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L-R: Lucy Ito, EVP and COO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Dennis Flannigan, CEO of Great Basin FCU; Liz Whitehead, Region V Director for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); Dave Gunderson, CEO of Credit Union of Southern California; and Sharon Lindeman, Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy for the Leagues

EXAM, REG ISSUES DISCUSSED WITH NCUA
updated 03/28/14 11:05 AM
Leagues, CEOs Relay Concerns
In a continuing effort to effectively communicate regulatory concerns, representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues joined other western state league officials and credit union CEOs in a meeting with National Credit Union Association (NCUA) Regional Director Liz Whitehead (Region V) last week.

Nevada credit unions moved back to Region V from Region I as of Jan. 1, 2013. California credit unions moved back to Region V from Regions II, III, and IV by Jan. 1 of this year.

The Leagues’ representatives included President and CEO Diana Dykstra, Executive Vice President and COO Lucy Ito, and Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy Sharon Lindeman. Joining the Leagues were Dave Gunderson, CEO of Credit Union of Southern California and the Leagues’ Regulatory Advocacy Committee chairman, and Dennis Flannigan, CEO Great Basin FCU.

“The meeting was a tremendous success,” Gunderson said. “Liz Whitehead and her team invested several hours to listen to our comments, perspectives, and recommendations. It was refreshing to discuss the NCUA and credit unions’ common goal of ensuring safety and soundness, as well as some respectful dialog regarding different strategies to achieve this goal.”

Flannigan added: “The meeting entailed good open constructive communication and discussion of the exam survey and other key issues. Liz Whitehead and her senior staff all seemed practical and hesitant to strict oversight without considering the context.”

Lindeman noted that the event provided an “excellent opportunity” for open, collaborative dialogue about regulatory and examination issues. "We appreciate Director Whitehead making time in her schedule to hear our concerns,” Lindeman said.

CUNA Exam Survey Report
The Leagues obtained an advance copy of the CUNA/League 2013 Exam Survey Report, which provided a basis for good dialog, including:

  • Region V exams are improving across the board. This is not true of other regions.
  • Region V attitudes towards exams were improved in 2013 (25 percent were dissatisfied) compared to 2012 (30 percent were dissatisfied). Nationally, there was a slight decline (in 2012, 25 percent were dissatisfied; and in 2013, 27 percent were dissatisfied).
  • Region V credit unions saw a substantial improvement in the use of Documents of Resolutions (DORs) between 2012 (46 percent) and 2013 (39 percent). Nationally, there was little change in examiners’ use of DORs (in 2012, 43 percent; in 2013, 41 percent).
  • Region V exams more closely resemble the exam experience of the other regions, but gaps remain. For example, in 2013, Region V credit unions were 30 percent more likely overall to be cited for one of the five most common exam issues than credit unions in other regions (compared to 38 percent more likely in 2012).

As to the use of DORs, Region V senior staff commented that their objective of the exam modernization and changes to DORs is not to ensure the number reduces, but to ensure the DORs are used for material findings—those that could cause a credit union to fail.

In regard to Region V exam findings, the five most common exam issues included: loan policies, Allowance for Loan Losses (ALL), strategic planning, interest rate risk, and loan concentration. Whitehead said the higher percentage of findings in Region V could simply be a result of the region having a higher percentage of larger credit unions.

The Leagues encourage all California and Nevada credit unions to complete the joint CUNA/League Exam Survey in 2014. The aggregate data will help ensure California and Nevada credit unions’ exam experiences are captured, and any negative trends can be brought to the region’s attention.

Supervision Consistency and Quality Control
In an effort to realize greater consistency across all NCUA regions and in examinations from credit union to credit union, NCUA has adopted two programs since California and Nevada credit unions were previously part of Region V. First, all NCUA examination staff are now guided by the National Supervision Policy Manual (NSPM), the agency’s internal policy for supervisory operations and procedures.

Second, all regions, including Region V, now routinely carry out Quality Control Reviews (QCRs) to specifically identify and address exam inconsistencies. Credit unions that experience quality control issues may contact Region V staff directly or via the Leagues.

