Matz: New Office of National Examinations and Supervision Coming in 2013
Reorganization Reallocates Existing Resources to Focus on the Largest
Credit Unions and Protect the Share Insurance Fund from Losses
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) will change with an
evolving credit union industry by creating an Office of National
Examinations and Supervision, said NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz. Matz
announced the reorganization at the National Association of Federal
Credit Unions’ 45th Annual Conference and Exposition here today.
“One-size-fits-all supervision is
simply no longer appropriate in a credit union industry with nearly 100
million members and more than $1 trillion in assets,” said Matz.
“Supervising a $10 million credit union the same as a $10 billion credit
union doesn’t make sense. As we all know, larger risks have wider
consequences. So, we are reorganizing our existing resources to create
an Office of National Examinations and Supervision to enhance oversight
of the nation’s largest consumer credit unions—those with more than $10
billion in assets—and also assume supervision of corporate credit
NCUA Putting Exam Resources Where They’re Needed Most
currently spends 45 percent of examination hours on credit unions with
less than $50 million in assets, yet this group holds only seven percent
of overall industry assets. Meanwhile, the largest credit unions—those
with more than $1 billion in assets—hold 47 percent of industry assets
and receive only 10 percent of examination hours.
To address this imbalance, NCUA
will concentrate more hours and more attention where more of the
industry’s risk is held. The reallocation of examiner resources from
smaller credit unions to the largest ones means examiners will spend
less time in well-performing small credit unions.
“Fewer and fewer credit unions are
holding more and more total assets,” added Matz. “The new office will
be dedicated to the challenges of supervising the largest credit unions,
promoting consistency of exam practices. In addition, this office will
leverage national and regional expertise to promote high-quality
evaluations of risk and risk management practices. This is not about
keeping credit unions from getting too big to fail; it’s about keeping
them from failing.”
The Office of National Examinations and Supervision will open its doors Jan. 1, 2013.
Sensibly Reshaping Credit Union Regulations
during her speech, Matz listed several other areas in which NCUA plans
to act on credit unions’ ideas and concerns to sensibly reshape credit
union regulation. In the coming months, NCUA will consider plans to:
Broaden the definition of a
“small” credit union so more credit unions can receive regulatory
relief and technical assistance from NCUA.
Expand the districts that comprise rural fields of membership.
Approve the use of video teller machines to reach new employee groups and underserved areas.
Allow credit unions to buy Treasury Inflation Protected Securities.
Increase the maximum
application fee for short-term small loans to be more cost-effective and
permit more credit unions to offer a consumer-friendly alternative to
“We are reshaping the regulatory
environment based on the input of a world-class group of experts—you,”
Matz told her audience. “Our regulatory approach begins with listening,
and we intend to keep listening.”