Compliance Blog

Jan 22, 2013

Economic Census Forms; Upcoming Webinars & Webcasts

Written by Steve Van Beek

Economic Census.  Your credit union may have gotten an Economic Census form (the forms were sent between October and December).  The deadline for completion is February 12th.  To help facilitate understanding of this form and the requirement, the Office of Business Liaison at the Department of Commerce has put together information, numerous FAQs and is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 24th at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Note: There was a prior webinar on October 11th, 2012.  The slides from that presentation are here (very large PPT file) and a transcript is available here.

There are additional help resources available here.  

The FAQs include specific information for different industries - including credit unions.  The credit union FAQs are here and forms are here.  Remember, the deadline is February 12th, 2013.  

Note:  Not every credit union will receive a form.  But, be sure to check with folks and see if your CU has and make sure it is completed by February 12th. 

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There are also numerous other webinars and webcasts this week.  

NCUA Webinar on Serving Low-Income Members.  NCUA is hosting a free webinar on Strategic Issues for Servicing Low-Income Members.  This webinar is Wednesday, January 23rd at 2 p.m. EST.  If your credit union recently received your low-income designation, this might be a useful webinar.  Here is from the announcement:

"Staff from [NCUA's] OSCUI and NCUA’s Office of Consumer Protection will discuss ways low-income designated credit unions may improve and increase service to low-income members. In addition, the staff will present sample products and services designed to meet the needs of these members."

You can register here. 

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NCUA HMDA Webinar.  NCUA will also be offering a free webinar entitled HMDA: Accuracy and Timeliness.

The webinar will be Thursday, January 24th at 2 p.m. EST.  You can register for the webinar here and you can also send any questions to webinarquestions@ncua.gov.  

NCUA also recently issued Regulatory Alert 13-2 which highlights the March 1, 2013 deadline for submitting HMDA data.  Earlier, they had sent Regulatory Alert 13-1 which discusses the $42 million asset threshold for 2013 HMDA reporting.

Does anyone know how these Regulatory Alerts are delivered?  Why don't they go through NCUA Express?  Another one they buried on their website was Regulatory Alert 12-4 on the CFPB's Remittance Rule. 

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Upcoming NAFCU Webcasts.  NAFCU will be offering a very full slate of webcasts in 2013.  And, you can be assured that quite a few will be focusing on compliance - especially the new mortgage requirements.  Below are our next couple webcasts:

  • The CFPB's International Remittance Transfer Disclosure Rules - Thursday, January 24th from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST.  Mary Lou Heighes will walk attendees through the final rule as well as aspects of the proposed rule that you need to know.  Mary-Lou has been very involved in the remittance transfer rule from the start and gave a great presentation at our Compliance Seminar in October.  And, because of the importance of this rule - we are extending the early-bird registration price indefinitely.  You can sign-up for this webcast any time and receive the early-bird price.  

Remember: All of NAFCU's webcasts are available on-demand as well.  If you can't make the live webcast (perhaps because you need to watch the HMDA webinar or the Census webinar live), you can always watch the on-demand webcast at a later date.

NCCOs:  Both of the webcasts above will earn credits toward renewing your NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO) designation.  If you see this logo - NCCOLogo - NAFCU - you'll be sure the webcast will be offering NCCO credits.

New NCCO Affidavit Process:  We also have a new, streamlined NCCO affidavit.  You can find the fillable-form located here.  If you are an NCCO and attend a NAFCU webcast with this symbol -  NCCOLogo - NAFCU - be sure to use this form.