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.
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.
Financial regulators proposed in October codifying a policy statement that supervisory guidance does not create legally binding obligations. Senator Toomey (R-Pa) doesn’t think that goes far enough.
The Independent Community Bankers of America’s anti-credit union campaign will continue in the next Congress.
In its briefing on the impact of the 2020 election, the ICBA said it will continue its “Wake Up” campaign during the 117th Congress. But the trade group said it does not expect any major policy shift in how policymakers view the credit union industry.
Does agency guidance have the force of law? The National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other financial regulators issue a proposed rule that says it does not.
The trade group representing the nation’s community bankers is asking leaders of the Senate Banking Committee to request a Government Accountability Office investigation of the credit union industry.
Jason Crow, chairman of the House Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee, complains of technology-related issues with Paycheck Protection Program loan processing which he believed could have been prevented if the Small Business Administration had properly responded to a Government Accountability Office report from 2014.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S.4614, legislation that would permit banking services in post offices. The services would include ATMs, low-cost checking accounts, low-cost savings accounts and low-interest loans.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the Paycheck Protection Program’s loan forgiveness process remains unclear and incomplete and is resulting in lender fatigue.
Bankers have long complained that the National Credit Union Administration is a cheerleader for the industry, but now one of their banking regulators is being accused of so-called “regulatory capture.”
In a new report, the Government Accountability Office said that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation failed to provide documentation necessary to demonstrate the objectivity of examiners.