CUNA Regulatory Comment Call
March 25, 2009
Proposed Rule: FCU Operating Fees
- The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued a proposal that would amend its rule on the assessment of the federal credit union (FCU) operating fee to exclude investments made under CU SIP and CU HARP from the calculation of total assets.
- Since the operating fee is based on total assets, any investment in CU SIP or CU HARP subsequently increase the operating fee.
- NCUA believes that excluding these investments from the operating fee would encourage greater participation in the two programs.
- The operating fee is based on an FCUs total assets as of the close of the previous fiscal year; therefore the proposed amendments would not affect the calculation of the operating fee until 2010.
- Comments are due to NCUA by May 4, 2009; please submit your comments to CUNA by April 21, 2009.
Please feel free to e-mail your responses to Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Mary Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org and to Regulatory Research Counsel Luke Martone at email@example.com. You may also contact us at 800-356-9655, ext. 6743, if you have questions. Click here to access the proposed rule.
The FCU Act requires FCUs to pay an annual operating fee to the NCUA. The NCUA Board has discretion in establishing how the operating fee is determined; it is currently calculated by multiplying the FCUs total assets by a certain percentage that is set by the NCUA. Total assets include all assets created on an FCUs books related to investments made by an FCU that are currently outstanding. Thus, there is a direct correlation between the amount of an FCUs investments and its operating fee.
In December of last year, the Credit Union System Investment Program (CU SIP) and Credit Union Homeowners Affordability Relief Program (CU HARP) were created to assist in stabilizing the corporate credit union system. Under CU SIP, credit unions borrow from the Central Liquidity Facility (CLF) and then invest those proceeds in a corporate credit union. Under CU HARP, credit unionsthat will use the funds to modify at-risk mortgagesborrow from the CLF and then invest those proceeds in a two-year guaranteed CU HARP Note issued by a corporate credit union.
NCUA encourages credit unions to participate in both CU SIP and CU HARP. However, NCUA is concerned that since investments in both these programs result in increased operating fees, some credit unions will refrain from participating.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED RULE
The proposed rule would exclude any asset that is created on the books of a natural person federal credit union when it makes a CU SIP or CU HARP related investment in a corporate credit union from total assets for purposes of calculating the operating fee. Aside from this exclusion, FCUs would continue to calculate their operating fee in the same manner as they currently do.
NCUA intends for this proposed rule to remove the disincentive for FCUs to participate in CU SIP and CU HARP related to the increase in the operating fee.
Since the operating fee is based on an FCUs total assets as of the close of the previous fiscal year, the amendments made in this rule would not affect the calculation of the operating fee until 2010.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE
- Will the proposed rule have any negative or unintended consequences?
- Aside from an increase in the operating fee, are there any other changes that
can be made to increase CU SIP and CU HARP participation?
- Any other concerns or questions regarding the proposed rule?
Eric Richard General Counsel (202) 508-6742 firstname.lastname@example.org |
Mary Mitchell Dunn SVP & Deputy General Counsel (202) 508-6736 email@example.com
Jeffrey Bloch Assistant General Counsel (202) 508-6732 firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Martone Senior Regulatory Counsel (202) 508-6743 email@example.com