(Feb. 5, 2021) New NCUA Board Chairman Harper met with state regulators this week during a regularly scheduled conference call of state regulators. During the hour-long “regulator to regulator” session, the new NCUA leader outlined his priorities for the agency in 2021 and responded to questions from the state supervisors … An advisory warning financial institutions of a proliferation of fraud schemes tied to health care or health insurance services bought and paid for amid the COVID-19 pandemic was issued this week by the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The agency said law enforcement and financial institutions have detected numerous instances of potential frauds to health care benefit programs, health insurance, and COVID-19 health care relief funds. The advisory also stated that frauds have also been seen related to COVID-19 relief funds for health care providers, such as those provided under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act (HCEA) … The Federal Reserve now says 2023 (rather than 2024) is the launch time for its planned FedNow instant payments system. The agency said the one-year, shortened timeframe is the result of “significant strides” made over the last several months toward program milestones. The Fed said it continues to take a phased approach to launching the service, with the initial launch set for two years from now to include core clearing and settlement functionality and key value-added features, such as a request-for-payment capability and tools to support participants in their handling of payment inquiries, reconcilements and certain exceptions … The Texas Credit Union Department has a job opening for a Director of Examination Support Activities (Director IV); see the State Job Announcements page on the NASCUS website for more information.