WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry sought to reassure community bankers this week that the agency does not expect them to comply with its "heightened expectations" proposal aimed at bolstering risk management and improving governance at the biggest banks.

The pending guidelines are meant to capture financial institutions of at least $50 billion in assets, but smaller banks became concerned when the OCC included a provision that they might also apply to banks below that threshold if their operations are deemed "highly complex."

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