WASHINGTON — Bankers are applauding the opening salvo of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. project to focus on community bank troubles, but are already looking ahead to the next phases.

As part of a plan unveiled last year to address small-bank challenges — and some potential solutions — the agency on Tuesday released a study of community banks since the mid-eighties and basic steps taken so far to lighten the load, including a streamlining of pre-exam document requests.

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