Under fire from Sen. Phil Gramm, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency admitted Wednesday that bank examiners were improperly involved in preparing a list of banks that support the Community Reinvestment Act.

The Treasury Department in mid-January asked the OCC for a list to give reporters, with names of banks that support CRA. Though not an unusual request, involving examiners violated the firewall between the agency's policymaking and supervisory functions, said OCC spokesman Robert M. Garsson Jr.

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