Compliance

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

Prepare for Overdraft Protection Rules

November 23, 2009
Valerie Y. Moss CUNA opposes legislation that could adversely affect CUs’ overdraft programs. Many credit unions offer overdraft (“bounce”) protection or “courtesy pay” programs to help members resolve short-term financial problems. These programs, when members use them appropriately, serve as a valuable alternative to overdrawing their share accounts. They can... READ MORE

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#Mortgage Rescission: Lawsuit or Letter Required?

Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to weigh in on whether federal law requires borrowers to notify their lender in writing that they intend to rescind their mortgage or if the borrower must file a lawsuit making the claim, within a three year period. Now you may be thinking “Three YEARS!”  I thought […]

Another Year and Another Renewal for SAFE ACT

I figured I would get a good jump on the reminder for credit unions to renew registrations for your Mortgage Loan Originators (MLO) in order to comply with the requirements of the SAFE Act. With the holidays right around the corner , and year end for credit unions, I know it is a busy time for everyone. […]

#2014Election Results: What Does This Mean for Credit Unions?

Due in large part to the advocacy efforts of credit union supporters, 25 out of 29 pro-credit union Senate candidates were victorious on Tuesday.  In addition, credit union-supported candidates had a 92% success rate in House elections, with 336 of the 367 candidates coming out on top.  By and large, the midterm elections resulted in […]
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