As the crackdown on discrimination and noncompliance with consumer protection laws gets into full swing, regulators are strongly urging financial institutions to pay special attention to 11 specific fair lending activities they say will help address the problem of bias.

Although the Department of Housing and Urban Development has not issued a similar fist, industry and government sources say HUD's fair lending investigators typically take activities like those spelled out in the list issued by depository institution regulators into consideration when they look for discriminatory lending by mortgage banking companies.

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