NCUA’s latest Letter to Credit Unions (20-CU-17) provides an update to the agency’s offsite examination and supervision approach due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. According to NCUA, the changes to NCUA’s examination and supervision approach are effective June 1.
NCUA’s offsite policy for all employees and contracted support staff will remain in effect until further notice. Generally, NCUA staff will not schedule onsite examination work until further notice.
Examiners will also be mindful of the impact information requests may have on a credit union experiencing operational and staffing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCUA will issue examination reports for examinations completed offsite.
However, NCUA “understands that credit unions need to focus on providing uninterrupted service to their members. Any corrective actions issued to a credit union will consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the credit union’s operations and financial condition, and will be prioritized appropriately,” the letter reads.
Examiners will also consider the extraordinary circumstances credit unions are facing when reviewing a credit union’s financial and operational condition and assigning CAMEL and risk ratings. An examination report may acknowledge that the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on a credit union’s financial condition and operations remain unknown.
“NCUA examiners will not criticize a credit union’s efforts to provide prudent relief for members when such efforts are conducted in a reasonable manner with proper controls and management oversight,” the letter reads. “However, examiners will consider whether such efforts elevate, or reduce, a credit union’s risk exposure. If a credit union has taken on additional risk, even if done prudently, this may be reflected in the credit union’s applicable CAMEL and risk ratings.