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CFPB participates in FTC workshop on disclosure

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The FTC recently held a workshop, “Putting Disclosures to the Test,” to explore the question of what should be done to make disclosures effective.  The workshop included reports on numerous studies related to consumer understanding of disclosures, and the efficacy of different methods and timing of consumer disclosures. Among the panelists at the workshop was… More >

FTC staff paper on lead generation likely to inform CFPB

Posted in CFPB General, Hot Issues, Lead Generation

Almost a year ago, on October 30, 2015, the FTC conducted a workshop on lead generation entitled to “Follow the Lead.” We published a three-part series on the workshop highlighting the key takeaways. On September 15, 2016, the FTC published its own staff paper discussing the workshop and providing its own analysis. The paper appears… More >

House Committee approves Dodd-Frank replacement bill

Posted in CFPB General

By a vote of 30-26 earlier this week, the House Financial Services Committee approved the “The Financial CHOICE Act of 2016” (H.R. 5983), the bill released in July 2016 by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to replace the Dodd-Frank Act.  All Democrats on the Committee voted against the bill as did one Republican member.  No amendments… More >

CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council to meet Sept. 29

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The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC) will be held on September 29, 2016. The notice indicates that the CBAC will discuss youth financial capability and debt collection.  Presumably, the CFPB will discuss the report it issued last week on achieving… More >

CBA President lists “Five Things the CFPB Should Do To Be More Widely Respected”

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Richard Hunt, the President and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association, recently published on his blog a list of “Five Things the CFPB Should Do To Be More Widely Respected.”   Mr. Hunt’s list consists of the following: Appoint a Permanent Deputy Director – The CFPB has still not permanently filled the position of Deputy Director… More >

CFPB to Participate in FTC Workshop on Consumer Disclosures

Posted in CFPB General, Financial Literacy, FTC, Privacy, Research, UDAAP

On September 15th, the FTC will hold a workshop to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information.  The FTC’s workshop will explore how to test the effectiveness of these disclosures to ensure consumers notice them, understand them, and can use them in… More >

CFPB announces new appointments to advisory groups

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The CFPB has announced the appointment of new members to its Consumer Advisory Board, Community Bank Advisory Council, Credit Union Advisory Council, and Academic Research Council.  In January 2016, the CFPB published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications from individuals interested in becoming members. According to the CFPB, the new members “include experts… More >

CFPB solicits information on registration system for nonbanks

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In a Request for Information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website last month, the CFPB solicited information from vendors so the CFPB can “better understand current, state-of-the-art capabilities and strategies to aid its consideration on whether to propose a registration system for nonbank financial institutions.”  Pursuant to Dodd-Frank Section 1022, the CFPB is… More >

CFPB issues final rule amending mortgage servicing regulations

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking

The CFPB issued its final rule amending the mortgage servicing rules under Regulations X and Z.  The proposal for these amendments was issued in November 2014.  The amended provisions cover a wide range of topics, including the following: Tailored periodic statements and early intervention notices for borrowers in bankruptcy; Additional procedures for communicating with, and… More >

CFPB proposes changes to higher-priced mortgage loan exemption threshold

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages

On August 4, 2016, the CFPB published for comment proposed substantive and organizational changes to the Regulation Z Commentary regarding the calculation of the annual exemption threshold  amount for the special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans under section 129H of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).  Both the Office of Comptroller of Currency and… More >

CFPB issues 2016 Plain Writing Act Compliance Report

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The CFPB has issued its 2016 Plain Writing Act Compliance Report.  Under the PWA, federal “executive agencies,” including the CFPB, are required to use plain language in documents that: are necessary for obtaining information about a federal government benefit or service or filing taxes; provide information about a federal government benefit or service; or explain… More >

CFPB looks to expand consumer complaint feedback

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In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB is seeking comments on a proposed addition to the current complaint intake form.  The new field would include a survey that consumers may choose to respond to, providing their feedback on the company’s response to their complaint.  The consumer would be able to opt-in and provide… More >

CFPB Releases Amendments to TRID Rule

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages

The CFPB has issued a proposed rule with request for public comment containing both substantive amendments and technical corrections (collectively, Proposed Amendments) to the final TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule that became effective on October 3, 2015.  In a press release the CFPB advised that the Proposed Amendments are “intended to formalize guidance in the… More >

CFPB Updates Webinar Question Index

Posted in CFPB General, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

The CFPB has posted on its website an updated index to include the various questions regarding the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule that were addressed during the March 1, 2016 and April 12, 2016 webinars on the rule conducted by CFPB staff. The updated index identifies the questions addressed in all seven of the TRID… More >

ABA and CBA seek revisions to generic clearance process

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The American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association (the Associations) have sent a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)) urging OIRA to update its existing guidance on information collections to ensure that the CFPB or other agencies do not improperly use… More >

CFPB touts initiatives in “fact sheets”

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To commemorate its fifth anniversary, the CFPB released a series of “fact sheets” touting its initiatives.   The “fact sheets” consist of the following: CFPB: By the numbers.  The CFPB lists various statistics, such as $11.7 billion in consumer relief, $440 million in civil penalties, 27 million consumers to receive relief as a result of CFPB… More >

HMDA resources for data collected in 2017 and 2018

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As we have reported, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), requiring “Covered Institutions” to report certain information about mortgage applications and loans in efforts to create transparency in the mortgage lending process. In connection with the revisions, beginning with data… More >

Happy Anniversary to CFPB Monitor!

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While the media is giving lots of coverage to the fifth anniversary of the CFPB, I thought it appropriate to commemorate the fifth anniversary of our blog, which was launched on July 21, 2011, the same day the Bureau was stood up.   When the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law one year earlier, it had… More >

A fifth anniversary for the CFPB

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Today, July 21, 2016, marks the fifth anniversary of the date on which the CFPB officially opened its doors for business.  Since then, the CFPB has embarked on unprecedented initiatives that have dramatically changed the face of the consumer financial services industry.  Despite the continuing legislative and judicial challenges to its structure, we expect no slowdown… More >

CFPB to hold second research conference

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The CFPB has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016.  (The first such conference was held in May 2015.) The announcement contains a call for complete papers or detailed abstracts that include preliminary results to be submitted by August 26, 2016.  The CFPB is encouraging the submission… More >

Key Takeaways from the OCC Forum on Supporting Financial Innovation

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While the CFPB has not yet held a public event devoted to FinTech or financial innovation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently held a Forum On Supporting Financial Innovation in the Federal Banking System to discuss the agency’s approach to FinTech and other innovative products. The forum follows up on the… More >

GAO report shows continuing CFPB employee concerns related to fair treatment

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A report last month issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)  found that a survey of nonexecutive CFPB employees revealed “heightened concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns without fear of reprisal, confidence in complaint processes, and other matters.”  The report,… More >

CFPB issues ninth Semi-Annual Report

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The CFPB has issued its ninth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. The 188-page report recycles information from previously-issued CFPB reports and reviews ongoing and past developments, which we have covered in previous blog posts. By way of aggregate statistics, the report indicates that… More >