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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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CA ASSEMBLY BANKING CHAIR SPEAKS updated 02/08/16 09:50 AM
So. Cal Leaders Meet with Dababneh
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) last Friday at Wescom Credit Union.

THINK 16 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS updated 02/04/16 09:19 AM
May 3-6 in San Diego
CO-OP Financial Services has announced eight featured speakers for THINK 16, focusing on leading social, consumer and technology trends to help credit unions re-envision what “People Helping People” means in 2016 and beyond.

FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP (FOM) RULE updated 02/04/16 09:12 AM
More Congressional Action
As reported yesterday in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Chico) has sent the attached support letter to the NCUA for their Field of Membership rule.

ONLY 7 DAYS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSAL updated 02/02/16 07:04 AM
NCUA's Field-of-Membership Rule
The countdown is on as the Feb. 8 (Monday) deadline approaches for federal and state chartered credit union leaders to submit comments supporting the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal.

CEOs SOUND OFF ON NCUA'S PROPOSAL updated 02/01/16 03:36 PM
Urge Peers to Comment on FOM
California credit union CEOs are sounding off as the deadline approaches (Feb. 8) to comment on the National Credit Union Administration’s Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal—one that will update rules to reflect marketplace changes and give the industry a broader menu of flexible options for remaining competitive.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AND 'PACE' REFORM updated 02/01/16 01:47 PM
Rounding Out CA Legislative Goals
Threats to credit unions are already being spotted on the horizon by the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team as the state legislature’s Feb. 19 deadline to introduce new legislation looms.

ANNUAL PRIVACY NOTICES updated 01/29/16 11:47 AM
Federal-No; State-Maybe
As reported in the League's Advocacy Blog, after the release of the NCUA Letter to Credit Unions, #16-CU-03, about privacy notices, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues took action to clarify applicability to state laws. The NCUA letter addressed the recent federal law change on annual privacy notices related to Gramm-Leach-Bliley that states that when a financial institution meets certain statutory requirements, it no longer must send annual privacy notices.

CU LEADERS MEET WITH LEGISLATOR updated 01/29/16 05:09 PM
Asm. Kim Tours Credit Union
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton).

CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBER updated 01/28/16 01:47 PM
Portantino Running for Senate
As recently reported in the Leagues Advocacy Blog, credit union leaders met with former member of the Assembly, Anthony Portantino, who served from 2006 until being termed out in 2012. Prior to his time in office, he spent many years working in film and television production and is currently is a Visiting Fellow teaching Values Based Political Leadership at USC.

COMMENTS NEEDED: NCUA'S FOM PROPOSAL updated 01/26/16 10:06 AM
Deadline is February 8
With less than two weeks until the comment deadline of Feb. 8, it is crucial the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) hear from credit unions in support of the proposed chartering and field-of-membership (FOM) amendments.

LEAGUE'S 2016 CA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA updated 01/26/16 09:10 AM
Charter Modernization, CUSOs, LICU
The final year of the two-year state legislative session (2015-2016) in California is here, and the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team is primed to roll out a robust legislative package.

ANAHEIM DUCKS HONOR RICHARD JOHNSON updated 01/21/16 03:09 PM
Recognized For Military Career
Before Richard Myles Johnson was a credit union industry icon, he was a Marine. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. He ended his military career as a colonel in 1972. Along the way, he amassed a vast number of ranks, honors, and awards, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY: TWO TALES updated 01/19/16 10:40 AM
CUs Can Take Pulse of Econ. Mobility
As financial “opportunity” for low and middle-income Americans is debated leading up to a national election this November, many within the credit union industry can take a pulse of their members’ financial health and how economic changes are shaping that opportunity.

ROYCE HELPS FORM COOPERATIVE CAUCUS updated 01/19/16 07:18 AM
Business CO-OP: Focus on Legislation
Last week Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA (Brea), joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, to found the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. With Royce’s dedication and expertise in credit unions, it comes as no surprise he is chairing a new caucus to focus on legislation that impacts cooperative businesses.

FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP RULE updated 01/13/16 10:53 AM
CA Congressman Gives Support
California Congressman Ted Lieu (D-El Segundo) has just sent the NCUA a support letter in favor of their Field of Membership Rule. In his letter, Rep. Lieu endorses for several of the provisions in the rule (letter linked below).The League has been working with our congressional delegation to ensure there is overwhelming support for this rule.

RMJ TO BE HONORED AT HOCKEY GAME updated 01/13/16 01:59 PM
Recognized as Armed Services Vet
Richard Myles Johnson— who joined the credit union movement after finishing a 30-year career in the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a colonel—is scheduled to be recognized as the honored armed services veteran by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team at its home game Wednesday, Jan. 20.

FHLB MEMBERSHIP updated 01/12/16 12:51 PM
Final Rule Issued
Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued their final rule on Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) membership. After receiving over 1,300 comment letters—an unprecedented amount, with most in opposition—the FHFA’s final rule does not include two provisions for which the Leagues strongly opposed. That is, the final rule does not require financial institutions to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans and 10% of assets in residential mortgage loans (RML) on an ongoing basis.

TARGET SETTLEMENT DETAILS updated 01/12/16 10:34 AM
Available on New Website
Credit unions have begun receiving email and paper mail directing them to a dedicated website that offers information on the Target data breach litigation, including settlement terms, important dates, frequently asked questions, information on filing a claim, directions for opting out, court and settlement documents, and contact information.

CO-OP CEO STAN HOLLEN TO RETIRE updated 01/12/16 09:39 AM
More Than 10 Years at CUSO
In a landmark moment for the nation’s largest credit union service organization, CO-OP Financial Services (based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA) announced this morning that President and CEO Stan Hollen will retire on May 31, 2016.

MATZ TO MEET CA-NV LEADERS AT 'GAC' updated 01/12/16 08:05 AM
Plus, Upcoming Regulatory Webinar
California and Nevada credit union leaders will have the opportunity to engage with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz during an exclusive meeting arranged by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at the upcoming 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

CA CONGRESSMAN PREPARES TAX REFORM updated 01/11/16 02:59 PM
Credit Union Tax Status Honored
As first reported on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA (Tulare), has been drafting a comprehensive tax reform package which will honor the credit union tax status.

CUs4KIDS 20 YEAR CMN PARTNERSHIP updated 01/08/16 01:40 PM
Raised $150M in Donations
This year, Credit Unions for Kids celebrates 20 years of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), a collaboration that has yielded more than $150 million in donations.

CA-NV LEAGUES CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY updated 01/05/16 10:40 AM
Successful Partnership of 20 Years
A strategic partnership beginning Jan. 1, 1996 is still proving to be a “win win” for credit unions in Nevada and California as the collaboration’s anniversary was recognized this past Friday.

FinCEN RULE COULD COST CUs MORE updated 01/05/16 07:55 AM
Submit Comment Letters by Jan. 25
In 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a proposed rule to “clarify and strengthen customer (member) due diligence (CDD) obligations” of financial institutions, including credit unions.