By Jeff Bater
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking for public feedback on its field hearings and other outreach events as part of a broad review of agency operations.
Field hearings and town-hall events have been used in the past by the CFPB to highlight rulemaking efforts in areas such as debt collection and small-dollar lending.
The notice Feb. 21 seeks input on all of the CFPB’s public and private external engagements, including meetings of various advisory board and councils, such as the Consumer Advisory Board and the Community Bank Advisory Council.
The CFPB has been undergoing a top-to-bottom review since acting Director Mick Mulvaney was appointed by President Donald Trump in November. In recent weeks, the bureau has asked for public comment on its supervisory examinations, enforcement procedures, civil investigative demands, and administrative adjudications.
Notices on the CFPB’s handling of consumer complaints and its rulemaking processes are expected in the coming weeks.
“I think he’s trying to create a feedback loop with industry,” Ashley Hutto-Schultz, a senior associate at Hogan Lovells, said of Mulvaney’s efforts.
In its latest notice, the CFPB asked for comment “on all aspects of conducting future external engagements.” One of those areas is how the bureau determines the topics, locations, timing, frequency, participants, and other important elements of both public and private events.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise to see these external engagements scaled back, especially in light of the fact he requested a zero-dollar budget,” Hutto-Schultz said, referring to Mulvaney’s recent decision not to seek Federal Reserve funds for the CFPB’s second quarter 2018 operations.
Quyen Truong, a former CFPB enforcement official, said the notice is aimed “at improving the CFPB’s outreach processes rather than to eliminate them.” Some outreach activities, such as the Consumer Advisory Board, are required by law, Truong, now a partner with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, told Bloomberg Law.
“The CFPB’s modification of current processes likely will address past concerns of the industry that they were placed at a disadvantage as compared to community groups that had greater access to bureau staff,” she said in an e-mail. “Accordingly, there is a potential for the CFPB to establish additional avenues for public input, as well as to modify current processes.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Bater in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Ferullo at email@example.com
Copyright © 2018 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)