National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
independent agency in the executive branch responsible for chartering, insuring, supervising, and examining federal credit unions. The NCUA grants federal credit union charters to groups sharing a common bond of occupation or association, or to groups within a well-defined neighborhood, community, or rural district. It issues policies and regulations, conducts annual examinations, and maintains a warning system designed to identify problems. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund insures deposits up to $250,000 in federally insured credit unions.