Convinced that not enough is being done to assure fair lending practices, regulators are putting the finishing touches on uniform exam procedures intended to gauge compliance with such rules.

"You have all the allegations that have been made and the feeling is that all the procedures we have in place just aren't doing it, so we have to provide more specific guidance, and that's what we're trying to do'" said Janice Smith, director of the office of consumer affairs at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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