CFPB Announces New Deputy Director, Senior Leadership Appointments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the appointment of Brian Johnson as its deputy director, according to a press release circulated by the agency. Johnson first joined the agency in December 2017 as senior advisor to the director. He went on to be named principal policy director in April 2018, before being named acting […]

U.S. House Contemplates CFPB Reform Bill

The United States House of Representatives is contemplating the passage of a bill designed to roll back limitations placed on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) during the tenure of acting director Mick Mulvaney, according to a report in The Hill. Mulvaney, who was replaced upon the confirmation of the Bureau’s current director Kathleen L. […]

CFPB Proposes Changes to HMDA Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Thursday, which proposes a raise to the coverage thresholds for collecting and reporting data about closed-end mortgage loans and open-end lines of credit under the rules of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). “The NPRM would provide relief to smaller lenders […]

CFPB to Dig Deeper in Investigations Under New Policy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced changes to its policies regarding Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) on Tuesday in order to, “ensure they provide more information about the potentially wrongful conduct under investigation,” according to an announcement press release. A Civil Investigative Demand is a mechanism used by both state and federal investigators to collect information […]

CFPB Out of Bounds on Recent Exams, Misused Resources

At a time when the CFPB is getting accustomed to a new director, the CFPB has been found to have gone outside its examination authority, according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). According to a report released in March, OIG identified instances in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) examined financial service […]

CFPB Director: Bureau Seeks to ‘Prevent Harm,’ Use Enforcement Cautiously

The primary mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under its new director, Kathleen L. Kraninger, will be in focusing on preventing harm to consumers by empowering them, educating them, ensuring clear rules by which financial institutions should operate, and ensuring a culture of compliance through supervision. This was the vision laid out by […]

CFPB: Low Reverse Mortgage Presence Among Elder Financial Abuse Reports

Elder financial exploitation (EFE) occurs due to a wide range of perpetrators, from close family members to offshore scammers. Only one in 44 EFE incidents are actually reported to authorities, and annual dollar losses range from $2.9 billion to $36 billion. However, less than one percent of reported EFE between 2013 and 2017 involved reverse […]

CFPB Announces ‘Enhancements’ to Advisory Committee Charters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Thursday that it will be “enhancing” its charters concerning advisory committees, which provide information to the bureau on a number of different business sectors that the agency oversees. “I’ve seen first-hand how the Bureau benefits from the valuable input provided by committee members. I have also seen how […]

CFPB Exam Points to Potential Reverse Mortgage Servicing Problems

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the 18th edition of its Supervisory Highlights on Tuesday, which includes examinations of reverse mortgage loan and manufactured home loan servicers. CFPB examinations yielded information concerning activities which either appeared to result in deceptive practices or resulted in violations of Federal consumer financial laws. The document also includes […]

CFPB Director Kraninger Takes Hot Seat at House Committee Hearing

New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen L. Kraninger testified Thursday morning before the House Financial Services Committee, answering pointed questions from Democratic and Republican politicians concerning the oversight of the agency. In a hearing titled “Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Democratic members of Congress led by […]