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September 11, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Three Key Rulemakings at Stake With Cordray’s Tenure in Flux

The CFPB’s final rule banning arbitration agreements, as well as pending rulemakings on payday and small-dollar lending and on debt collection practices, may live or die on the decision of Director Richard Cordray to exit his term before it expires in July. That prospect could be motivating him to linger in his current gig as opposed to resigning right now to enter the race for Ohio’s governorship, according to an analysis of the current lay of the land at the bureau from a former senior official at the agency. Former CFPB Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel Quyen Truong, now a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in DC, noted that it is still unclear whether Republicans in the ...

September 11, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB’s Cordray Begins Laying Foundation for Run for OH Governor

CFPB Director Richard Cordray is still on the job, but did take a step toward throwing his hat into the ring for the race for the Ohio governor’s mansion, delivering remarks at the Labor Day Picnic of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO. Cordray, sounding like a political candidate, according to those in attendance, briefly extolled all the work the bureau has done on behalf of consumers, including the mortgage reforms that have forced so much change upon lenders. The director noted, “So far, our enforcement work has led to about $12 billion in relief to 30 million people who were cheated or mistreated, and who deserve to get things fixed and get their money back.” His remarks also harkened back to his ...

September 8, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

IG Audit Report Looks to Address Weakness in FHFA Privacy Program

An audit of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s privacy program led the FHFA Office of Inspector General to make recommendations to address several weaknesses. The program was designed so the FHFA can implement privacy and data protection procedures governing its collection, use, sharing, disclosure, transfer, storage and security of information in an identifiable form related to employees and the public. Kearney & Company performed the audit and found that the FHFA had not effectively met three out of nine privacy requirements and controls.The report made several recommendations to make sure the agency adequately identifies, monitors, and protects the complete inventory of its personally identifying information (PII) holdings and appropriately approves and documents privileged user access.

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief: Cordray Takes to the NYT to Defend CFPB Arbitration Rule

Cordray Takes to the NYT to Defend CFPB Arbitration Rule. CFPB Director Richard Cordray took to the opinion page of The New York Times last week to make a public plea in support of the CFPB’s controversial arbitration rule. Cordray cited claims by opponents of the rule that plaintiffs make out better financially by acting individually instead of acting collectively in a group lawsuit. “This claim is not supported by facts or common sense. Our study contained revealing data on the results of group lawsuits and individual actions,” he said. “We found that group lawsuits get more money back to more people. In five years of group lawsuits, we tallied an average of $220 million paid to 6.8 million consumers ...

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Servicers Can Continue to Expect Vigorous Regulation, Analysts Say

There may be plenty of uncertainty about the direction of the CFPB these days, given that Republicans are calling the shots on Capitol Hill and at the White House, plus the fact that Richard Cordray’s days as director of the bureau are numbered, regardless of when he actually ends up departing. Still, mortgage servicers can continue to expect robust supervision and regulation – and enforcement –if not from the bureau, then from another federal regulator, as well the states, and maybe all of the above, according to Steven Frie and Mark Shannon, top servicer analysts at S&P Global Ratings. “It’s been pretty common knowledge that the CFPB has been very active in regards to regulating the mortgage servicing industry,” Frie said ...

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

FFIEC Issues HMDA Examiner Transaction Testing Guidelines

The CFPB and the other members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council last week issued new examiner transaction testing guidelines for all financial institutions that report under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The rules will apply to the examination of HMDA data collected starting in 2018 and reported beginning in 2019. The guidelines eliminate the file-error resubmission threshold under which a financial institution would have to correct and resubmit its entire Loan Application Register (LAR) if the total number of sample files with at least one error reached or exceeded a certain threshold, the bureau said. They also establish allowable tolerances for certain data fields for the purpose of counting errors toward the field-error resubmission threshold.Additionally, they provide ...

August 25, 2017 - Inside The GSEs

FHFA OIG Releases Paper on GSE Capital Requirement Shortfall

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General recently released a white paper highlighting the GSEs’ pre-conservatorship statutory capital requirements and their current shortfalls. With the 2008 conservatorship, capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were suspended so the paper mostly emphasizes the lack of capital for housing-finance and GSE reform debate purposes. “Because of heightened public interest in the role of the enterprise, if any, in the future structure of the housing finance system, FHFA-OIG prepared this white paper to explain the current statutory and regulatory capital requirements for the enterprises,” it explained.

August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

No Ginnie Mae Summit in 2017, Event Moved to January 2018

Ginnie Mae will not have an annual summit this year but has rescheduled it for January 2018, according to Ginnie Mae’s new spokesperson. Michael Huff, senior advisor, congressional and stakeholder relations, said a new administration and staff departures have caused organizers to reconsider having the annual Ginnie Mae Summit this year, usually held in October. The Trump administration has yet to announce a nominee for the top job at Ginnie Mae since former president Ted Tozer left in January. David Kittle is reportedly a leading contender, but there has been no official announcement or confirmation. So far, Kittle has declined to comment. Kittle is a mortgage industry veteran who began as a loan officer and now heads his own company. He also was a top executive with the Mortgage Bankers Association and managed, among other things, the group’s political action committee. In addition, Kittle co-founded the ...

August 14, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Briefs: Political Update/Enforcement Roundup/Vendor Update

Will He? Won’t He? Run for Governor of Ohio, That Is. The top consumer regulator in the land, Richard Cordray, head of the CFPB, has until 4 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018, to file the necessary paperwork to run in the Ohio gubernatorial primary in May of next year. Current Republican Gov. John Kasich is term-limited and will have to vacate the governor’s mansion at the end of 2018.... CFPB Fines JPMorgan Chase $4.6 Million for Alleged Failures Related to Checking Account Screening Information. The CFPB recently brought an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase Bank, alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not having adequate policies in place regarding the accuracy of information it provided to nationwide specialty consumer reporting companies about individuals’ checking account behavior....


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