WASHINGTON – Although the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s yearlong study of challenges and opportunities for community banks is expected to yield a final report next month, the agency will release an update on some of its findings this week.

FDIC officials will brief an advisory committee on Thursday about each of the three areas of the initiative, which included regional meetings between bankers and FDIC brass; a research study exploring the history and makeup of small institutions; and agency efforts to make the supervisory process more efficient for community banks.

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