Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NCUA Should Revise Its Time Period Metrics for Measuring Performance

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) uses average time period metrics by which to measure its performance.

For example, the agency sets the goal of resolving troubled credit unions as within an average of 24 months of an initial CAMEL downgrade or making a determination on a completed field of membership application as within the average of 60 days.

Instead of setting the goal as averages, NCUA should set the goal as resolving troubled credit unions within 24 months or making a determination on a completed field of membership application within 60 days.

NCUA currently reports the average time period for resolving problem credit unions or processing field of membership applications; but the agency should also report the median time for these metrics, as averages can be deceptive.

The agency ought to report the number and percent of credit unions that met the agency's goals. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) discloses this information, as part of its transparency and accountability initiative.

In addition, NCUA should set a time period goal for making a determination on completed merger applications. I would suggest 60 days, which is the goal set by the FDIC.

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