NCUA proposes to amend its regulation governing a federal credit union's (FCU's) incidental powers by adding illustrations of permissible activities under the categories of correspondent services, operational programs, and finder activities. These amendments will provide useful information to FCUs by clarifying and updating the illustrations regarding permissible activities.
Illustrations of Consumer Information for Hybrid Adjustable Rate Mortgage Products
The Agencies are publishing four documents that set forth Illustrations of Consumer Information for Hybrid Adjustable Rate Mortgage Products. The illustrations are intended to assist institutions in implementing the consumer protection portion of the Interagency Statement on Subprime Mortgage Lending adopted on July 10, 2007, and in providing information to consumers on hybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) products as recommended by that interagency statement. The illustrations are not model forms and institutions may choose not to use them.
NCUA is amending a number of its regulations by making minor technical corrections and grammatical changes. The amendments delete duplicate words, add proper punctuations, and make other grammatically necessary corrections. The amendments are intended to provide helpful changes to NCUA's regulations.
Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices
The Board, OTS, and NCUA (collectively, the Agencies) are proposing to exercise their authority under section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act to prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The proposed rule would prohibit institutions from engaging in certain acts or practices in connection with consumer credit cards accounts and overdraft services for deposit accounts. This proposal evolved from the Board's June 2007 Notice of Proposed Rule under the Truth in Lending Act and OTS's August 2007 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Federal Trade Commission Act. The proposed rule relates to other Board proposals under the Truth in Lending Act and the Truth in Savings Act, which are published elsewhere in today's Federal Register.
Credit Union Service Organizations
NCUA proposes to change its credit union service organization (CUSO) rule by adding two new categories of permissible CUSO activities: Credit card loan origination and payroll processing services. The proposal would also add new examples of permissible CUSO activities within existing categories and would expand the scope of two categories of services to include persons eligible for credit union membership. The proposal would impose new regulatory limits on the ability of credit unions to recapitalize their CUSOs in certain circumstances. While the CUSO rule generally only applies to federal credit unions (FCUs), the proposal would revise and extend to all federally insured credit unions the provisions ensuring that credit union regulators have access to books and records and that CUSOs are operated as separate legal entities. The proposal would also clarify that CUSOs may buy and sell participations in loans they are authorized to originate under the current rule. Finally, NCUA proposes to delete as unnecessary the section in the current rule concerning amendment requests. These amendments will clarify the rule while enhancing CUSO operations and addressing safety and soundness concerns.