WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady urged quick action on James E. Gilleran's nomination to be comptroller of the currency, warning that delay "has helped create an environment of intimidation and fear" among examiners.

In a letter Wednesday, Mr. Brady told Senate Banking Committee Chairman Donald W. Riegle, D-Mich., that "it is incomprehensible that you are willing to allow the OCC to be without a confirmed leader for 20 months."

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