funding. Since Oklahoma bankers know better than most how critically important it is for Congress to authorize additional funds for this program, we urge you to make a direct appeal to congressional leadership. Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, …

  • April 16, 2020

    PPP funds depleted; talking points for bankers to customers

    As of the morning of April 16, the funds for the Paycheck Protection Program have been depleted. While we expect Congress to appropriate more funds for the PPP soon, in the meantime the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department will not be processing any more loan requests through the PPP. “There is currently a bill being discussed in congress that …

  • April 10, 2020

    Guidance released on PPP loans to bank directors

    The following question was asked: Please provide guidance on how to proceed with directors of banks receiving PPP loans under Reg O. Here is the response from the SBA: 13 CFR 120.110(a)(15) (currently 120.110(0)) – prohibiting loans to businesses in which the Lender or CDC, or any of its Associates owns an equity interest. The business is eligible but it …

  • April 9, 2020

    SBA code for Oklahoma district office is 0680

    Many bankers have asked where they can find their SBA Code/Authorization code. The SBA has just confirmed that the “Authorization Code” is the local SBA District Office Code. The SBA Office Code for the Oklahoma District Office is 0680.

  • April 6, 2020

    PPP system down to make system upgrades

    The OBA just received word the PPP system is temporarliy down to make system upgrades. We are told it will be back up soon; however, we do not know an exact time frame. Keep sending us (; questions about any issues that are making it difficult to participate in the PPP and we’ll do our very best to get …

  • April 4, 2020

    FAQs regarding participation of faith-based organizations in the PPP and EIDL

    There have been many questions regarding participation of faith-based organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). Click here to view an SBA document addressing frequently asked questions.

November 2019

  • November 7, 2019

    CFPB director to meet with OBA-member banks

    (includes updated time) CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger will make her first visit to Oklahoma City on Nov. 14 to do a number of things, which includes a briefing with OBA-member banks. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the conference room at Valliance Bank, which is located at 1601 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK …

October 2019

  • October 30, 2019

    USDA issues interim final rule on hemp production

    (Information courtesy of ABA) The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday issued an interim final rule establishing new regulations and procedures for the legal production of industrial hemp, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill reclassified hemp as a legal agricultural commodity, but questions remained, including those related to banks’ ability to serve hemp producers and hemp-related …

September 2019

  • September 26, 2019

    Oklahoma delegation splits on cannabis-related legislation

    Last night, we distributed a Banker Direct in which we included the news about the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act. The bill was placed on the suspension calendar (meaning it was non-controversial) and passed 321-103, with nine members not voting. We were able to access the vote tally late last night and the …