NAFCU statement on NCUA board action on IOLTA

WASHINGTON, DC (December 17, 2015) — National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger issued the following statement in response to the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) finalization of its proposed rule for implementing last year’s Federal Credit Union Act revisions ensuring parity in coverage of Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts and “other similar escrow” accounts.

“NAFCU and our members appreciate the agency’s efforts to incorporate the “Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act” into its rules and regulations,” said Berger.  “However, we believe the agency could have done more in adopting a more flexible definition of “other similar escrow accounts.”

The final rule would insure IOLTAs and “other similar escrow accounts,” which are defined as accounts where a licensed professional or other individual serving in a fiduciary capacity holds funds on behalf of another. Accounts do not need to be specifically enumerated in the rule to receive coverage, but instead just need to meet this definition.

NCUA also changed the previous term “realtor escrow accounts” to “real estate escrow accounts” after NAFCU’s suggestion to do so.


The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions is the only national trade association focusing exclusively on federal issues affecting the nation’s federally-insured credit unions. NAFCU membership is direct and provides credit unions with the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. For more information on NAFCU, go to or @NAFCU on Twitter.


Molly Safreed, (NAFCU)

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