On March 29, the CFPB announced that the HMDA Modified Loan Application Register (LAR) data have been published for approximately 5,400 financial institutions. This is the first year in which additional data reported by certain institutions under the 2015 HMDA rule are available. The Modified LARs contain loan level information for 2018 on individual HMDA filers, modified to protect privacy. A copy of the CFPB’s press release is available here. The 2018 HMDA Modified LARs are
The OCC, Federal Reserve and FDIC have published a final rule delaying the effective date of their rule to address changes in credit loss accounting under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, including banking organizations’ implementation of the current expected credit losses methodology (CECL). The final rule had an effective date of April 1, 2019, and provides that banking organizations may early adopt the final rule prior to that date. The agencies have determined that a delay
On March 29, 2019 the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform. HUD alleges that Facebook unlawfully discriminates based on race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, sex, and disability by restricting who can view housing-related ads on Facebook’s platforms and across the internet. Further, HUD claims Facebook mines extensive data about
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released the 2019 edition of the publication, A Guide to HMDA Reporting – Getting it Right (aka the HMDA bible). The 2019 version includes amendments made to HMDA by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act and the 2018 HMDA interpretive and procedural rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A copy of the Guide is available at: https://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/pdf/2019guide.pdf.
On March 19th, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) levied a $25 million civil money penalty against Citibank for violating the Fair Housing Act. The violation stems from inconsistent issuing of lender credits through their Relationship Loan Pricing (RLP) program. The OCC found that there were control weaknesses related to the program that resulted in eligible mortgage loan customers not receiving an interest rate reduction or a credit to their closing costs.