WASHINGTON - A government plan to survey credit unions about their efforts to aid poor members is a waste of time and should be scrapped, a trade group told the federal Office of Management and Budget last week.

The National Credit Union Administration approved the 11-question, $56,000 survey in November on a 2-to-1 vote. The agency needs OMB approval before sending it to chief executive officers of all 6,700 federally chartered nonprofits early next year.

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