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More credit unions could see their regulatory burdens ease if the Small Business Administration (SBA) goes through with its proposal to raise the size standard to $500 million for a credit union to be considered a small entity, CUNA wrote in a Nov. 13 comment letter. CUNA favors having the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) set the size standard at the same level as SBA and supports having the NCUA review the standard every 18 months. CUNA has communicated those views to the NCUA via a separate letter.  Read More
The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (``OFAC'') has issued regulations to implement Executive Order 13611 of May 16, 2012 (``Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen''). OFAC intends to supplement this part 552 with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy.  Read more.
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it is delaying the effective date for implementation of certain provisions of its final rule amending the Board’s Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2012. The final rule’s effective date is being delayed to allow for further development and testing of the automated systems necessary to support the implementation of certain provisions.  The  effective date for certain amendments to the regulation is delayed from January 24, 2013 to July 27, 2013.  Read more.
The NCUA has announced new call reporting requirements for credit unions that includes the recent troubled debt restructuring regulations and helps the agency keep closer tabs on delinquent auto and business loans.  Read More
CUNA in a comment letter agreed that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks the authority to regulate card fees charged before an account is opened, such as an application fee, but also warned that the CFPB's decision to only regulate fees charged after account opening could subject consumers to potentially abusive fees from non-credit union lenders.  Read More

Yesterday, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") published the name of an individual designated on October 18, 2012 as a person whose property and interests in property is blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011 “Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya.” Read more.

A new twist in the distributed denial of service attacks against a dozen large financial institutions surfaced Tuesday, according to BITS, the technology division of the Financial Services Roundtable. Cyber criminals hit one of the previously attacked institutions a second time.  Read More
CUNA in a Wednesday comment letter suggested several significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plans to introduce additional standards for mortgage loan originator compensation, and urged the agency to shield credit unions from the impact of the proposal, where possible. Read More
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (``OFAC'') published the names of two entities whose property and interests in property have been blocked pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (``Kingpin Act'') (21 U.S.C. 1901-1908, 8 U.S.C. 1182). In addition, OFAC has published additions to the identifying information for two individuals previously designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act.  Read more.
CUNA in a pair of comment letters pressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to exempt credit unions from many provisions of proposed mortgage servicing rules, or to refrain from applying provisions to credit unions in the proposals that do not implement a specific statutory requirement.  Read More