CUNA and several credit unions met this week with representatives from CFPB to discuss the recently released RFI regarding the small business lending market, and CUNA followed up with a letter sent Thursday requesting an extended comment period.
CUNA submitted a letter to the CFPB Thursday, detailing the numerous ways agency rulemakings have affected, and in many cases harmed, credit unions, their members and consumers. The letter also includes recommendations to improve regulations.
NCUA Chair J. Mark McWatters wrote that a number of changes should be considered to CFPB rules and policymakings, to provide regulatory relief for credit unions, particularly with respect to exemption authority, HMDA and UDAAP requirements of Dodd-Frank.
Credit unions play an important role in meeting the needs of consumers facing financial challenges and support more flexibility and the ability to innovate. However, CUNA cautioned against any additional mandatory data reporting in a letter to CFPB Thursday.
CUNA supports proposed changes to proposed changes to ethnicity and race collection under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. CFPB proposed the amendments to provide a creditor with additional flexibility in how it collects applicant ethnicity and race information.
Credit unions will be represented in the upcoming Consumer CFPB field hearing on small business lending by Sharon Lindeman, vice president of regulatory advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
Comments are due May 9 on NCUA’s ANPR, and CUNA urges credit unions to comment. Other comment deadlines this month include the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s alternative data and Equal Credit Opportunity Act amendments.
CUNA appreciates the announcement from the CFPB this week that it will make changes to its disclosure requirements to its current ex parte policy on rulemakings, giving 10 business days for documentation up from 3 days.
The CFPB issued a proposal designed to facilitate compliance with the 2015 updates to the HMDA rule. Initial CUNA analysis suggests the changes will be favorable for credit unions, and CUNA will continue to examine the proposal.
CUNA wrote in support of legislation Monday that is a step forward in addressing the threat of litigation under the Americans With Disabilities Act, urging legislators to consider how credit unions are being impacted by frivolous litigation.
The House Financial Services Committee passed 8 CUNA-supported regulatory relief bills Thursday. CUNA wrote in support of the bills prior to the markup, particularly one that would raise the CFPB's supervisory threshold to $50 billion.