BRIEFLY: FCU boards may continue to meet virtually; Fed gov cool to only CU, bank issuance of stable coins; Controversial OCC designee faces confirmation hearing

(Nov. 19, 2021) Flexibility for board meetings originally extended to FCUs during the height of the coronavirus crisis will be extended in the new year, NCUA said this week. In Letter to Federal Credit Unions (LTCU) 21-FCU-06, the agency said a federal credit union (FCU), as allowed for in March of last year, may adopt at any time by a two-thirds vote of its board of directors a bylaw amendment allowing the board to meet virtually. The provision was approved by the agency in response to person-to-person limits on meetings during the coronavirus crisis … The use of stablecoins deserves a look – and issuance should be broader than just that by banks and credit unions – Federal Reserve Board Gov. Christopher Waller said this week. Referring to a report issued Nov. 1 by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets that advocated only federally insured financial institutions could issue the digital payments, Waller said “there may be others that better promote innovation and competition while still protecting consumers and addressing risks to financial stability.” He said he disagrees that stablecoin issuance can or should only be conducted by federally insured banks credit unions “simply because of the nature of the liability … The controversy over OCC Nominee Saule T. Omarova (who faced a confirmation hearing Thursday) was illustrated by competing headlines issued in advance by the top Democrat and Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee. The headline of the press release issued by Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) stated “Saule Omarova is Eminently Qualified to Lead the OCC.” The headline of the release issued by Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) stated: “I’ve Never Seen a Nominee with More Radical Ideas.” The banking industry has also expressed skepticism about the nominee. Omarova told the panel her priorities would be helping small- to medium-sized banks invest locally.



Federal Credit Union Meeting Flexibility in 2022 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Federal Reserve Board Gov. Christopher J. Waller: Reflections on Stablecoins and Payments Innovations

Witness statement: Dr. Saule T. Omarova (Comptroller of the Currency Designate)