NCUA Board Facing Potentially Contentious Issues

The agenda for the January board meeting of the National Credit Union Administration has been released. On the agenda is a rule on Risk-Based Net Worth, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the simplification of Risk-Based Capital Requirements, a proposed rule on CUSOs, a notice of proposed rulemaking on the CAMELS rating system and the agency’s annual performance plan.

CFPB Task Force: Allow All Credit Unions to Serve Underserved Areas

A controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau task force on consumer financial law released its final report the day before a hearing about its makeup was to be held in a federal court in Massachusetts. Credit unions will like its recommendation that all credit unions be allowed to serve underserved areas. Consumer groups will object to many of the other recommendations and it is unlikely the Biden Administration will accept them.

Kyle Hauptman Sworn In as NCUA Board Member

Kyle Hauptman was sworn in Monday as a member of the National Credit Union Administration board.

Hauptman, a Republican, was sworn in by Chairman Rodney Hood; his term ends on August 2, 2025. Hauptman’s taking office will ensure that Republicans will continue to control the majority on the board even after President-elect Joe Biden takes office, and as expected, appoints Democrat Todd Harper as chairman.

Charges of ‘Midnight Rulemaking’ Made at NCUA as Hood Faces End of Chairmanship

Sources speculate that National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood is attempting to push through last minute policies before the new administration removes him from his leadership. In two unusual moves, the December board meeting will be over a two-day period and the January board meeting has been moved forward so that it is done before Biden is sworn into office. The December agenda is packed.

Kraninger Attempting to Keep Imprint on CFPB Even if She Is Fired

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger has appointed five new members of her executive team, less than two months before she can expect to be removed from her position by the new president. In addition, she released a new advisory opinion policy that the new administration may not like. The Trump Administration is trying to make the CFPB more corporate-friendly before the Biden Administration takes over and attempts to return it to a strict regulatory agency protecting consumers.

Watchdog Group Calls for Overhaul of Two CFPB Rules

The incoming Biden Administration must “urgently” act to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s payday lending and debt collection rules, the government watchdog group, Accountable.US said last week. “Over the course of the past four years, the Trump administration has enacted corrupt and harmful policies across environmental, immigration, economic, and many other issues for special interests, many with close ties to the Trump administration, that will negatively impact generations of Americans,” the group said, in announcing the first five rules it wants the administration to overhaul. “To help reverse the damage done, we’re tracking key policies that the next administration