Written by Steve Van Beek
Last Thursday, the NCUA Board approved a couple of Technical Corrections at their March Board Meeting. One of these changes provides clarity for Federal Credit Unions in an area full of confusion since the creation of NCUA's Office of Consumer Protection: the address required on the Equal Housing Lender poster.
Equal Housing Poster. NCUA amended Part 701.31(d)(3) of their regulations to update the address that Federal Credit Unions are required to have on their posters. In the past, the address was the Office of Examination & Insurance but it should now be NCUA's Office of Consumer Protection.
Updated Language. This rule change was included in the Federal Register yesterday and the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations for 12 C.F.R. 701.31(d)(3) should be updated in the next couple of days. The language for the updated poster can be found here.
Federal Credit Unions. Part 701.31 only applies to federal credit unions. State-chartered credit unions should look to the HUD's Equal Housing Poster in 24 C.F.R. 110.25.
Note: NCUA did not make the distinction in their technical corrections but the existing language of 12 C.F.R. 701.31 indicates NCUA's poster requirement only applies to federal credit unions - here is from Subsection (d)(2):
"(2) Lobby notice of nondiscrimination. Every federal credit union that engages in real estate-related lending must display a notice of nondiscrimination. The notice must be placed in the public lobby of the credit union and in the public area of each office where such loans are made and must be clearly visible to the general public. The notice must incorporate either a facsimile of the logotype and language appearing in paragraph (d)(3) of this section or the logotype and language appearing at 24 CFR 110.25(a). Posters containing the logotype and language appearing in paragraph (d)(3) of this section may be obtained from the regional offices of the National Credit Union Administration." (emphasis added).
Technically, Federal Credit Unions could use either NCUA's poster of the HUD poster - but it makes much more sense to use the NCUA specific language with the new updated address for the Office of Consumer Protection.
Timing? The changed rule became effective immediately - March 21, 2012. However, NCUA staff did indicate at the Board meeting that credit unions would have a reasonable amount of time to update their posters.
While I'm sure a lot of credit unions appreciate the informal implementation time, I'm hoping NCUA has passed this flexible interpretation to their examiners as well.
On Tuesday, NCUA issued Letter to Credit Unions 12-CU-03 which indicates that the unlimited share insurance coverage for shares invested with Corporate Credit Unions will end - as scheduled - on December 31, 2012. The program is formally known as the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Share Guarantee Program (TCCUSGP) - See Letter 09-CU-01 for more information on the program.
If your credit union has funds with a corporate, make sure your credit union is aware of Letter 12-CU-03 as it does a very good job of explaining how the expiration of the unlimited share insurance could impact credit unions.
Note: This does not impact share insurance coverage for funds held at natural person credit unions. Similarly, it does not alter the timeframe for the unlimited share insurance for noninterest-bearing transaction accounts (which is also slated to expire on December 31, 2012 according to Dodd-Frank).