From a retired 30-year CEO commenting on NCUA’s oversight of loans to credit union executives and directors- (2021).
“I hope NCUA has improved their guidance for loans to Management and the Board of Directors. We merged with a credit union that had a policy that Board members, management and their families could borrow $100,000 each unsecured. When we merged with them we found the Manager, his wife and two sons each borrowed $100,000 as well as the Asst Manager and two directors.
Each went bankrupt and the loans were never paid. When I challenged NCUA, CUMIS and our lawyers, they all said since they went bankrupt, we could not collect from them as long as the Board approved the policy allowing them to borrow up to $100,000 each unsecured. NCUA should have a policy that officials cannot have special terms that the members do not have. “
Changing Role of the Regulator: A Relationship That Should Be Based on Mutual Respect (1984)
“. . . it seemed as though we would never escape the attitude that the regulator knows best. . . A dramatic change has taken place in the last few years. We now have a federal regulatory agency which openly concedes that credit union people know more about running credit unions than the agency does. . .
The relationship between credit unions and the regulatory agency is one founded on mutual self-respect, and on the realization that both sides share equally in the responsibility for the survival and future development of credit unions. . .
The nature of the federal bureaucracy being what it is. . .there will be a great amount of inertia to cause it to revert a less creative and less cooperative approach to regulating credit unions.
I would not like to see that happen.”
Frank Wielga, CEO Pennsylvania State Employees credit Union. Source: NCUA 1984 Annual Report