Risk-Based Capital
The proposed risk-based capital rule was discussed, including remarks on how an examiner can require even greater capital than the proposed rule sets for an individual credit union.

Whitehead commented that any “individual minimal capital requirements” would have to go through the regional director and to the NCUA board for approval; that such a requirement would not be established by an examiner. In addition, a credit union can appeal the decision.

The Leagues strongly oppose any greater authority for the NCUA to impose additional capital requirements on a case-by-case basis. The Leagues encourage credit unions to review the proposal, the information and resources available on the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) website and in PowerComment, and submit a comment letter to NCUA on this and many other concerns with the proposal before the May 28 deadline. The Leagues also encourage credit unions to register for and attend NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz’s June 26 “Listening Session” in Los Angeles. Due to space constraints, registration is limited to 150 people.

Also, click here to access CUNA’s Risk-Based Capital Action Center.

 
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SHARED CEO MODEL AND SMALL CUs updated 07/01/15 11:51 AM
CEO Jon Hernandez Shares Insight
Mattel FCU, Calcom FCU, and Nikkei CU CEO Jon Hernandez is armed with the task of running three credit unions as independent institutions, complete with their own memberships and boards. However, a savvy business man and leader, Hernandez takes advantage of economies of scale and shared resources when it makes.

CUES HONORS INSTITUTE GRADS updated 07/01/15 03:11 PM
Four from CA CUs
Four leaders from California credit unions are recent grads of the CUES Governance Leadership Institute: John Buttril, director at Xceed Financial CU; Edward Fujimoto, Supervisory Committee chair at California CU; Norma Iadevaia, board chair at University CU; and David Ostash, board chair at AltaOne FCU. A total of 39 credit union board members and executives from around the country graduated, each earning the distinguished Certified Credit Union Director (CCD) designation.

LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 06/30/15 11:02 AM
Q2 2015 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the second quarter and year-to-date benefits extended to your credit union as a valued member of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Congress Out, Meet with CU Leaders updated 06/30/15 10:25 AM
Southern California Credit Union Leaders Meet with Long Beach Representative Alan Lowenthal
With Congress in their districts for the 4th of July Recess, credit union leaders are at work with our congressional delegation. Today, leaders from Long Beach and Orange County met with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) at LBS Financial Credit Union. Congressman Lowenthal is a long time credit union supporter — he also told the group that he has been a member of LBS Financial CU for more than 46 years!

O.C. ECONOMIC FORECAST updated 06/30/15 09:30 AM
Local Conditions Gain Momentum
Picture this: It’s January 2017. Seven years into the recovery, your local Orange County economy has found a sweet spot among California and the United States. It’s humming along nicely—not too slow, not too fast. And the past two years? Smooth sailing.

NCUA BANS PERIODIC MEM. FEES updated 06/26/15 07:44 AM
FCUs May Not Charge Periodic Fees
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced that federal credit unions cannot charge periodic membership fees, according to a letter to the American Bankers Association.

LEAGUES SUPPORT RBC STUDY ACT updated 06/26/15 02:09 PM
Submits Letter to Representatives
On June 25, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues CEO Diana Dykstra sent a support letter to representatives Stephen Fincher (R-TN) and Dennis Heck (D-WA), the authors of H.R. 2769, the Risk Based Capital Study Act.

CA CUs GAIN MORT. MARKET SHARE updated 06/23/15 11:11 AM
Noticeable Rise Since 2009
California is no exception to the rule as credit unions nationwide continue gaining substantial market share in the competitive space for first mortgages—a trend beginning six years ago on the heels of the financial crisis.

TILA/RESPA NEW RULE DELAYED updated 06/17/15 03:05 PM
Postponed until Oct. 1, 2015
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues confirmed with the office of Congressman Brad Sherman: "Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from many that want to delay the effective date, or at least the rigorous enforcement of, the new TILA/RESPA form known as the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) form. He has reported that he will be delaying the effective date until Oct. 1, 2015. This is partly due to some internal details and partly due to many of us that saw the need for a delay.”

