Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Hold Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be holding a Consumer Advisory Board Meeting on February 27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The agenda for the meeting indicates an open session to the public (RSVP's required) on Protecting Consumer Credit Profiles. CFPB Director, Richard Cordray is scheduled to speak about the consumer experience in the credit reporting market.

New CFPB Bulletin Issues Strong Warning to Furnishers of Consumer Credit Information

Furnishers Are Required to Review Documentation from Credit Reporting Agencies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) has issued a Bulletin, dated September 4, 2013, to companies that furnish information to consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”) regarding furnisher obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”). The Bulletin is intended to deal specifically with the FCRA requirement that furnishers are required to “review all relevant information” when investigating a consumer dispute. The CFPB Bulletin provides a warning to furnishers that the CFPB maintains supervisory and enforcement authority which it will use to address furnisher violations.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Reports on Received Complaints

Federal Agency to Oversee Credit Reporting Agencies

In July of 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) became the first federal agency to oversee credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. The CFPB receives complaints directly from consumers relating to credit reporting, mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, consumer loans, and money transfers. In July 2013, the CFPB released a report which provides a snapshot of the complaint process and a analysis of the complaints they received. The report states that between the July 21, 2011 through June 20, 2013; 14,200 credit reporting complaints where received by consumers in the marketplace.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to Hold Two Field Hearings in January, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has announced that it will hold two field hearings in January on mortgage policy. In addition to hearing testimony from consumer groups, industry representatives, and members of the public, the field hearings will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richards Cordray. I

Limitations of the e-OSCAR System | Credit Report Disputes

In a study released this month by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB found that there are specific limitations on the e-OSCAR system; the electronic system used by the national consumer reporting agencies (Trans Union, Experian and Equifax) (CRAs) to process consumer disputes of the accuracy of their credit reports.  Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the CRAs are required to send data furnishers a notice of a consumer dispute that includes “all relevant information regarding the dispute that the agency has received from the consumer.”