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Volume 25 - Number 10

May 12, 2014

CFPB Can Monitor Compliance With Foreclosure Settlements

A new study from the Government Accountability Office has confirmed that the CFPB can monitor banks for their mortgage servicing compliance with the terms of settlements that were reached before the bureau received its full authorities with the appointment of a confirmed director. The degree to which the CFPB has actively done so, however, appears to be limited. The GAO study at issue concerned the consent orders the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve reached with 16 mortgage servicers back in 2011 and 2012. Those agreements required the servicers to hire consultants to review foreclosure files for errors and to remediate harm to borrowers. The CFPB was established on July 21, 2011, and the first...

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