Former U.S. Rep. Daniel A. Mica has nailed the top job at the Credit Union National Association. The Florida Democrat, who spent the last eight years lobbying for the American Council of Life Insurance, will take the association's helm early next month and is moving the president's job to Washington, D.C., from Madison, Wis.

"My experience at ACLI should prepare me well for the challenges facing CUNA," said Mr. Mica, 52. "The similarities between the two associations are striking. ... Like CUNA, ACLI has battled bankers trying to get into its members' business."

Mr. Mica succeeds Ralph Swoboda, who resigned last October. Mr. Mica will be the first association president without credit union experience. His time in Congress coincided with Norman E. D'Amours, now chairman of the National Credit Union Administration.

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In a speech to international bank regulators last week, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan summarized major banking laws, including the 1913 law creating the central bank and laws establishing deposit insurance in the 1930s. We know the Fed has had its run-ins with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, but Mr. Greenspan's history lesson skipped the National Bank Act, which created the Comptroller's Office.

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Bruce Morrison, head of the Federal Housing Finance Board, had a chance to hobnob with Paul Newman, Meg Ryan, and Nancy Kerrigan last week at a White House dinner for Irish President Mary Robinson. The guest list also included Arthur F. Ryan, chairman of the Prudential Insurance Cos., and Paul Quinn, a partner with Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer & Quinn, which represents Fleet Financial Group.

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Lionel Johnson, deputy assistant Treasury secretary for international development, will join Citicorp's Washington office as vice president for international and government relations.

Mr. Johnson, 36, will remain at the Treasury until Congress enacts the fiscal 1997 foreign aid budget, expected in late July.

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