The continuing coronavirus pandemic has the National Credit Union Administration adjusting its supervisory efforts during 2021. The extended exam cycle will continue, the targeted Small Credit Union Exam program will continue, and the larger credit unions will have risk-focused examinations. Chairman Rodney Hood explained the changes and risk-focus in a letter to credit unions.
At the January National Credit Union Administration board meeting, board member Todd Harper frequently found himself in the minority. Among other items, the board considered a proposed rule to change the definition of Complex Credit Union, a proposed rule that would expand permitted activities of Credit Union Service Organizations, and an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to make changes to the NCUA Risk-Based Capital.
The Inspector General of the Small Business Administration warned that during the earlier Paycheck Protection Program lending, businesses on a Treasury Department “Do Not Pay” list were approved for $3.6 billion in loans. It is not clear how much of the money was actually distributed.
Interested in what credit unions can expect from Washington in 2021? Here are some predictions.
The new Paycheck Protection Program starts with initial lending limited to businesses who have not received a PPP loan and lending going through Community Development Financial Institutions, Minority Depository Institutions, certified development corporations and microlenders. After a few days the lending options open further.
Congress and federal regulators should protect the credit union tax exemption, while ensuring that the institutions have the same opportunities to serve consumers as banks and other financial companies, NAFCU officials said, as they released their 2021 advocacy agenda. “Credit unions have worked tirelessly to help Americans overcome adversity and hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic,” said NAFCU President/CEO B. Dan Berger. “For both new and returning members of Congress, it is vital they understand the good work not-for-profit credit unions have done and will continue to do to lift American families and communities up during these uncertain times.” Berger sent
The coronavirus economic impact payment may cause credit unions regulatory issues, credit union trade groups warned. The increase in credit union balance sheets may trigger new regulatory requirements. The Credit Union National Association wants a rule that will allow credit unions to use an earlier date for asset data.
Financial and industry trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, would like guidance and rules for the new Paycheck Protection Program issued soon so that there will not be constant updates and changes like those that occurred during the first PPP. The groups sent a letter to the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, suggesting comprehensive and timely guidance on the program rules so that a smooth implementation can occur.
President Trump on Wednesday vetoed the massive defense authorization bill and then threatened to veto the massive economic stimulus and omnibus appropriations bill.
Comments on the Trump Administration from Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions President/CEO B. Dan Berger and National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors President/CEO Lucy Ito.