Smaller credit unions may also be able to get specialized assistance from their leagues.
Members of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) demand it, says Compliance Administrator John F. Kilduff. More than half of PCUA's member credit unions have less than $20 million in assets.
PCUA offers a variety of services to small credit unions, Kilduff says, including:
SCUNet, a small credit union network offered via the league’s website;
News and information specifically for small credit unions via a monthly electronic newsletter;
Mentoring, where credit union personnel can seek advice and help on various topics from their peers;
Discounts for webinars and conferences;
Compliance assistance through a program called Compliance Cavalry, which provides consulting, training, and policy reviews;
Financial grants through a foundation that awards up to $5,000 to assist with training, education, marketing, and other needs; and
Face-to-face networking through the PCUA’s credit union chapters.
With CUNA’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference, hosted in conjunction with the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors, coming up next month, CUNA’s compliance staff went into detail of the NCUA’s BSA compliance program in a recent CompBlog entry.
President Barack Obama sent greetings Thursday to those celebrating International Credit Union Day. CUNA worked closely with the White House on the statement, and a number of credit union-friendly legislators also weighed in with the White House.
The NCUA’s Tuesday announcement that it will repay the U.S. Treasury in full is a good sign for credit unions, said CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel. The agency will repay the $1 billion outstanding balance before Oct. 31.