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- October 10, 2019On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Bureau issued a rule which finalizes certain aspects of its May 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). It extends for two years the current temporary threshold for collecting and reporting data about open-end lines of credit under HMDA. The rule also clarifies partial exemptions from certain HMDA requirements which...October 8, 2019On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the five federal financial regulatory agencies issued a joint release announcing that they finalized revisions to simplify compliance requirements relating to the “Volcker rule.” By statute, the Volcker rule generally prohibits banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading or investing in or sponsoring hedge funds or private equity funds. The changes were...October 3, 2019On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the CFPB announced the appointment of new members to the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC) and Academic Research Council (ARC). CBA is pleased to announce that CBA Member and nominee Tim Welsh, Vice Chairman, Consumer & Business Banking at U.S. Bank is among the new members. Acting Director...October 2, 2019On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the federal bank regulatory agencies finalized updates to rules restricting the ability of a director or other management official to serve at more than one depository institution or depository holding company. The updates provide relief for community banks that have $10 billion or less in total assets and are unchanged from the proposal announced in December 2018...October 1, 2019On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the CFPB and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs issued a press release regarding a lawsuit filed in federal district court in the District of South Carolina against Katharine Snyder, Performance Arbitrage Company, Inc., and Life Funding Options, Inc. The companies, owned and operated by Snyder, brokered contracts offering high-interest credit to...October 1, 2019On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the OCC released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The plan provides the foundation for policy initiatives and for supervisory strategies as applied to individual national banks, federal savings associations, federal branches, federal agencies, and technology service providers. OCC staff members use this plan to guide their supervisory...September 25, 2019On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the CFPB announced changes to its senior leadership team , appointing new executives in the office of Consumer Education & Engagement, Research, and Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending. Bryan Schneider will serve as the Associate Director in the Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Division (SEFL). Mr. Schneider most recently served as the...September 25, 2019On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the Bureau filed a lawsuit in the federal district court in the District of Maryland against FCO Holding, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The entities are Maryland-based debt collectors that operate collectively under the name Fair Collections & Outsourcing and FCO. Also named in the Bureau’s lawsuit is Michael E. Sobota, the chief executive officer, president,...September 23, 2019On Monday, September 23, 2019, the FDIC's Office of the Ombudsman published its 2018 Annual Report outlining the office’s structure, outreach activities, and goals. "Engaging with our stakeholders helps the FDIC maintain strong working relationships and assists in identifying potentially recurring questions or issues that may warrant policy or process changes at the FDIC," said FDIC Ombudsman M...August 21, 2019On August 21, 2019, the FDIC published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed revisions to its regulations relating to interest rate restrictions that apply to less than well-capitalized depository institutions. The proposed rule amends the methodology for calculating the national rate and national rate cap for specific deposit products as the higher of (1) the 95 th...