DATA REPORTING: More than a year after it was proposed, a plan to let banks voluntarily collect race and gender data on owners of small businesses remains pending before the Fed. Bankers are generally critical, claiming the data would be unreliable. But community activists are hoping the Fed will adopt the regulation, which would give a first look at who gets small-business loans. Published April 26, 1995; comments were due June 27, 1995.

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