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CFPB PUBLISHES PROPOSAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOAN DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING

On August 31, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a 918-page notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  That section amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to require financial institutions to collect and report certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and small businesses. Comments on the NPRM will be due no later than 90 days after the date it […]

CFPB WARNS OF FORECLOSURE SURGE AND COMPLIANCE RISK

On April 1, 2021, the CFPB issued Compliance Bulletin 2021-02 warning mortgage services of a pending wave of foreclosures when the pandemic-related federal emergency mortgage protections expire this summer and fall. Since the CARES Act was enacted, 6.9 million borrowers have entered a forbearance program. As of January 2021, more than 2.1 million borrowers in forbearance programs were more than 90 days behind on their mortgage payments (including borrowers who have forborne three or more […]

CFPB ENFORCING BAN ON DISCRIMINATION BASED ON GENDER IDENTITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION

On March 9, 2021 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an interpretative rule entitled Equal Credit Opportunity (Regulation B); Discrimination on the Bases of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The interpretative rule: Clarifies that, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction, the prohibition against sex discrimination in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B, which implements ECOA, encompasses sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination, including discrimination based on actual […]

CFPB Advisory Opinion on Special Purpose Credit Program

On December 21, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published an Advisory Opinion (AO) on Special Purpose Credit Programs established per the requirements of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. It is designed to address regulatory uncertainty in special purpose credit programs designed and implemented by for-profit organizations to meet special social needs. Specifically, this AO clarifies: The content that a for-profit organization must include in a written plan that establishes and administers […]

LONG-DELAYED REGULATORY REQUIREMENT INCHES FORWARD

On September 15, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of an Outline of Proposals Under Consideration and Alternatives Considered for Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act governing small business lending data collection and reporting. The Bureau will convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel in October 2020. The panel will prepare a report that examines the impact of the potential rule on small businesses. Section 1071 requires financial institutions to collect […]