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The issue of the NCUA letter--confidential or not--raised similar questions in my mind...However, this is certainly not the first time in recent years that "Hypocrisy and NCUA" have been said in the same breath. I appreciate the insigths expressed in the article and applaud the challenge for our industry to demand better.
I think a more important question is who is rating the rater? If you were not forced would you pay for NCUA? Have they not been a part of more losses to the industry than any vendor? What would happen if they actually had competition.
They are generally clueless. With the country screaming about the GSA on junkets in Vegas, NCUA has a conference in Disney world in a resort! Its the member's money they are spending!!!!!!
The decision by NCUA could influence customers of FIS to consider alternatives when FIS has been an excellent provider of services to many credit unions and banks for years. It makes anyone who is regulated uncomfortable commenting as you don't know who's next and whether this action was forewarned.
I guess this column would come under the "what's sauce for the gander . . ." category.
As a staffer AND member of CUs - the transparency is critical - but also will make all our jobs more difficult. Just as people are running to CUs without the knowledge that their home loans can still be sold there, or that many CUs invest in bank CDs - it is a fine line we walk.
I was reading with full agreement up to the comments about disclosure of CAMEL. I am not sure that you really want government agencies picking winners and losers in the market place.
In the brave new world of technology all systems are subject to attack. I wonder if FIS may actually be a safer system than smaller alternatives. If you can point to a processor who is absolutely secure, than I would say disclose. I think they hack the Pentagon on a regular schedule. Do we change the military?
Great article. I was taken aback by the threat on the cover letter from NCUA that if we shared this info we would be subject to federal penalties, fine and jail. This was sent to 7000 credit union that have up to nine member boards. It was on sent regular us mail on faded copy paper. I have no relationship with FIS and I do not care to have that info. Will this threat be on all NCUA letters now?
I, for one applaud your insightful comments on the issues this latest action by NCUA raises.
I am wondering what the intent behind the release of this type of report was? Why didn’t the NCUA and FDIC rely on FIS to fulfill their responsibility to their credit union customers to inform them of relevant issues and corrective actions undertaken/planned, rather than take this unprecedented action?
As a CPA that audits credit unions and CUSO's I’m quite surprised by the release of such confidential information, particularly when done in a vacuum and without any organized framework or precedent for doing so. The auditing profession has long been the primary “watchdog” for CUSO organization internal controls and I’m sure FIS has such reports available (under the framework of SAS 70 and now SSAE 16). Perhaps sharing the service auditor’s report might fairly tell the FIS internal control story.
Roger A. Jones, CPA
These are thoughtful comments. The subject needs to be discussed.
i agree with the bullying comments. the disclosure of FIS gave no detail to be useful to a CU. it has all the hallmarks of FDIC/NCUA stricking it to someone that they disagreed with. Rather than deal with the issues of the matter, the regulators arbitrarily disclosed information, then told the CUs to keep it confidential. By the way, i have seen no hand-wringing from FDIC/NCUA that their confidential information about FIS has been released to the media and public at large.
It seems to be the same thing that they did to State Employees when they released the CAMEL issued from the NC state regulator (not the NCUA CAMEL). In that case, NCUA decided to punish all NC state chartered CUs.
NCUA and the state offices of financial regulation are not elected and have no accountability. As such they know that their actions cannot be challenged and for the regulated there exists the fear of reprisal. Nobody at NCUA or a state OFR has ever apologized for their conduct, errors, or accepted responsibility. If the American consumers understood how poorly the regulatory agencies are managed and the harm they cause, that would shake their confidence far more than a leaked exam report.
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