Compliance

Compliance Q&A: SARs

January 14, 2010
By Valerie Moss Q Can a credit union share a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) with another credit union under the Section 314(b) information-sharing provisions of the USA Patriot Act ?     A No. Section 314(b) of the USA Patriot Act allows financial institutions to share information with each other... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: OFAC

January 12, 2010
By Valerie Moss Q Must a credit union set up individual accounts for each Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)-blocked party, or can it set up one account to house funds from all blocked accounts? Next : The answer   A OFAC allows a credit union to choose either method.... READ MORE

BSA Compliance Remains a Challenge

December 21, 2009
Expect continued regulatory scrutiny of your BSA compliance program. Most credit unions have adjusted to tougher regulatory scrutiny of their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance programs. Nevertheless, compliance remains a challenge for most, if not all, institutions. That’s why so many credit union compliance... READ MORE

The Plight of Small CUs

December 21, 2009
They face daunting challenges, but their leaders are passionate, motivated, and innovative. And they’re not giving up. CEOs of small credit unions don’t hold those positions to gain fame and fortune. They hold those positions because they have a vision, and they’re passionate about that vision. And... READ MORE

Another Extraordinary Year Ahead

December 21, 2009
The challenges in 2009 were numerous, but so were the accomplishments. I said often in 2009 that it was a most extraordinary year, one of the busiest I’d encountered in my 40 years in Washington. The challenges were numerous, but so were the accomplishments, leading us into... READ MORE

Lead for the Future

December 21, 2009
Executives say certain leadership behaviors have helped their companies through the recent economic crisis, such as inspiring others and defining expectations and rewards. They say those behaviors will also help their companies thrive in the future, according to a McKinsey Quarterly survey. Executives say their focus on these behaviors has... READ MORE

BSA compliance resources

December 15, 2009
Consult these resources for assistance with Bank Secrecy Act compliance: 2010 CUNA BSA Conference CUNA’s Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Guide CUNA’s e-Guide to Federal Laws and Regulations FFIEC BSA/AML Examination Manual Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Office of Foreign Assets Control SAR Activity Review: " By the Numbers " and " Trends,... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Serving Servicemembers

December 15, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q What must a servicemember do to receive the 6% interest rate required by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act  (SCRA)?   A In order to apply for the 6% interest rate, the SCRA requires the servicemember to provide the credit union with a written notice and a... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act

November 30, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q How can a credit union comply with Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act regulations?   A For payment systems (other than card systems), credit unions that are covered by the regulations must have written policies and procedures in place that demonstrate they are performing risk-based due diligence... READ MORE

What's a 'Disability?'

November 23, 2009
Karen Saul New ADAAA provisions reinstate a broad scope of protections. In September 2009, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a notice of proposed rulemaking to conform its regulations to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), which became effective Jan. 1, 2009. The notice proposes changes to... READ MORE

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#VISA #MasterCard Zero Liability Changes

As of October 17, 2014 both VISA and MasterCard will be changing their zero liability policies.  Although they have the same effective date, there are a few key differences to the policy changes: MasterCard Zero liability policy will be expanded to include PIN-based POS and ATM transactions (currently these transactions do not qualify for zero […]

#FinCEN smuggling & trafficking guidance

Detecting and reporting suspicious transactions is essential in the financial industry. FinCEN issued an advisory last week to help financial institutions identify “red flags” to assist with the identification and reporting of suspicious financial activities connected with human smuggling and trafficking. Detecting and reporting: Important observations when interacting with members and throughout the credit unions […]

SCRA: An Acronym You Need to Know

In May, the United States Department of Justice announced a $60 million settlement with student loan servicer Sallie Mae for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). As a result, the once seemingly forgotten 4th fair lending law now resumes its rightful place center stage. If it’s been awhile since your credit union’s […]
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