NCUA Failed to Follow Federal Law in Adding Military to Low-Income Designation: ICBA

The National Credit Union Administration decided to count military personnel in determining whether a credit union qualifies for a low-income designation without using the regulatory process required by law, the trade group representing the nation’s community bankers charged this week in a letter to the NCUA’s Inspector General.

In her letter, Independent Community Bankers of America President/CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey called on the IG to begin an investigation into whether the agency violated the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires that proposed rule changes must be open to public comment before they are adopted.

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

NCUA Encouraging Credit Unions to Make Small-Dollar, Short-Term Loans

Amid the pandemic crisis, credit unions and banks should offer members and customers safe short-term, small-dollar loans that would mitigate the need for borrowers to re-borrow to repay loans, federal banking regulators, including the National Credit Union Administration, said Wednesday.

“Federally supervised financial institutions are well-suited to meet the credit needs of customers affected by the current COVID-19 emergency,” the NCUA, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said in a joint statement.