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HMDA resources for data collected in 2017 and 2018

Posted in CFPB General

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 >

Democratic Senators want stronger payday loan rule

Posted in Payday Lending

A group of 27 Democratic Senators joined by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders have sent a letter to Director Cordray urging the CFPB to “strengthen” its proposed payday loan rule. The Senators take aim at the proposal’s exemptions from an ability to repay (ATR) analysis for both short-term and longer-term credit.  The proposal’s ATR exemption can only… More >

CFPB announces leadership changes

Posted in CFPB People

The CFPB has announced the following senior leadership changes: Chris D’Angelo will serve as the CFPB’s Associate Director for Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending.  Mr. D’Angelo is currently the Bureau’s chief of staff.  He replaces David Bleicken, who has been serving as the Acting Associate Director since the departure of Steven Antonakes from the CFPB last July. … More >

CFPB releases issue brief on financial education programs serving immigrant populations

Posted in Financial Literacy

The CFPB has released an “issue brief” entitled “Financial Education Programs Serving Immigrant Populations.”  The report is intended “to raise visibility about the financial education challenges that many immigrants face.” The report shares the results of a “field scan” in which the CFPB identified financial education programs and providers and spoke with experts in the… More >

CFPB to hold second research conference

Posted in CFPB General

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 >

CFPB to hold July 28 debt collection field hearing

Posted in Debt Collection

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing about debt collection on July 28, 2016 in Sacramento, California.  We expect the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel required by the Small Business… More >

ABA to sponsor July 20 program on CFPB arbitration proposal

Posted in Arbitration

On July 20, 2016, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET, the American Bar Association is sponsoring a program, “CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Ban — What You Need To Know.”   The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the CFPB’s arbitration proposal and its implications for industry.  Alan S. Kaplinsky, who chairs Ballard Spahr’s Consumer… More >

Key Takeaways from the OCC Forum on Supporting Financial Innovation

Posted in CFPB General

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 >

Agencies announce submission of diversity self-assessments to OMWIs can begin

Posted in Diversity and Inclusion

In a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, SEC, and NCUA announce that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the “information collection” contained in their “Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies.”  The… More >

GAO report shows continuing CFPB employee concerns related to fair treatment

Posted in CFPB General

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 >

House Financial Services Committee to hold hearing on marketplace lending

Posted in Marketplace Lending

Tomorrow, July 11, the House Financial Services Committee’s  Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing titled: “Examining the Opportunities and Challenges with Financial Technology (“FinTech”): The Development of Online Marketplace Lending.”  According to the Committee memorandum, the hearing “will give Committee members the opportunity to assess the development of the FinTech… More >

House approves FY 2017 appropriations bill containing curbs on CFPB authority

Posted in Arbitration

By a vote of 239-185, the House of Representatives has approved a fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill that contains various provisions intended to curb the CFPB’s authority.  Those provisions would fund the CFPB through the annual congressional appropriations process rather than through transfers from the Federal Reserve as currently provided by Dodd-Frank and change the… More >

CFPB and DOJ settle fair lending claims involving allegations of redlining, discretionary underwriting and pricing, and overt discrimination

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Fair Lending

The CFPB and DOJ recently announced a proposed consent order with BancorpSouth Bank to settle charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  In addition to allegations of redlining and discrimination resulting from discretionary underwriting and pricing, the agencies’ joint complaint filed in federal court… More >

CFPB issues ninth Semi-Annual Report

Posted in CFPB General

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 >

CFPB issues Summer 2016 Supervisory Highlights

Posted in CFPB Exams

In its Summer 2016 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between January and April 2016, the CFPB highlights violations found by its examiners involving automobile origination, debt collection, mortgage origination, small-dollar lending, and fair lending. The report states that recent non-public supervisory actions have resulted in restitution of approximately $24.5 million to more… More >

CFPB Proposes Amendments to GLBA Rules to Permit Exemption from Annual Notice Requirement

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Privacy

On July 1st, the CFPB proposed to amend Regulation P under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) to implement the statutory changes made by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (see prior post) that provided financial institutions that meet certain conditions with an exemption from the GLBA requirement to deliver annual privacy notices to customers.  The proposed… More >

CFPB June 2016 complaint report highlights consumer loan complaints, complaints from Arkansas consumers

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has issued its June 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about consumer loans and complaints from consumers in Arkansas and the Little Rock metro area.  The CFPB began taking consumer loan complaints in March 2012.  The consumer loan category in the CFPB’s consumer complaint database includes complaints about auto loans and leases, installment… More >

Text of Dodd-Frank replacement bill released

Posted in CFPB General

Last month, Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, released a summary of “The Financial CHOICE Act,” a bill to replace the Dodd-Frank Act.  The summary indicated that the bill would include a series of CFPB reforms, including a change in the CFPB’s name to the “Consumer Financial Opportunity Commission,” replacement of… More >

Community bank and credit union trade groups raise concerns about CFPB’s payday lending proposal

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Payday Lending

The Independent Community Bankers of America and the Credit Union National Association have sent a letter to Director Cordray “to express serious concerns” about the CFPB’s proposed rule covering single-payment payday and auto title loans, deposit advance products, and certain high-rate installment and open-end loans. ICBA and CUNA state that the proposal “if finalized in… More >

CFPB publishes annual CARD Act, HOEPA and QM adjustments, corrects 2016 error

Posted in Credit Cards, Mortgages

The CFPB has published a final rule regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage provisions of Dodd-Frank.  The adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index in effect on June 1, 2016 and will take… More >

CFPB takes another challenge to its jurisdiction to court

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

The CFPB filed suit against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on June 7, 2016 after the company challenged the Bureau’s expansive view of its jurisdiction. The CFPB served a CID against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on September 11, 2015 to investigate alleged violations of consumer protection laws. J.G. Wentworth purchases structured settlements and annuities from consumers for lump sums. J.G…. More >

House bill introduced to impose consumer complaints requirements on CFPB

Posted in CFPB General

Republican Congressman Matt Salmon has introduced a bill, the “CFPB Data Accountability Act ” (H.R. 5413), that would impose requirements on how the CFPB handles consumer complaints. The requirements include the following: (1) consumer complaint information could only be presented on the CFPB’s website in an aggregated format, (2) complaint information included in such aggregated information… More >