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- March 1, 2016On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the CFPB published volume 8 of its Monthly Report , covering complaints received in January, as well as a focus on the Houston area and complaints pertaining to prepaid cards. As of February 1, 2016, the Bureau has handled approximately 811,700 complaints, including approximately 21,800 complaints in January 2016. Notable takeaways included: For the second month in a...March 1, 2016On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, CBA and other trades sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to restore and extend the one-year protection from foreclosure for military personnel leaving active duty under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). At the end of 2015, the one-year protection from foreclosure reverted back to 90 days, leaving many institutions concerned about being forced...February 25, 2016On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the CFPB Consumer Advisory Board ( CAB ) met to discuss the Bureau’s strategic outlook for 2016-2017 and Financial Well-Being. In prepared remarks , CFPB Director Richard Cordray discussed the agency’s nine priorities for the next two years, including mortgage lending, student loans and servicing, consumer reporting, small business lending, financial tools for...February 24, 2016On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, the House Education and Workforce Committee convened a hearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The lone witness, Department Acting Secretary Dr. John King highlighted the proposed two percent increase in Department funding, which would promote preschool for all, expand the initiative to provide two years of free community college,...February 23, 2016On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the CFPB issued two consent orders against Citibank, settling allegations the bank engaged in illegal debt collection and debt sales practices. In the first action , the Bureau alleges Citibank violated Dodd-Frank’s ban on unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices when it sold consumer credit card debt to debt buyers with “inflated interest rates” and failed to...February 22, 2016On Monday, February 22, 2016, CBA and other associations responded to the OCC’s request for comment on higher loan-to-value (LTV) lending in communities targeted for revitalization. The purpose of the request for comment is to fulfill the Paperwork Reduction Act requirements pursuant to the Draft Bulletin: Risk Management Guidance for Higher Loan-to-Value Lending in Communities Targeted for...February 19, 2016On Friday, February 19, 2016, the federal banking agencies increased the number of small banks and savings associations eligible for an 18-month examination as opposed to a typical 12-month cycle. The changes are intended to reduce regulatory compliance costs for smaller institutions, while maintaining safety and soundness protections. Under the interim final rules, qualifying well-capitalized...February 18, 2016On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the CFPB issued its final policy on No-Action Letters (NALs). First proposed in October of 2014, this policy is part of the Bureau’s Project Catalyst Initiative, which seeks to promote marketplace innovation by providing new or emerging products with “regulatory certainty.” Under the new policy, the CFPB has established a process for applicants to submit NAL...February 18, 2016On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the CFPB issued file specifications for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) collection for 2017 and 2018. This resource for HMDA filers outlines the fields to be reported annually and explains how each field should be reported under the final HMDA rule. Beginning in 2017, HMDA data will be submitted electronically, but will include the data reported prior to...February 17, 2016On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the CFPB issued file specifications for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) collection for 2017 and 2018. This resource for HMDA filers outlines the fields to be reported annually and explains how each field should be reported under the final HMDA rule. Beginning in 2017, HMDA data will be submitted electronically, but will include the data reported prior to...