UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION BOARD
In the Matter of [redacted] Federal Credit Union
Docket No. 99-FOM-007
Decision and Order on Appeal
This matter comes before the National Credit Union Administration Board (Board) on appeal from the [redacted] Federal Credit Union (Appellant). The Region II Director denied the Appellant’s applications to add four employee groups to its field of membership. It also denied the Appellant’s request for reconsideration of its denial of one of the groups.
Appellant is a multiple common bond credit union located in [redacted]. It was chartered in 1940. Appellant’s net worth ratio was [redacted] in December 1998, [redacted] in June 1999, and [redacted] in October 1999. Appellant does not dispute these net worth figures. In February 1999, Appellant applied to add four employee groups to its field of membership. The groups are: [redacted] The Region II Director denied the four requests because Appellant did not meet the minimum net worth requirement for multiple common bond field of membership expansion. On March 12, 1999, Appellant requested that the Region reconsider the denial of the request to add employees of the [redacted]. The Region II Director denied the request for reconsideration on March 30, 1999. The Credit Union appealed the denials through counsel on May 27, 1999.1
Issue for Appeal
The issue in the matter of this appeal is whether Appellant met the adequate capitalization standard required for multiple common bond field of membership expansion.
Analysis and Applicable Law and Policy
Congress amended the field of membership provisions as well as several other sections of the Federal Credit Union Act (FCU Act) in August 1998 by the passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act (CUMMA). The Board issued Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 99-1 (IRPS 99-1) in December 1998. IRPS 99-1 implements the changes made by CUMAA and sets forth NCUA’s chartering and field of membership policy. It is hereinafter referred to as the Chartering Manual.
Section 109(f) of the amended FCU Act, 12 U.S.C. 1759(f), sets forth approval criteria for multiple common bond field of membership expansions. In order for NCUA to approve an expansion request, the credit union must, among other things, be adequately capitalized. 12 U.S.C. 1759(f)(2)(B). The Board defines adequately capitalized in the Chartering Manual as a net worth ratio of not less than 6%. See Chartering Manual at Ch.2,IV.B.2, p.2-32. Appellant’s net worth ratio was below the required 6% at the time it applied to expand its field of membership. Its net worth ratio continues to be below 6%. Assuming other applicable criteria are met, the Chartering Manual allows for a field of membership expansion when a credit union has a net worth ratio of less than 6% only if the credit union is lowincome or newly chartered (credit unions chartered less than ten years) and the credit union is making reasonable progress toward meeting the 6% net worth requirement. See Chartering Manual at Ch.2,IV.B.2, p.2-32. Appellant is neither low income nor newly chartered. Pursuant to the current Chartering Manual, neither the Regional Director nor the Board has the discretion to allow for a field of membership expansion since Appellant’s net worth ratio is less than the required 6%.
Based on the undisputed fact that Appellant’s net worth ratio is less than 6% and Appellant is neither low income nor chartered within the last ten years, it is ordered as follows:
The Region II Director’s decision denying [redacted] Federal Credit Union’s applications to add four employee groups to its field of membership is upheld and the appeal is denied.
So Ordered this 18th day of November, 1999, by the National Credit Union Administration Board.
Acting Secretary of the Board
1 We note that the request for reconsideration only addressed the denial of the [redacted] group. No request for reconsideration was filed for the denial of the other three groups. Technically, the appeal for the other three groups was not timely filed. IRPS 99-1 gives credit unions 60 days to file an appeal. The Region II Director’s denial for the three groups was dated February 23, 1999 and the appeal was not filed until May 27, 1999.