<p>WASHINGTON-Congress is unlikely to formally adjourn until it is required to on Jan. 3, 2002, according to NAFCU Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. Congress will probably remain in a pro forma session until that date, when it must adjourn and begin the second session. The move will make it harder for President George W. Bush to make any recess appointments in December, including up to two for the NCUA Board. Iowa State Senator JoAnn Johnson has been officially nominated to the seat currently occupied by Yolanda Wheat but is awaiting confirmation by the Senate. It will also leave little room for NCUA Board Member Geoff Bacino for another recess or full appointment. As a recess appointee, Bacino’s term must end when Congress adjourns, before the January 17 NCUA Board meeting. Senator Tom Daschle has recommended Bush nominate former USDA official Deborah Matz to the lone Democratic seat on the board. No word yet from the administration on Daschle’s choice.</p>

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