TULSA, Okla. — The outsourcing and partnership pact between the Oklahoma and Texas Credit Union Leagues moved forward last week, with a restructuring deal in 2009 “now very close to being finalized.”

In letters sent to its membership, the Oklahoma league said that under the Texas arrangement it would retain its lobbying operation and a reduced staff in a new headquarters building in Oklahoma City, while at the same time contracting with the Texas league to handle a list of services ranging from training and education to chapter leadership and foundation operation.

In using outsourcing as a means to reduce costs, the Oklahoma league leadership said it was following the pattern of other state leagues by moving toward regional structures. The one-year Texas deal, which has been in the discussion stage for months, was unveiled to the Oklahoma membership at its annual meeting last May in Oklahoma City.

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