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Groups urge OCC to adopt stricter guidance for banks to use fair overdraft practices and fully inform consumers.

October 13, 2010

As banks continue their campaigns to persuade consumers to agree to pay steep fees for debit card
overdrafts, we urge the Office of Comptroller of the Currency to adopt stricter guidance that effectively
requires banks to use fair overdraft practices and fully inform consumers. In the past several months,
our organizations filed comments in dockets opened by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)1 and the
FDIC2 to update and strengthen their guidelines for overdraft programs. We urge the OCC to also
revisit overdraft abuses that remain and to update the standards you apply to banks.

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Jean Ann Fox
Director of Financial Services
Consumer Federation of America

Chi Chi Wu
National Consumer Law Center
(on behalf of its low income clients)

Rebecca Borne
Senior Policy Counsel
Center for Responsible Lending

Lauren Z. Bowne
Staff Attorney
Consumers Union

Linda Sherry
Director, National Priorities
Consumer Action

Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director
U.S. Public Interest Research Group

CC: Ms. Sheila Bair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Mr. John Bowman, Office of Thrift Supervision
Ms. Debbie Matz, National Credit Union Administration