An element of the definition of "preapproval request" is the existence of a "program." How is it determined whether a program exists?

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Q:  An element of the definition of "preapproval request" is the existence of a "program." How is it determined whether a program exists?
 
A:  A preapproval program exists when the procedures established and used by the lender match those specified in 203.2(b)(2). A program, regardless of its name, is not a "preapproval program" for purposes of HMDA if the program does not meet the specifications in the regulation. By the same token, a program may be a preapproval program for purposes of HMDA even though it is not so named. The question is whether the lender regularly uses the procedures specified in the regulation. If a lender has not established procedures like those specified in the regulation, but considers requests for preapproval on an ad hoc basis, those requests need not be treated as requests for preapproval under HMDA. Failure to establish and consistently follow uniform procedures, however, may raise fair-lending and safety-and-soundness issues.
 

This can be found in FFIEC’s FAQs on HMDA-related questions, which can be found at:  http://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/faq.htm

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