Given that only a basic CFPB organizational chart – without names – exists on the agency’s web site, CFPB Journal did some digging to offer a more thorough look at the other leaders and staff members who will shape the bureau going forward.
Skip Humphrey, the head of the Office for Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, described his approach to fighting growing abuses against senior citizens in his Nov. 15 testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection.
First, there was the new mortgage disclosure form. Next came the student loan “shopping form.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have a significant financial education component, in addition to its supervisory and enforcement responsibilities, said Barton Shapiro, senior advisor for community banks and credit unions with the CFPB. Barton spoke to bankers Nov. 3 gathered in Lincoln, Neb., for the annual meeting of the Nebraska Independent Community Bankers.
A House Financial Services subcommittee field hearing held Oct. 31 in Wausau, Wis. – home to Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) – gave community bankers the chance to express their views on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Obama administration is turning on the pressure to get Rich Cordray confirmed as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In its first 100 days, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has staffed up, studied up and started up a few key initiatives.
On the evening of October 26 Raj Date, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the CFPB, visited Minneapolis for one in a series of town hall meetings. The CFPB website had advertized for the events saying, “We’re on a mission. We’re criss-crossing the country to hear from consumers about their experiences with financial products and services.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued its initial CFPB Supervision and Examination Manual (Version 1.0). According to the Bureau, the Manual is a guide to how the CFPB will supervise and examine consumer financial service providers that fall within the CFPB’s supervisory authority – depository institutions with more than $10 billion in assets and their affiliates, and nondepository entities. At first blush, the Manual seems familiar and comparable to the examination manuals and procedures currently followed by the Federal banking agencies. Indeed, the introduction pages to the Manual expressly incorporate examination procedures developed under the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”), and the CFPB Manual states that the Bureau will use the FFIEC’s Uniform Consumer Compliance Rating System. However, upon further review, there are significant differences.
The “complex and confusing process of taking out student loans” and the resulting serious financial hardship caused by student loan debt have prompted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to draft a one-page “financial aid shopping sheet.”