Dems Lambaste Trump Administration for PPP Management

Democrats are renewing their call for more rigid Paycheck Protection Program set-asides for credit union and community banks, following reports from a government watchdog contending that program funds may not be reaching the neediest businesses.

“Not only did [the Small Business Administration] fail to issue guidance to prioritize the paycheck loan applications of underserved and rural small businesses, the agency implemented a ‘first-come, first-served’ policy that made it harder for vulnerable small businesses to access PPP,” Senate Small Business Committee ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said, following the release of a report by the Small Business Administration’s Inspector General.

IG Says SBA Failed to Issue Guidance to Ensure PPP Loans Reach the Most Needy

The Small Business Administration has failed to issue guidance to lenders to help ensure that pandemic Paycheck Protection Program Loans reach the businesses that most need them, as required by federal law, the SBA’s Inspector General said in a report issued late Friday.

In addition, since the agency has failed to require the collection of demographic information about borrowers, officials cannot determine if the loans are reaching businesses that need the funds.

New NCUA Low-Income Designation Violates Law: ICBA

A new NCUA policy on counting servicemembers in determining whether a credit union is” low-income” is an illegal expansion of the limits Congress has placed on the institutions, the Independent Community Bankers of America charged Thursday.

“The NCUA’s changes–made without a formal rule subject to public review and comment–is another example of this captive regulator expanding the powers of credit unions well beyond the limits established by Congress to justify their tax exemption,” ICBA President/CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said.

Postal Banking Returns

Postal banking is back.

As policymakers battle over how to deal with the mounting losses facing the United States Postal Service, supporters of a plan to allow post offices to provide basic financial services are renewing their arguments that postal banking could help save the system.

Will Trump Replace McWatters?

With the pandemic crisis taking up so much time and energy, it is understandable that people may forget about the everyday nuts and bolts of government.

Consider, for example, the NCUA board. The term of board member J. Mark McWatters expired in August. Sources in the credit union community said they have not heard any discussion of replacing him.

Harper: Don’t Change CU Capital Standards

Clashing with NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood, board member Todd Harper is asking Congress not to reduce credit union capital standards in response to the coronavirus crisis.

“Reductions in capital standards could ultimately lead to greater losses for the Share Insurance Fund, which all surviving federally insured credit unions would need to pay,” Harper wrote to leaders of the House and Senate committees with NCUA oversight powers.