The National Credit Union Administration board has adopted a rule allowing directors other than the chairman to place items on its meeting agenda.

Prior to this change, which became effective Friday, only the chairman could set the agenda of the three-member board. Now, if two directors agree on an agenda item, it will be taken up at the next meeting.

However, an agency source said the change is just window-dressing because on most 2-1 decisions, Director Yolanda T. Wheat sides with Chairman Norman E. D'Amours.

The board rejected a proposal by the third director, Shirley Bowne, to allow a single board member to add items to the agenda. That means Ms. Bowne, who has complained of being left out of the decision-making process, will in most cases still be unable to place items on the agenda, the source said.

Some, including ousted director Robert Swan, have complained that Mr. D'Amours has been overly restrictive about which items are taken up by the board.

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