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October 5, 2022

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NBA Joins BankTalentHQ

Take 50 percent off a 30-day job posting with BankTalentHQ by using the code LAUNCHNE@@

As part of our ongoing workforce development efforts, the NBA is joining more than 35 bank associations in partnering with the talent management website BankTalentHQ.


Banks can post new job openings on BankTalentHQ and reach a nationwide talent pool. Jobs posted on the site are automatically distributed to other job boards including to Circa's network of community-based organizations and diversity websites.


Job seekers can browse job listings, learn about careers in the banking industry and upload their resumes.


For the rest of the year, Nebraska banks will receive 50% off a 30-day posting. Use coupon code LAUNCHNE22 at checkout to access the discount. 


The existing NBA job board will continue as a free member benefit. 


For more information about BankTalentHQ, contact Kara Heideman at the NBA at

NBA Fall Group Meetings

NBA officers and staff visited with members across the state last week during the NBA’s Fall Group Meetings. Thank you to the bankers who joined the NBA in Ogallala, Kearney, Norfolk, Omaha and Lincoln. Remote work policies, the impact of rising interest rates on bank profitability, the impact of the drought and changes in the mortgage market were among the topics of conversation at the meetings. 


The discussion at these annual meetings regarding issues facing the Nebraska banking industry informs the work of your association. We look forward to seeing you next year. 

Stephen Stull and Lydell Woodbury by a lake

NBA Chair Stephen Stull and NBA Chair-elect visited Lake McConaughy before the Ogallala meeting. 

Legislative, Policy & Regulatory Updates

Fed Finalizes Card-not-present Durbin Expansion Rule

The Federal Reserve released a final rule expanding Regulation II, the implementing regulation for the Durbin Amendment. The new rule extends the mandate that debit card transactions be processed on at least two unaffiliated payment card networks—for example, a PIN debit and a signature debit network—to card-not-present transactions. The final rule also states that the debit card issuer is responsible for ensuring at least two unaffiliated networks have been enabled and standardized and specifies certain terms and phrases in the Fed’s Reg II commentary.

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Credit Card Routing Bill Filed as Amendment to Defense Bill

Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) filed an amendment to add S. 4674, the Credit Card Competition Act of 2022, and a related study to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate is expected to consider the bill later this month. 


The Durbin-Marshall bill would require credit card issuers to add a second network to customers’ cards. In an August letter to Congress, the NBA and other state and national financial trade groups said “...this central planning of the major conduit for money in our economy will reduce access to banking services and harm community financial institutions.”


Bankers are urged to contact their lawmakers and ask them to oppose S. 4674.

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Warren Releases Report on Zelle Fraud

A report released this week by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says banks are not repaying users who contest “unauthorized” Zelle transactions and claims the banks are potentially violating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation E. Warren says her findings prove regulatory clarity is necessary to protect the platform’s users and calls on the CFPB to “clarify and strengthen Regulation E and include fraud in the Regulation’s error resolution purview.”


Financial trade groups pushed back, saying Warren’s report “fails to acknowledge that 99.9% of the 5 billion transactions processed on the Zelle network in the past 5 years were sent without any report of fraud or scams.” The groups said Warren’s suggestions for expanded liability would limit consumer access to Zelle services and features. 


FinCEN Issues Beneficial Ownership Rule

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule establishing a beneficial ownership information reporting requirement. Most corporations, limited liability companies and other entities created in or registered to do business in the United States will be required to report information to FinCEN about their beneficial owners.

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Agencies Seek Input on Financial Services for Underserved Communities 

The Interagency Community Investment Committee (ICIC)  issued a request for information on effective approaches for supporting access to affordable capital and financial services in historically underserved communities, including communities of color, rural communities and tribal communities. The deadline for comment is Dec. 5.


The ICIC is a new initiative aimed at facilitating collaboration and coordination of federal community investment and place-based economic development programs.

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Upcoming Events

To see the complete event schedule, visit the NBA Event Calendar.

The Graduate School of Banking-Wisconsin (GSB-Wisconsin) and the NBA are sponsoring multiple schools in 2023. View next year’s schedule here. The NBA and GSB-Wisconsin are also co-sponsoring online seminars during the rest of 2022. For more information, view the schedules by date: October | November/December.

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Sept. 28 - Oct. 7

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Meet A Banker

Silvia Prado Frias

Meet Silvia Prado Frias, the next banker in our Hispanic Heritage Month series.


Silvia is the head teller and a loan clerk at Homestead Bank in Lexington. She opens new accounts for checking, savings, IRA and businesses. Silvia also helps customers with account deposits and withdrawals, loan clerk duties, internet banking, credit applications and translating for Spanish-speaking customers.

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NBA Employee Spotlight

Connor Anderson

Meet Connor Anderson, the NBA’s new education and meetings coordinator. She's originally from Raymond, NE and graduated from Raymond Central High School. The next time you attend an NBA event, be sure to say hello to Connor. She is looking forward to meeting you!

What are you looking forward to in your new role?

Having the opportunity to expand my knowledge in a new challenging environment and having the ability to meet new people!

What is your favorite thing about Nebraska?

Husker Football and Runza chili with cinnamon rolls

What are your hobbies?

Playing the piano and reading

Nebraska Banker Receives ABA Emerging Leader Award

Richard Baier Nick Vrba and Stephen Stull

Nick Vrba is a recipient of the American Bankers Association's Emerging Leader Award. The award recognizes the next generation of bank leaders for their achievements and service to the banking industry and their local communities. 


Nick is executive vice president and secretary of the board of directors at First State Bank & Trust Company - Fremont, Nebraska. He serves as the chair of the NBA Government Relations Committee and is a member of the NBA Leadership Class of 2018. 


Congratulations, Nick, and thank you for your dedication to our state and the Nebraska banking industry!


Learn more about the ABA Emerging Leader Awards here.

Nebraska FSA Certified and Preferred Lender Programs Training

Nebraska Farm Service Agency (FSA) Certified Lender Program (CLP) and Preferred Lender Program (PLP) Training is on October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT. All new CLP/PLP lenders, existing CLP/PLP lenders wanting additional loan officers to be designated or anyone interested in the CLP/PLP lender program should attend this training session. FSA can only accept CLP/PLP guaranteed loan requests from designated loan officers who have attended this training.


The required update Guaranteed Lender Training will be provided by Nebraska Farm Loan Program County Office staff for those loan officers that have already received this CLP/PLP training. 


For more information, contact Lisa Liska with FSA at or 402-437-5456.


Survey: Customers Satisfied with Their Bank

According to a new ABA poll, over 85% of Americans are “very satisfied” or satisfied” with their primary bank. Respondents also favorably rated their bank’s customer service and banking options. 

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