CFPB Seeks to Modify HMDA Data Collection; Raises Privacy Concerns

Editor’s Note: The Paperwork Reduction Act comment request section of the proposal begins of page 447 of the 534 page proposed rule. The CFPB is not permitted to collect any of the data without OMB approval.

From: Mortgage Daily News

by: Jann Swanson

Public comments are being requested a a new proposed rule for collecting data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said the new rule includes changes the could help in shedding more light on consumers’ access to mortgage credit. The Bureau said it also aims to simplify the reporting process for financial institutions.

The High Costs and Consequences of a CFPB CID

From: JDSupra Business Advisor

Elizabeth Bohn  | Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Dodd-Frank gives the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) the power to enforce and implement federal consumer financial protection laws, including home mortgage and other consumer credit regulations, plus powerful tools to investigate potential violations of those laws. These tools include informal requests for information as part of its examination and supervisory functions, subpoenas for testimony or documents, and the civil investigative demand (CID).

The Six Biggest Inaccuracies in the July 10 Bloomberg Businessweek Article Regarding the CFPB’s Building Renovations

From: The House Committee on Financial Services

Inaccuracy #1: “When the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened in 2011, the best available government office space large enough to accommodate its thousand-plus employees was a run-down concrete building on G Street near the White House that once housed the now-defunct Office of Thrift Supervision.”

Industry trade groups urge OMB not to approve CFPB arbitration telephone survey

Cross-Posted from OIRA Watch

From: CFPB Monitor/Ballard Spahr

By Alan S. Kaplinsky

Three prominent industry trade groups are urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to approve the CFPB’s proposal to conduct a national telephone survey of 1,000 credit card holders as part of its study of the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in connection with the offering of consumer financial products and services.

Inspector general criticizes consumer bureau headquarters renovation

From: L. A. Times

Jim Puzzanghera

A government watchdog criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s controversial headquarters renovation, whose price tag has risen to an estimated $216 million, saying there was not a “sound business case” for the project because the agency never analyzed other options.

The inspector general’s report, released Wednesday, said bureau officials have been “unable to locate any documentation of the decision to fully renovate the building.”