Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, Credit Union Service Organizations; Comment Request
The NCUA intends to submit the following information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). This information collection is published to obtain comments from the public. NCUA amended its credit union service organization (CUSO) regulation to increase transparency and address certain safety and soundness concerns. The final rule extends certain requirements of the CUSO regulation to federally insured, state- chartered credit unions and imposes new requirements on federally insured credit unions (FICUs). Under the amended rule FICUs with an investment in, or loan to, a CUSO must obtain a written agreement with the CUSO addressing accounting, financial statements, audits, reporting, and legal opinions. The rule limits the ability of a ``less than adequately capitalized'' FICU to recapitalize an insolvent CUSO. All CUSOs are required to annually provide basic profile information to NCUA and the appropriate state supervisory authority (SSA). CUSOs engaging in certain complex or high-risk activities are also required to report more detailed information, including audited financial statements and customer information.
Member Business Loans; Commercial Lending
As part of NCUA's Regulatory Modernization Initiative, the NCUA Board (Board) proposes to amend its member business loans (MBL) rule to provide federally insured credit unions with greater flexibility and individual autonomy in safely and soundly providing commercial and business loans to serve their members. The proposed amendments would modernize the regulatory requirements that govern credit union commercial lending activities by replacing the current rule's prescriptive requirements and limitationssuch as collateral and security requirements, equity requirements, and loan limitswith a broad principles-based regulatory approach. As such, the amendments would also eliminate the current MBL waiver process, which is unnecessary under a principles-based rule. The Board emphasizes that the proposed rule represents a change in regulatory approach and supervisory expectations for safe and sound lending would change accordingly. With adoption of a final rule, NCUA would publish updated supervisory guidance to examiners, which would be shared with credit unions, to provide more extensive discussion of expectations in relation to the revised rule.