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- June 6, 2018On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing on improving transparency and accountability at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. In the Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress in April, Acting Director Mulvaney requested that Congress enact four changes to establish greater...June 5, 2018On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the FDIC announced that Jelena McWilliams was sworn in as the 21st Chairman of the FDIC. She succeeds Martin J. Gruenberg, who has served on the FDIC Board since August 22, 2005, as Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman before becoming Chairman on November 29, 2012. "It is an honor and a privilege to join the FDIC as Chairman. I look forward to working closely with my fellow...June 4, 2018On Monday, June 4, 2018, CBA submitted comments on the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s consumer complaint reporting processes. The comments are part of the Bureau’s ongoing requests for information. “CBA members strive to ensure their customers receive a swift and complete review of their complaints and inquiries. In fact, the overwhelming majority of complaints filed with the Bureau...May 30, 2018On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board issued a press release asking for comment on a proposed rule to simplify and tailor compliance requirements relating to the "Volcker rule." "The agencies responsible for implementing the rule see many opportunities to simplify it and improve it in ways that will allow firms to conduct appropriate activities without undue burden and without...May 29, 2018On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, CBA submitted comments on the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s external engagements. The comments are part of the Bureau’s ongoing requests for information. “CBA and its member institutions believe that informed, transparent governing is the best way to produce informed policy that is good for both banks and consumers. A well-functioning Bureau is critical to...May 9, 2018On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, CBA sent a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) expressing full support of its efforts to crack down on illegal activities through its final Customer Due Diligence Rule (CDD rule). CBA expressed appreciation for the implementation time banks were given to comply with the complex data collection rule, particularly following unexpected developments...May 7, 2018On Monday, May 7, 2018, CBA and the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) filed comments on the RFI regarding the Bureau Rules of Practice for Adjudication Proceedings. The associations stressed the importance of expeditious resolution and urged the Bureau to look to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) as benchmarks for specific timelines, breadth of...May 7, 2018On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) announced the availability of data on mortgage lending transactions at 5,852 U.S. financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Covered institutions include banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. Released today are loan-level HMDA data that cover 2017...May 2, 2018On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the OCC issued a bulletin on adopting a final rule to increase the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate (CRE) transactions from $250,000 to $500,000. This threshold increase means that transactions at or below this level do not require appraisals that conform to Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 and the...April 26, 2018On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the CFPB finalized its amendment to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule. The amendment aims to address when mortgage lenders with a valid justification may pass on increased closing costs to consumers and disclose them on a Closing Disclosure. The Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule took effect Oct. 3, 2015. The Bureau’s rule created new Loan...