The NCUA board’s emerging redesign

Since Todd Harper moved from a minority board member to chair in February, board members have become more vital in overseeing agency activities.  Their increasing dialogue and comments at public meetings, if followed through, could be a harbinger of greater NCUA accountability to the credit union system.

In theory, the board should be the true point of connection with, and representative of, the best interests of credit unions and their members.  In practice, chairman of different backgrounds, parties and ambitions have acted as the sole leader for the agency.  Some have openly stated and/or acted as though credit unions have no role in the agency’s spending, its problem solving, or its management priorities.

Some non-chair members have occasionally treated their status as a part time job, a public sinecure requiring only visibility at board meetings, like credit union volunteer directors.  That does not seem to be the case now.


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