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L-R: Sharon Lindeman, Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Rick Metsger, Board Member for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); and Lucy Ito, Executive Vice President and COO of the Leagues

MATZ AND METSGER ADDRESS CU LEADERS
updated 03/03/14 12:59 PM
Risk-Based Capital Proposal Discussed
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues hosted exclusive meetings with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz and Board Member Rick Metsger during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference last week—both well-attended sessions.

Credit union leaders from California, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida heard directly from Matz and Metsger on several topics. Topping the discussion list was NCUA’s current risk-based capital proposal.

Matz acknowledged the proposed examiner authority to impose higher capital requirements for individual credit unions is a concern, and said she welcomes comments from credit unions on this and other components of the proposal.

Metsger also recognized that NCUA needs credit unions’ input on the proposal and said the agency will listen to all comments received. He said there will be changes between the proposed and final rules, and that “there is a lot of work to be done.”

The current comment deadline for the risk-based capital proposal is May 28.

Last week, CUNA and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) issued a joint letter to NCUA calling for an additional 90 days to comment on the risked-based capital proposal, which would extend the comment period to 180 days.

In conjunction, the Leagues are urging all credit unions to comment on the proposed rule and continue to be prepared to comment by May 28. The Leagues will keep credit unions informed of any deadline changes.

PowerComment Announcement
During Monday’s general session at GAC, the Leagues and CUNA announced a partnership to take PowerComment national, empowering all credit unions across the country to take a stand against regulatory burdens.

PowerComment is currently available to all League-affiliated credit unions in California and Nevada and is being piloted by several other credit union leagues. When it is rolled out nationally, it will be available to all CUNA-affiliated credit unions. It is a simple, highly-interactive online tool created by the Leagues in 2013 to help credit unions engage with agencies on key issues. Users have access to the latest regulatory proposals, discussion boards, and most importantly, the ability to submit comment letters directly to regulators.

Visit PowerComment, and make your voice heard!

 
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SUPP. CAPITAL FOR RBC GAINS ADVOCATE updated 12/16/14 11:04 AM
McWatters Supports Model for CUs
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member J. “Mark” McWatters recently said he supports including a supplemental capital provision in the agency's risk-based capital (RBC) rule to help credit unions meet the rule’s requirements.

CU DIRECT TO DONATE 20K TO CMN updated 12/16/14 11:03 AM
‘20 for 20’ Anniversary Campaign
CU Direct, the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive, and strategic solutions for credit unions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a contest to donate $20,000 to one of the nation’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals.

NCUA MAY BE LIABLE FOR DATA BREACH updated 12/16/14 10:05 AM
Flash Drive with Member Info Lost
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) confirmed on Dec. 15 that a flash drive containing the personal information of Palm Springs FCU member was lost during a recent audit. The loss of data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and account information.

PREPARE FOR HEALTH CARE REQUIREMENTS updated 12/16/14 09:42 AM
Also, Digital Media and Marketing
Federal health care law requirements, creating a quick digital message, and the marriage of innovation with marketing are all highlighted within the latest “Problem? Solved!” column in Credit Union Digest!