Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Interpretive Rule on Authority to Resume Examinations Regarding the Military Lending Act

June 16, 2021

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the CFPB issued an interpretive rule  that explains the basis for its authority to examine supervised financial institutions for risks to active duty servicemembers and their dependents (i.e. military borrowers) from conduct that violates the Military Lending Act (MLA).

“The Military Lending Act is an essential law protecting the finances of our military families and we are excited to announce this rule change prior to July, which is Military Consumer Month,” said CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio. “Through our enforcement of the MLA, companies that harmed military borrowers have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in redress and civil penalties. To fulfill its purpose and protect military borrowers we must supervise financial institutions and hold them accountable for endangering consumers.”

“This decision affirms the CFPB’s ongoing commitment to the financial protection of our servicemembers and their families,” said Jim Rice, Assistant Director for the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs.

The CFPB press release is here.