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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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SUCCESS AT ‘SACTOWN’ AND GRR updated 04/16/15 02:46 PM
April 12-14 in Sacramento
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run and the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) were huge successes. Hundreds of credit union leaders, professionals, and volunteers convened in Sacramento to participate in these consecutive events on April 12-14. Collectively, our efforts will help change lives and make a positive impact on the movement.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR TAX DAY updated 04/15/15 12:06 PM
CU Members Paid $1.2T in Taxes in 2014
Today is tax day! Nearly 102 million credit union member owners paid $1.2 trillion in taxes in 2014. In California alone, 9.9 million members paid $127 billion in taxes, while in Nevada 330,000 members paid $3.9 billion in taxes.

‘SACTOWN 10’ TROPHY AWARDED updated 04/15/15 01:32 PM
Rep. Ken Cooley Claims Prize
Following a legislative meeting during the California Government Relations Rally on April 14, League members presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with this year's Legislative Team Traveling trophy. The trophy is awarded to the legislative team with the best combined run time in the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run’s five-mile team run.

JAN OWEN: STATE CUs STRONG, GROWING updated 04/14/15 10:29 AM
Mentions Joint Exams, Advisory Board Seat
The health of state-chartered credit unions in California is strong, with the average net worth ratio at 11.2 percent, according to Jan Owen, commissioner for the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO). She spoke at the California Credit Union League’s 2015 Government Relations Rally (GRR) on Tuesday morning.

POLITICAL ARENA SHAPES CU ADVOCACY updated 04/14/15 09:48 AM
Jim Brulte Addresses GRR Attendees
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte helped kick off the California Credit Union League's 2015 Government Relations Rally on Monday afternoon, giving attendees a taste of how the state and federal political environments have evolved over the past few decades, and what it means for credit union leaders when they visit state legislators.

CFPB—WHAT DID YOU SAY? updated 04/14/15 02:17 PM
Consumers To Share Complaint Stories
In July 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a policy that would allow consumers to publicly share their stories when they submit complaints to the bureau. Recently, the CFPB has now finalized its consumer narrative policy.

'SACTOWN' RAISES NEARLY 200K FOR CMN updated 04/13/15 04:59 PM
Benefits Children’s Hospitals in CA, NV
The fourth annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run—which took place Sunday in downtown Sacramento—raised more than $195,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) in California and Nevada.

PRIVATELY-INSURED CUS JOIN FHLB updated 04/13/15 03:21 PM
House Passes H.R. 299
The House passed the Capital Access for Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 (H.R. 299), a bill that would allow privately-insured credit unions to join the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) program. According to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the bill would give 1.2 million credit union members greater access to credit.

‘SACTOWN 10’ RAISES $200K SO FAR updated 04/10/15 11:23 AM
Race is April 12, 2015
The credit union community will be out in force for the first of four events that represent the Credit Union Miracle Day Family of Races benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, CA and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington, D.C.—both happening on April 12.

CA ECONOMY: MAJOR GROWTH PREDICTED updated 04/09/15 08:15 AM
Two Forecasts Talk Jobs, Wages, More
Stop calling it a “recovery”—the California economy is in expansion mode, and it won’t taper for the foreseeable future.

NCUA UPDATES SECONDARY CAPITAL updated 04/09/15 01:44 PM
Federation Applauds Efforts
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has announced major improvements to secondary capital, which will spur greater investment into the credit union system. The NCUA's Supervisory Policy Manual revisions will provide clear steps for Low Income Designated (LID) credit unions to apply and be approved for pre-payment of secondary capital. The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is pleased with the NCUA’s action.

CO-OP DECLARES $29.2M DIVIDENDS updated 04/08/15 02:10 PM
Has Nearly 1,200 Shareholding CUs
CO-OP Financial Services announced a shareholder dividend pool of $29.2 million for 2014, bringing its total shareholder patronage amount to $314.1 million since 1996. Additionally, the year was marked with new records, partnerships, and products for the CUSO.

CUs, LEAGUES, AND NCUA MEET updated 04/06/15 11:18 AM
Exam Survey and IRR Discussed
Representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues joined other state league and credit union leaders in meeting with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director Liz Whitehead and her staff last Friday in Arizona.

REGISTER NOW FOR NEXT WEEK'S GRR updated 04/06/15 03:04 PM
Highly Anticipated Event This Year
The most important state advocacy event of the year for credit unions takes place NEXT WEEK—the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) in Sacramento.

APRIL: FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH updated 04/02/15 02:39 PM
CUNA and NCUF Celebrate
April is dubbed National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Month. It signifies a time for credit unions and organizations to engage with their members—particularly youth—about the importance of financial literacy.

LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated 04/01/15 12:47 PM
Q4 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the first 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).

‘SACTOWN’ FEATURED ON TODAY SHOW updated 04/01/15 03:35 PM
Local Race Part of National Effort
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run has been selected as a flagship race by the TODAY Show as part of its health-focused national #RunforTODAY program. In partnership with local NBC-affiliates, the program is aimed at empowering women across the country to get fit this spring.

CONGRESSMAN VISITS SAN DIEGO CUs updated 04/01/15 03:18 PM
Rep. Xavier Becerra Talks Industry Issues
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) held a series of meetings in San Diego on March 30, the first of which was with credit union leaders.

CA GRR: JIM BRULTE AND JAN OWEN updated 03/31/15 11:37 AM
Exciting Guest Speakers
This year’s California Government Relations Rally (GRR) from April 13-14 in Sacramento will feature guest appearances by Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, and Jan Owen, commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

LEAGUES TO MEET WITH WHITEHEAD updated 03/31/15 10:29 AM
Exam Survey in Focus
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director Liz Whitehead and her senior staff will meet with representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and other state leagues in Arizona this coming Friday to discuss credit union issues, including the examination process.

LEAGUES’ VP RECEIVES CMBDC AWARD updated 03/31/15 01:52 PM
Carol Payne Inducted into Hall of Fame
Carol Payne, vice president of communications and marketing for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, was inducted into the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council’s (CMBDC) Hall of Fame during its annual conference held March 25-28, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.

ANTICIPATING THE CFPB’S FIRST VISIT updated 03/30/15 10:38 AM
SchoolsFirst FCU Discusses Preparation
The fact that examiners from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are expected to walk through the doors of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union’s headquarters in Santa Ana sometime this year is not only “a first” for California’s largest cooperative financial institution, it’s a landmark event for the state’s entire credit union industry.

CA MEDIA JUMP ON LEAGUE DATA updated 03/27/15 01:58 PM
Impressive Story Coverage
The California credit union system has gained substantial momentum in local media outlets in recent months. Among the top topics covered by publications is the California Credit Union League's strong fourth quarter lending data.

HARRY REID TO RETIRE IN 2016 updated 03/27/15 01:11 PM
Served Senate Since 2005
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will not seek re-election in 2016, he said in an interview with the New York Times. He has led the Senate democrats since 2005 and has had a three-decade congressional career.