Your members' money exclusively funds the operations of NCUA, and because every single dollar counts, NAFCU holds the NCUA to the highest standards when it comes to managing the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), refunds from the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) and the agency's operating budget.
NCUA has come a long way since NAFCU first called for it to be more transparent, but transparency is just the first step. Now it is incumbent upon us to watch what NCUA does, and to keep the agency accountable.
We take this issue seriously and will remain vigilant, keeping watch to see that your members' money is not frivolously spent or needlessly wasted.
Due to NCUA's projected decline in the NCUSIF equity ratio, agency staff has recommended a premium charge to credit unions in 2017 of three to six basis points. The premium charge would be in an effort to return the equity ratio to the normal operating level of 1.3 percent from its 2017 projections of 1.24 to 1.27 percent.
None of NCUA's projections have indicated that the equity ratio would fall below the statutory minimum of 1.2 percent in 2017.
Our Position: NCUA should work diligently to maintain an equity ratio above the statutory minimum of 1.2 percent through prudent management of the NCUSIF, not an unnecessary and costly premium charge for credit unions in 2017.
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As we have advocated for, NCUA outlined components of the corporate resolution process, as well as a timeline of the NCUA Guaranteed Note (NGN) program and Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) in its December 2016 board briefing. This discussion reiterated that, under the agency's current approach, 2021 is the earliest date in which credit unions can anticipate receiving a refund from the TCCUSF. However, options do exist to enable some refunds to credit unions prior to 2021.
Our Position: NCUA should pursue any and all options available to refund monies to credit unions to offset their costs for the corporate stabilization effort as soon as possible. The NAFCU Board strongly believes that NCUA should be constantly and fluidly examining how it is managing the stabilization fund and credit union money.
Following repeated requests from NAFCU, the NCUA Board held a public budget briefing in October 2016 for the first time in several years. At the briefing, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger delivered remarks urging the NCUA Board to significantly reduce the agency's operating budget. Although slightly lower than draft numbers, the 2017-2018 NCUA operating budget was still increased by 2.5 and 4.7 percent, respectively.
Our Position: The NCUA board should discover efficiencies within the agency to help reduce overall operating budget corresponding to the consolidation of the industry. We urge the agency to continue to provide increased transparency in the budget process as well.
Updated December 2016