(Aug. 20, 2021) Summaries of three recent issuances from NCUA – on capitalizing loans, the rollout of the new examination tool, and on mortgage servicing rules – were published by NASCUS this week.
All three are available to members only. The summaries cover issuances – two letters to credit unions and one regulatory alert – issued by the agency over the last three weeks or so.
Early this month, the agency issued letter to credit unions (LTCU) 21-CU-07, which outlined limits on capitalization of loans to members. In particular, the letter pointed out, the financing of fees and commissions continue to be prohibited for federally insured credit unions, despite adoption of the new rule earlier this year allowing capitalization of loan interest. In the letter, the agency said that maintaining the prohibition on capitalization of fees “is an important consumer protection feature of the rule for member borrowers.”
In June, the agency’s board voted unanimously to lift the prohibition of capitalization of interest in connection with loan workouts and modifications; the rule took effect July 30. The change was made, NCUA said, to give borrowers additional access to loan workouts, perhaps caused by the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.
The second letter (LTCU 21-CU-08) summarized listed the new applications (and their implementation) the agency is employing for assisting in exams and communicating to credit unions. The letter, issued just last week, noted that the agency would begin transitioning to its new Modern Examination and Risk Identification Tool (MERIT) exam tool and other applications meant to modernize and streamline the agency’s operations. The other tools include the Data Exchange Application (DEXA), the Administrative Portal, and the Consumer Access Process and Reporting Information System (CAPRIS) for federal credit unions.
The letter also offers insights about who at credit unions can use the new tools, and how the tools integrate with state supervisory authority (SSA) examination and supervision programs.
The third item summarized by NASCUS and published this week is of a regulatory alert (21-RA-08), which urges review of CFPB mortgage servicing rules. According to the alert, credit unions are urged to review the June 30 rule temporarily amending certain mortgage servicing requirements under the bureau’s Regulation X to assist borrowers affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The alert noted that the CFPB rule — which takes effect Aug. 31 — only applies to servicers that service mortgages secured by a borrower’s principal residence and does not apply to small servicers.