A gathering of several hundred community bankers all but assures griping over the role of the federal government in their affairs. That will likely be the case at the American Bankers Association's annual conference for community banks.

After all, banks face looming regulation, in the form of the Dodd-Frank Act, and uncertainty over implementation. As a result, bankers feel as though they are running their banks in the dark, says Gregg Vandaveer, president and chief executive of Sooner State Bank in Tuttle, Okla.

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