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The Technical Information Procedure (TIPs) bulletins are great tools to help credit union staff understand recent changes in laws and regulations and how they may affect the credit union. TIPs bulletins address current mandatory compliance issues and changes to federal and state regulations. Continue for complete list of current TIPs Bulletins
September 5, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-17 CFPB Publishes 2015 HOEPA and CARD Act Adjustments
   
August 8, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-16 CA Local Agency Deposits Weekly Reports Can Be Submitted Electronically
   
August 8, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-15 MasterCard Revised Standards – Limitation of Liability of Cardholders for Unauthorized Use (“Zero Liability”)
   
 
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AGENCIES ISSUE ELDER ABUSE GUIDANCE
updated 09/27/13 10:29 AM
FinCEN Also Publishes Advisory
Seven federal regulatory agencies have issued guidance to clarify that the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act generally permit financial institutions to report suspected elder financial abuse to appropriate authorities.

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"The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act generally requires that a financial institution notify consumers and give them an opportunity to opt out before providing nonpublic personal information to a third party," states a news release by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). "Today’s guidance clarifies that it is generally acceptable under the law for financial institutions to report suspected elder financial abuse to appropriate local, state or federal agencies."

NCUA said that older adults can be attractive targets for financial exploitation and may be taken advantage of by scam artists, financial advisors, family members, caregivers, or home repair contractors.

"Recent studies suggest that financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse and that only a small fraction of incidents is reported," the statement noted. "Older adults often are targeted because they have retirement savings, accumulated home equity, or other assets. They also are more likely to experience cognitive decline, which can impair their capacity to recognize financial exploitation and scams."

Employees of financial institutions may be able to spot irregular transactions, account activity, or behavior that signals financial abuse. They can play a key role in preventing and detecting elder financial exploitation by reporting suspicious activities to the proper authorities.

The interagency guidance was issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is issuing the document as staff guidance.

FinCEN Advisory Released
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory to update financial institutions on activity associated with regulatory restrictions imposed on Mexican financial institutions for transactions in U.S. currency.

On Sept. 27, the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) issued an advisory that, among other things, provides relevant statistics in this regard.

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FinCEN ISSUES TRAFFICKING ADVISORY
updated 09/12/14 01:36 PM
Third Disclosure Webinar Announced
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory to financial institutions on recognizing “red flags” that may indicate financial activity related to human smuggling or human trafficking.

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COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT TOOL ANNOUNCED
updated 09/08/14 01:21 PM
Partnership With 'PolicyWorks'
To help credit unions streamline compliance management, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have partnered with PolicyWorks, a national leader in credit union compliance solutions, to bring you additional ComplySight compliance support services.

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