Sorry for the slow reply anon. Vacation, then illness has kept me from the office for a few weeks
(and on Wednesday I take another little vacation to go fishing LOL but we won't mention that to management...I'm hoping they forgot) heh heh
Anyhoo, In the reg there is no specific requirement for board involvement, but in all practicle matters you need to have some. First and foremost, if you have an assesement area, someone needs to be radifying it don't they? This seems to be a board level item at minimum. Also, the Sunshine Act needs to be carefully reviewed by the board as they are directly involved and must report if there is a need.
We do not have a CRA committee at my bank on a management level (I am a firm believe that the idea of a CRA committee belongs in a CRAC pipe)
But, we do have a CRA Board committee (love the acronym huh?) We meet quarterly or so (it really works out to be about 3 times a year) and I'm in contact with the board members usually monthly. I report all developments in our CRA policy (there is not a requirement for a policy but I have a very detailed one anyhoo, which the OCC loves) as well as any assessment area changes, progress to goal, etc., in a cumulative report (from beginning of exam period to end). I annually prepare a full on PE of the bank for their review, and we go over this carefully. My experience with other banks tells me that this is a pretty standard practice (the board level involvement that I have) for banks with strong ratings. In talking with the many many banks I do, I find that the ones with little to no involvement on the board level, have relatively low ratings. That makes sense. No board involvement, no board support right?
So the long and short of it is....as Don mentioned
quarterly at least meetings are a good idea. An annual sumamry of the bank's status is also a good thing, especially if you're any good at it LOL (I do not sugar coat the bank's standing in these meetings!) BUT do remember that at exam time, all of the reports produced for this group will be reviewed by your examiner so be accurate, but careful in your assessments. I never lie, but I have cautioned a "needs to improve" rating in one area with a quick, WE MUST FIX THIS BY...date so the next report can cover the "fix" and show our focus.
On a personal level, I find that the regular meetings do a great deal of good for me when I need something from our board. It's hard to refuse my sunny smile when I ask for new staff
but if the board has no idea who you are...or what you do,
your smile can't haunt them now can it?