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TREASURY CHECK PROCEDURES FOR CUs
updated 07/14/14 01:58 PM
Special Rules Apply
A Treasury check, more than any other type of check, calls for special attention regarding proper endorsement of this monetary instrument. They are subject to the next-day availability rule under 12 C.F.R. Part 229 (Regulation CC), and are a favorite target of thieves and fraudsters.

Although the California Uniform Commercial Code generally covers check endorsements, Treasury checks are governed by 31 C.F.R. §240.4, which addresses endorsement and presentment guarantees.

Endorsement and Presentment Guarantees
A credit union presenting a check to the Treasury Department guarantees to the Treasury all of the following:

  • That all prior endorsements are genuine, whether or not an express guarantee is placed on the check.
  • When the first endorsement has been made by a third party, the presenting credit union and the endorsers are deemed to guarantee to the Treasury that the person who endorsed it had unqualified capacity and authority to endorse the check on behalf of the payee.
  • That the check has not been materially altered.
  • That the guarantors have no knowledge that the signature of the drawer was forged or unauthorized.
  • That the guarantors have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that a check is not a counterfeit.

Credit unions should take care to ensure their staff is appropriately trained to secure proper endorsement of Treasury checks, and to identify abnormalities in these negotiable instruments that may indicate an alteration to, or counterfeiting, of the check.

Click here to read the entire Research and Information column on Page 19 within the June/July edition of Credit Union Digest!

 
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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!