The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should avoid impacts on first-party debt collectors in its rulemakings, CUNA wrote to the CFPB Wednesday in response to its proposal on debt collection. The proposal would make certain amendments to third-party debt collector rules under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FCDPA).
“CUNA opposes a debt collection final rule that could result in FDCPA requirements intended for third-party collectors to be applied to first-party collectors, either directly or indirectly; and we urge the Bureau, as it promulgates its first substantive rulemaking under the 42-year old FDCPA, to carefully consider the broad impact its rule will have on consumers and the operations of third-party collectors and seek to limit disruption to this critical function,” the letter reads.
Though the rule is not intended to apply directly to credit unions collecting their own debts, CUNA made several substantive recommendations to improve the rulemaking, including:
CUNA also urged the CFPB to coordinate with the Federal Communications Commission to ensure the debt collection rule is not undermined by actions taken at the FCC that could limit the effectiveness of mobile communications and the ability to financial entities to reach consumers.