Proposed small business data collection rules would exclude smaller lenders

Under a new set of proposals from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, smaller lenders would be excluded from small business data collection requirements. The proposals are part of the implementation of section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires that data be collected and reported for small-business lending as well as lending to women- and minority-owned businesses.

CFPB responds to COVID-19

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a number of changes to help consumers and regulated businesses amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. It suspended several data collection requirements, tweaked its examination structure and joined other federal regulators in urging financial institutions to work with impacted customers.

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants agencies to halt non-COVID-19 rulemaking

A Senate democrat urged federal financial regulators to shelve rulemaking projects that aren’t related to the coronavirus pandemic, and suggested the agencies’ priority be protecting the financial system and mitigating economic fallout from the outbreak.

CFPB finally offers definition of ‘abusive’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally offered a clarification of the ‘abusive’ standard laid out in the Dodd-Frank Act nearly a decade after its passage. The CFPB said it would focus on citing or challenging conduct as abusive in supervision and enforcement matters only when “the harm to consumers outweighs the benefit.”

Consumer group sues CFPB over student loans

A nonprofit student loan consumer group has filed a lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleging it has manipulated federal policy and failed in its duty to regulate companies that service student loans. The lawsuit also names the Department of Education.

CFPB launches innovation partnership

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network in partnership with multiple state regulators. ACFIN is aimed at enhancing coordination among federal and state regulators to facilitate financial innovation. The bureau also announced several new policies designed to promote innovation.

CFPB seeks input on mortgage rule set to lapse

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking relating to the impending expiration of a mortgage rule that affects two large American guarantors.

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