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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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ADDITIONS TO SEPT. 'HIKE THE HILL' updated 08/24/15 12:08 PM
Coffee With Regulators and MBL
In two weeks, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ will host a “Coffee with the Regulators” meeting during the annual Hike The Hill gathering on Capitol Hill (Sept. 8-10). Credit union attendees will discuss relevant and important issues with officials from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

FHA ISSUES STATEMENT ON 'PACE' LOANS updated 08/24/15 02:41 PM
Consistent With Leagues' Comments
On Monday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a policy statement on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) that is consistent with comments from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ position on the issue.

REP. MCCLINTOCK SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/21/15 10:45 AM
Submits Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Tom McClintock (R-El Dorado) is now the second member of Congress to send a support letter to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of credit unions and their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) sent a letter last week.

WHAT'S DRIVING MEMBERSHIP GROWTH updated 08/19/15 11:59 AM
Three California Perspectives
Competitive products and services don’t tell the whole story of why membership continues to soar at several credit unions in California. Neither does the growing economy.

RMJ TOURNEY RAISES NEARLY $60,000 updated 08/19/15 10:39 AM
Event Sold-Out With 144 Golfers
The Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation/CUNA Mutual Golf Tournament, held August 17 at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, CA, raised nearly $60,000 for the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada.

'PACE' EXPANSION ATTEMPT DEFEATED updated 08/18/15 10:36 AM
League Engaged Lawmakers on Issue
The California Credit Union League has helped defeat an attempt in the California legislature (Senate Bill 602) to give super-lien rights to unregulated lenders through Property Tax Assessed financing.

CALL TO ACTION: MBL COMMENTS NEEDED updated 08/17/15 04:28 PM
NCUA Deadline is Aug. 31
More positive comment letters that support the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) proposed member business lending rule are needed to help the agency shape its final rule—including letters from your credit union and your business members.

CA CUs AID FIRE VICTIMS updated 08/14/15 03:20 PM
Fundraising Efforts Continue
As more than dozen fires raged on in northern California in recent weeks, area credit unions stepped up efforts to help—supplying the hard-working firefighters with goodie baskets of water, food, and supplies; helping in large animal rescues and defending family farms; and raising much-needed donations to help those who have suffered losses. Some Coast Central CU staffers—who are also volunteer firefighters—were deployed to help fight the fires.

CU Direct Partners with CULA updated 08/13/15 02:54 PM
Leasing Option Availability
CU Direct, the provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, has entered into a new agreement with Credit Union Leasing of America.

MEMBER BEHAVIOR: SHIFT IS COMING updated 08/11/15 10:40 AM
Conference Spotlights Rates, Economy
It was evident during a three-day conference in San Diego that credit unions are on high alert as they wade into tricky waters and strategize how to manage balance sheet spreads and liquidity in light of the Federal Reserve’s upcoming federal funds interest rate hike.

CUs GAIN INSIGHTS AT SHAPIRO SUMMIT updated 08/11/15 09:25 AM
Talk Strategy, Marketing, Trends
More than 60 credit union leaders from California and Nevada, speakers, and League staff convened at the annual Shapiro Summit on Aug. 7-8 in Ontario, CA to discuss important issues credit unions $50 million and under face in today’s economy, and how to overcome those obstacles.

NCUA AWARDS $2 MILLION IN GRANTS updated 08/07/15 11:05 AM
Funds Help 225 Low-Income CUs
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has awarded more than $2 million in grants to help 225 low-income credit unions expand products and services, open branches or relocate offices, advance digital growth, and provide greater security for their members.

Auto & Home Loans Drive Trend updated 08/07/15 02:42 PM
Member Lending Benefiting CUs
California and Nevada credit unions are experiencing auto and mortgage loan growth as part of a trend of increased lending activities by credit unions nationwide.

REP. BROWNLEY SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/06/15 04:28 PM
Writes Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) was the first member of Congress to formally write to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. There will likely be many more to write in support of updating this outdated member business lending rule.

Vendor Authority Bill, Halted updated 08/05/15 04:20 PM
The League & CUNA Oppose Amendment
The U.S. Senate just adjourned for the August recess, but not without controversy for credit unions. The Senate was supposed to consider a bill addressing cybersecurity issues. During consideration, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced an amendment that would expand the NCUA's third-party vendor authority. The League and CUNA mobilized to halt any progress of this amendment. With the Senate's adjournment this afternoon, neither the bill or vendor authority amendment progressed. Credit unions, our CUSO partners, and vendors will now have time to further mobilize against future efforts.

CO-OP LAUNCHES CO-OP API SUITE updated 08/05/15 01:52 PM
New Developer Tool Helps CU Apps
CO-OP Financial Services is introducing a suite of APIs (application program interfaces) that will enable credit unions to quickly integrate the latest mobile and online technology directly into their existing mobile and virtual channels.

STATE EXPLORES BANKING MARIJUANA BIZ updated 08/03/15 02:30 PM
CU Reps Discuss on CA Panel
While California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma is proposing a state-run bank to serve the “legitimate” marijuana industry in California, the board is concerned with people walking into their offices with thousands of dollars in cash to pay their state taxes.

CUNA’S ’15-’17 STRATEGIC PLAN updated 07/31/15 09:44 AM
Letter From CEO Jim Nussle
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) sent to credit unions a letter which contained the association’s 2015-2017 strategic plan, detailing how President and CEO Jim Nussle will fulfill mandates he received from the board when he signed his contract last September.

CATALYST'S ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM updated 07/31/15 08:54 AM
Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Catalyst Corporate's 38th annual Economic Forum, which will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, near Dallas, TX.

WCMS CELEBRATES ‘15 GRADUATING CLASS updated 07/28/15 08:42 AM
New Fellowship Announced
On July 23, Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) celebrated its 2015 graduating class—the NU Class—in an elaborate affair. Ninety-seven students graduated with Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang serving as the commencement speaker.

NEW VERSION OF SPRIG BY CO-OP updated 07/24/15 12:29 PM
Available at iTunes and Google Play
An updated version of Sprig by CO-OP is now available at iTunes and Google Play—adding native apps, expanding transaction filtering, and enforcing enhanced security.

NCUA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 07/24/15 09:24 AM
Chair Debbie Matz Speaks
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Advocacy Blog, yesterday the House Committee Financial Service, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, and Consumer Credit had a very lively hearing where Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), testified

NCUA APPROVES $1.3M REDUCED BUDGET updated 07/23/15 09:22 AM
Board Cuts Operating Fund
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board approved a $1.3 million reduction to the 2015 operating budget, making better use of California and Nevada credit union dollars. Credit unions are obligated by law to pay into the NCUA, but that does not preclude the NCUA from its responsibility to operate in an efficient manner.

NCUA HEARING SLATED FOR JULY 23 updated 07/22/15 12:35 PM
Chairman Debbie Matz to Testify
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Please note this hearing was originally scheduled for Friday, July 24.