GAO Reports FDIC Vulnerable to ‘Regulatory Capture’—A Charge Often Leveled at NCUA

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.

GAO Still Pushing for Consolidation of Financial Regulators

The Government Accountability Office has renewed its recommendation that Congress consider consolidating financial regulatory agencies, including the National Credit Union Administration, in an effort to improve oversight of financial institutions. In its annual report issued last week on duplicative and overlapping programs, the GAO said that the fragmented organization of the regulators results in inconsistent enforcement of federal rules and consumer protection. “Without additional actions, fragmentation and overlap in the financial regulatory structure will continue to create challenges related to the efficient and effective oversight of financial institutions and the consistency of consumer protections,” the GAO said. GAO has made