Credit Discrimination:

Alleged Credit Discrimination in Fort Ord Area

NSIAD-90-95BR: Published: Feb 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether financial institutions serving Fort Ord, California, denied credit to military personnel based on their military rank.

GAO found that: (1) only a few military personnel filed complaints concerning lending institutions' adverse credit practices at Fort Ord; (2) four of the five institutions reviewed granted credit to military personnel regardless of rank; (3) institutions denied credit primarily because military applicants had a poor credit history and could not meet standard financial criteria; and (4) lending institutions had similiar qualification requirements for military personnel, such as debt-to-income ratio, length of employment, and gross income.

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