In a recent National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Letter to Credit Unions the agency outlines changes to the examination scheduling policy for healthy credit unions with less than $1 billion in assets that went into effective Jan. 1 of this year.
Approved by the NCUA Board in November, the changes will allow the NCUA to:
Provide flexibility to address risks and be more responsive during economic downturns
Improve coordination of state supervisors
Increase efficiency through joint examinations
Address numerous risk factors and prioritize resources
Updated Exam Cycles
Examinations for those federal credit unions meeting eligibility requirements for an extended cycle will begin between 14 and 20 months from the prior examination completion date. Examinations for all other federal credit unions will begin between 8 and 12 months from the prior examination completion date.
Federally insured state-chartered credit unions with assets greater than $1 billion; CAMEL rating 4 or 5 with assets greater than $50 million; or with a CAMEL rating 3 with assets greater than $250 million will receive NCUA exams that will begin between 8 and 12 months from the prior examination completion date.
NAFCU continues to call for an extended exam cycle for all well-run, healthy credit unions regardless of asset size.