WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke Jr. told a meeting of community bankers Thursday that his agency will continue to press lenders to improve credit quality.

His remarks came a day after Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, in a speech to the same group, urged bankers not to overreact to the slowing economy by tightening credit too much. Though Mr. Hawke did not refer to Mr. Greenspan’s remarks directly, he reiterated the agency’s past warnings to strengthen underwriting standards.

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