Written by Steve Van Beek
Last week, I wrote an article for CUinsight.com that asked How Can Credit Unions Create a Culture of Compliance? Here is a snippet:
"So, how can we change our culture into a culture of compliance – an environment where we can stop compliance snafus before they begin, by building risk management into product development from the start?
In the past, a compliance officer would be brought into a discussion at the tail end of a project’s development, to give approval or disapproval. In today’s world, a compliance officer needs a seat at the table to help evaluate the various risks of a new product or service. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not just rule- and requirement-focused – it is principle-focused. Their offices want to know not only if a credit union’s product or service is compliant with rules and guidance, but if that product or service provides a real benefit to members." (Emphasis added).
As compliance plays a larger and larger role at credit unions, compliance officers need to expand their skill sets. Rather than sitting back, they need to take charge and demonstrate how an effective compliance program at the credit union can reduce compliance, strategic and reputation risks.
While compliance professionals usually attend NAFCU's two compliance conferences (School & Seminar), I'd recommend taking a look at NAFCU's Management & Leadership Institute - October 7-11 in Philadelphia, PA. To successfully create a culture of compliance, compliance officers need to expand their leadership skills and this conference provides those tools - including:
- Tools to effectively build relationships with board members;
- Successful communication techniques to help move projects forward;
- Tactics for leading a successful credit union— from operations to marketing; and
- Clarity on board vs. management roles.
Qualified Residential Mortgage Proposal. Last week, the FDIC, OCC, FHFA, SEC and the Federal Reserve released a joint proposed rule (replacing the prior proposal) that would define a "qualified residential mortgage." Importantly, this proposed rule would not directly impact credit unions; however, it will impact the secondary mortgage market.
One important improvement is that the proposed definition of "qualified residential mortgage" would be aligned with the CFPB's definition of "qualified mortgage." However, the devil is always in the details and the proposed definition of "qualified residential mortgage" would only be aligned with the CFPB's "general definition of qualified mortgage." According to the proposal, the definition of "qualified residential mortgage" would not include a mortgage that attains “qualified mortgage” status on the basis of being eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, issued by a “small creditor” (as defined in the CFPB’s rule), or is a “qualified mortgage" balloon loan.
Latest Interchange Video. Looking for the latest on interchange? Check out NAFCU's Interchange Fee issue page - including the latest video update from NAFCU's Carrie Hunt.
September Compliance Monitor. The September 2013 NAFCU Compliance Monitor is now available for download by NAFCU members. This month's articles are on NCUA's Loan Participation Rule and the CFPB's Remittance Transfer Rule. And, of course, the latest Compliance Calendar is also available.