BILL ADOPTS CUNA/CU RBC CONCERNS updated 06/17/15 03:01 PM
NCUA Makes Proposal Revisions
Language was adopted today by the House Appropriations Committee via voice vote that reflects the concerns the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and credit unions have regarding the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) effort to impose a risk-based capital (RBC) guideline for credit unions

CU LEADERS PUSH DATA SECURITY IN CA updated 06/16/15 11:11 AM
'Connect For The Cause' a Success
More than 3,000 letters from credit union supporters were sent to California state legislators last week in support of Assembly Bill 83 (AB 83).

GREAT TIME TO BE A CREDIT UNION? updated 06/16/15 09:36 AM
Conference: Employees, Millennials, and More
Is it a great time to be associated with credit unions? Based on yesterday’s gathering of leaders in the industry, the answer is an overwhelming “yes”—but with a caveat.

NCUA TO DISCUSS PROPOSED MBL RULE updated 06/12/15 03:06 PM
Other Important Agenda Items Scheduled
The National Credit Union Administration board has a full agenda scheduled for its June 18 meeting, with a proposed member business lending (MBL) rule slated for discussion.

VISA: CUs CAN NAME RETAILERS updated 06/11/15 09:40 AM
Leagues’ Set the Record Straight
Visa has responded to the Leagues’ written inquiry to Visa whether or not credit unions are able to name retailers when reissuing payment cards, following a data breach. Visa clarified there is neither a rule or nor contractual obligation that requires financial institutions to withhold the name of a breaching retailer.

DIVERSITY STANDARDS ISSUED FOR FIs updated 06/10/15 10:49 AM
Regulators Issue Diversity Standards
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DATA BILL HEADS TO CALIFORNIA SENATE updated 06/09/15 10:14 AM
Committee to Review AB 83
The California Credit Union League is advocating for Assembly Bill 83 (AB 83)—data security legislation at the state level which has already passed the California State Assembly with overwhelming support. It is now headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its first hearing.

CO-OP SHARED BRANCH SURPASSES 5,300 updated 06/09/15 10:10 AM
More Than Bank of America
With 5,341 branches, CO-OP Shared Branch is now the nation’s third largest network of financial institution branches, according to data drawn from the FDIC—surpassing Bank of America’s 5,244 branches.

CUs CAN IDENTIFY RETAILERS IN BREACH updated 06/09/15 08:46 AM
MasterCard Clears Misconception
Electronics payment network MasterCard has responded to an inquiry by Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, regarding whether credit unions can identify a merchant responsible for a data breach, and if such action is rule- bound or under contractual obligation.

CONSUMER COMPLAINT PROCESS IMPROVED updated 06/09/15 06:09 AM
Also, NCUA Town Hall Webinar
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued Letter to Credit Unions 15-CU-04, which describes recent changes to streamline the agency’s consumer complaint handling process.

CA CU Leaders Meet Officials updated 06/03/15 04:27 PM
Credit Union Leaders Visit Elected District Officials
In California this week, credit union leaders in Northern and Southern regions continued ongoing advocacy efforts of cultivating relationships with elected officials.

NEVADA BILLS HIGHLIGHT CU SUCCESS updated 06/02/15 11:16 AM
State Legislature Adjourns
With the Nevada Legislature adjourning for the 2015 legislative session, the Nevada Credit Union League reports it was a successful year for credit unions.

CREDIT UNIONS HIT RECORD DEPOSITS updated 06/02/15 09:30 AM
California Leads the Way
California credit unions most likely hit a record in deposits—nearly $132 billion—as credit unions nationwide reported more than $1 trillion in these accounts as of the first quarter this year.

CUs BOOST LENDING, INVESTMENTS updated 06/02/15 02:57 PM
Loan Delinquencies Fall NCUA Reports
According to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), federally-insured credit unions focused more on lending and less on investments to generate income during the first quarter of 2015.

GRASSROOTS RECAP: FIRST HALF OF 2015 updated 05/26/15 10:56 AM
California CUs Reach Out to Legislators
It’s evident California and Nevada credit union leaders have been active during the first half of 2015 in reaching out to state and federal legislators on both sides of the aisle to reinforce the credit union philosophy, including several district meetings, annual events, and visits to offices.