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Just Before Election Heads Into Final Stretch, Northwest CU Leaders Hike the Hill in DC

Credit union advocates from Oregon and Washington visited legislators from both states to share the Credit Union Difference and stances on critical issues affecting their members.

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Famed Former Con Man Frank Abagnale to Headline Anti Fraud Event in Portland

Since being caught posing as an airline pilot, doctor and attorney—and played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can—the current FBI consultant tours as part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, sharing his insights on how to keep personal data safe.

Emerging Leaders: Reflection, Learning & Practice

This is the second installment of guest blogger Jennifer Smith from Maps Credit Union, as she works through the Emerging Leaders program.

Compliance Center: CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule on Operations in Rural Areas Under Regulation Z

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Interim Final Rule that broadens the availability of certain provisions for small creditors that operate in rural or underserved areas. The new rule, which takes effect on March 31, 2016. Read today’s Compliance update to find out more.

Compliance Center: IRS Reminds Taxpayers About Retirement Plan Distribution Deadline

Here’s what the IRS has to say about required minimum distributions; your question answered about recouping waived settlement costs on a member business loan; plus this week’s legal briefs.

Compliance Center: CFPB Releases New Tools as Part of ‘Know Before You Owe’ Mortgage Initiative

Learn about the CFPB’s new tools; your question answered on tolerance violation refunds under TILA/RESPA; plus this week’s legal briefs.

‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule to be Delayed Two Months

The CFPB announced that it had discovered an administrative error, which prompted the delay.

Compliance Center: It’s Gut-Check Time for TILA/RESPA Compliance

With spring comes final TILA/RESPA planning; question about NSF fees answered; plus this week’s legal briefs.

Washington Legislative Update: Credit Union Bills Await Floor Vote

As credit union advocates gathered en masse at the capitol, credit union bills passed out of committee.

The Difference: Peninsula Member Rebuilds His Business After Recession

Bryan Shorten lost his custom tile business and his impeccable credit history to the recession. His credit union helped him rebuild both.

Washington Legislative Week in Review, Feb 2-6

Both NWCUA-sponsored bills to amend the Washington Credit Union Act are up for hearings this week.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Deadline Weeds Out WASHPOT, Other Bills

Several bills of interest to credit unions failed to clear their house of origin by last week’s deadline, but others – including the NWCUA-sponsored credit union merger bill — are still in play and have until Feb. 28 to pass their policy committee in the opposite house.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Gesa Credit Union names Don Miller president and CEO after a nationwide search; Bill Before, STCU’s chief financial officer, is now also its chief lending officer; Columbia Credit Union names Paul Stednitz vice president of branch services; St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union promotes Steve Jensen to chief credit officer; Harborstone Credit Union, Numerica Credit Union, O Bee Credit Union, PrimeSource Credit Union and Rogue Credit Union make the season merry for Northwest families and nonprofits.

Compliance Reminders for the End of the Year

Credit unions have until Dec. 31 to register or renew their Mortgage Loan Originators and complete both a SAFE Act and ACH audit.

Robbery Training Ensures That All Employees Are Prepared

Credit unions need to make sure that policies and procedures are in place and that every employee knows what’s expected of them before, during, and after a robbery.

CU Planet Blog to Tell the Credit Union Story; Journey Starts in Northwest

Three Northwest credit union stories are being told on the national blog CU Planet, which launched in video format on International Credit Union Day. According to its mission statement, CU Planet is a multimedia site “about people who imagine a better world and believe in the power of working together to improve lives.”

Compliance Question of the Week

The Compliance Question of the Week finds answers to a compelling question. Can we refuse to cash a check drawn off our credit union?

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Northwest Credit Union Leaders to Continue Service on Catalyst Board of Directors

Northwest credit union leaders Rick Hein and Bill Before will continue service as members of the board for Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union. The corporate credit union serves 1,300 credit unions across the country.