Credit unions, complaining of regulation overload, were urgedThursday by a former NCUA staffer to try engaging with agencyexaminers by adopting a more positive tone in finding alternativesand compromise.

Addressing the annual meeting of the Montana Credit UnionNetwork in Billings, John McKechnie, former NCUA director of publicand congressional affairs and now a Washington lobbyist, called oncredit unions to avoid what he called “push back” in dealing withexaminers and instead pursue alternative ideas or solutions tosticky examiner issues.

McKechnie, senior vice president of Total Spectrum, a Washingtonconsulting firm, said he appreciates the alarm expressed by creditunion executives about what they consider excessive regulation butsaid a civil discussion can work well in approaching conflicts.

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