CFPB Sets Sights On Mortgage Rulemaking Changes, Agenda Reveals

From: Reverse Mortgage Daily

by Cassandra Dowell

Revisions intended to streamline and improve certain mortgage procedures are among the top priorities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as 2015 fast approaches.

The CFPB’s fall 2014 rulemaking agenda revisits its July proposal to amend Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).

The proposal, now in the final rule stage, aims to simplify the process for financial institutions and gain more insight into consumers’ access to mortgage credit.

The proposal also included revisions to its regulations to bring about changes to institutional and transactional coverage, modifications of reporting requirements, and clarifications of other existing regulatory provisions.

U.S. Inspector General Warns of CFPB Data Security Weaknesses

From: Troutman Sanders

By H. Scott Kelly and Michael E. Lacy

For the second time in recent weeks, a federal official has issued a warning regarding potential security weaknesses with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s consumer data-mining program.  In an October 30 report, United States Inspector General Mark Bialek warned CFPB Director Richard Cordray that the IG office had “identified information security as a major management challenge for the CFPB due to the advanced, persistent threat to government information technology infrastructure.”  He cautioned that “improvements are needed in four high-priority security risk areas: continuous monitoring, configuration management, security training, and incident response and reporting.”

CFPB to Propose New Rules for Prepaid Debit Cards

From: The Wall Street Journal

Holders to Have Limited Ability to Borrow Money, Protections Against Lost or Stolen Cards

By Alan Zibel And Robin Sidel

WASHINGTON—Consumers who use prepaid debit cards would have limited ability to borrow money but would receive protections against lost or stolen cards and easy access to account information under a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal.

The proposed rules, to be released Thursday, are the most comprehensive set of federal standards for the fast-growing prepaid industry. Consumers are expected to load nearly $100 billion onto general-purpose prepaid cards this year, up from $19.5 billion six years ago, according to Mercator Advisory Group Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on the payments industry.

Congressional Budget Office Releases Costs of Adding Inspector General at CFPB

From: ACA International

Bills proposed in the House and Senate last year, if passed, would end the Federal Reserve inspector general’s role of providing oversight for the CFPB.

The Congressional Budget Office has released cost estimates for appointing an inspector general at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The estimates are the result of a request by the House Financial Services Committee and legislation proposed in the House and Senate last year.

In 2013, Reps. Steve Sivers (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.) introduced H.R. 3770 in  the House as a measure to increase oversight of the CFPB. Currently, the CFPB shares an inspector general with the Federal Reserve, an unconfirmed position appointed by the Fed chairman.