WASHINGTON (2/26/14)--The Senate Banking Committee has announced a March 4 hearing for the nomination of Mark McWatters to become a member of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board.
President Obama announced his intent to nominate McWatters in mid-December and sent the nomination to the Senate in early January. The NCUA nominee must be approved by the committee and the full Senate to take a seat on the NCUA board.
If confirmed, McWatters would replace board member Michael Fryzel, whose term ended Aug. 2. Fryzel will continue to serve until McWatters is confirmed.
McWatters served in 2009 as counsel for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who has been the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee since January 2013. McWatters is currently dean for graduate programs at Southern Methodist University's School of Law in Dallas.
He was a member of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel in Washington, D.C., from December 2009 to April 2011. TARP--or the Troubled Asset Relief Program--refers to the $700 billion fund established in 2008 to help stabilize the economy after the downturn caused by a burst housing market bubble.
The supervisory panel was charged with overseeing the investment of TARP funds in an array of systemically significant and other institutions including megabanks like Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, AIG, GM, GMAC, Chrysler as well as approximately 700 additional financial institutions.