Lack of Accountability

Credit unions insist they are different than banks, and they are: they are less regulated. They hide behind the veil of their proud history as financial service providers to at-risk communities, and avoid rigorous regulatory oversight. Inadequate reporting standards have shielded the credit union industry from scrutiny. 

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Expert Views

Josh Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
The Community Reinvestment Act should be expanded to cover credit unions, other nonbank lenders and insurers, according to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Noting the growing share of nonbanks and credit unions in mortgage lending, NCRC Senior Policy Adviser Josh Silver argued that if nonbanks remain outside of CRA, “the competitive position of banks eventually will be undermined to the detriment of access to safe and sound credit and capital for LMI communities.” 
— National Community Reinvestment Coalition, 2020
Todd Harper, Then-NCUA Board Member and Current NCUA Chairman
“Why should it take complex, federally insured credit unions with $500 million or more in assets seven or eight years longer to implement their comparable risk-based capital rule than it took for banks and thrifts to implement theirs? That’s an uneven regulatory playing field.” 
— National Credit Union Administration, 2019

Recent News and Insights


GreenState Credit Union, an Iowa-based industry giant with 270,000 members and nearly $7.5 billion in assets, announced in May 2017 its plan to buy not one but two out-of-state banks in Nebraska and Illinois in an effort to expand its geographic footprint and fuel membership growth.


On Wednesday, the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing focused on “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.” Among other financial services regulators, the NCUA Chairman will be testifying.


NCUA’s rush to expand the powers of CUSOs—the organizations that provide financial and operational services for credit unions—has many small credit unions wondering what the hurry is all about. The industry’s little guys risk losing business should CUSOs be allowed even more unregulated, untaxed, and unfettered access to consumers than they already have.

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