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 […]


On June 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its Spring 2020 Agenda. The agenda lists the regulatory matters that the CFPB expects to focus on between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Those matters include: A final rule amending the CFPB’s Remittance Rule to provide tailored exceptions that permit certain insured institutions to disclose estimates instead of exact amounts to consumers in certain circumstances. The final rule also increases (from 100 remittance […]


The Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) requires the CFPB to review certain rules within five years after they take effect. The required reviews are called assessments. The CFPB is conducting an assessment of the ATR/QM rule, and will issue a report of the assessment by January 2019. As required by law, the assessment will address the rule’s effectiveness in meeting the purposes and objectives of Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act and the specific goals of the […]


Following this week’s election we all need to evaluate the impact on our lives, families, and our businesses. Change is definitely coming, but will not happen overnight. If you have a positive view of the future I hope your vision comes true. If you are fearful of the future I hope your fears are unfounded. We need to closely watch the actions of Congress and the White House over the next few years to judge […]


Can’t get excited about the CFPB’s fourth birthday? Well let’s celebrate the continued foot-dragging on the part of the CFPB and other Federal agencies. Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and report information concerning credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and by small businesses. The law established an effective date of July 21, 2011. Since Section 1071 was scheduled to be […]