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Watchdog Group Files FOIA Suit Against CFPB

Judicial Watch, a group dedicated to investigating and fighting possible government corruption, says it submitted a FOIA request on January 12 to CFPB seeking access to records of communications between the bureau, the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the Treasury, and Congress concerning Cordray's appointment to his post. That request also asked for records of communications between CFPB and the White House regarding Obama's visit to CFPB after the appointment, a move Politico referred to as a ""victory lap.""

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Exclusive: Trade Group to Call for CFPB Official to Resign After Remarks

Sparking indignation in the mortgage broker community, Raj Date, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, laid the bulk of the blame for the housing crisis on brokers during a speaking engagement Monday. His statements have led at least one industry trade group to call for his resignation. Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals, called Date's comments ""outrageous."" He said the group will call for the official's resignation this week.

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Agencies Sign Memorandum on Supervisory Coordination

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to clarify how they will coordinate their supervisory activities.

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CFPB Seeks Comments on Proposed Ability to Repay Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is reopening a comment period regarding proposed ability-to-pay rules. The bureau reopened the comment period until July 9, 2012 to receive feedback on new data and information it received. The original comment period to the proposed rule closed on July 22, 2011.

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CFPB Proposes Rules to Supervise Nonbanks

The CFPB, created by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, is seeking to clarify procedures that would be used when examining nonbank activity. The bureau launched its nonbank supervision program in January this year as an extension of its bank supervision authority. The proposed rule defines procedures involved in notifying a nonbank that it is being considered for supervision by the CFPB based on reasonable cause.

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SIGTARP, CFPB, Treasury Issue Fraud Alert for Servicemembers

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Treasury issued a fraud alert Thursday warning the armed services community about scams targeting homeowners seeking mortgage assistance. The alert specifically warned about scammers attempting to exploit the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which can provide mortgage relief for struggling homeowners through modified payments.

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CFPB Pursues Screening Standards for Mortgage Originators

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled new rulemaking proposals Thursday that would require background checks for mortgage originators and complement a previous rule that prohibits loan officers from steering borrowers to higher-priced products. Together with these rules, others would provide consumers with discounts for paying mortgage origination points, mandate comparison plans for those interested in tracking different products, and ban brokerage firms from charging fees that vary by the loan size.

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Behind the $25B Settlement: Joe Smith

Parties to the landmark mortgage servicing settlement appointed one man to oversee $25 billion in compliance. In an interview with DS News, Joseph A. Smith, onetime banking commissioner for North Carolina and ex-nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, lays out the role he envisions playing as he monitors funds for homeowners, states, and the federal government. The settlement monitor speaks with an understated tone about his stewardship of the historic settlement, which 49 state attorneys general and federal officials completed in February.

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House Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Dodd-Frank Bailout Fund

The House Financial Services Committee signed off on legislation Wednesday that would repeal bailout funds under the Dodd-Frank Act and more than half the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) budget. Clearing the legislation by a party-line vote, committee members billed it as a way to slash $35 billion from the national deficit.

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CFPB: Banks, Nonbanks Liable for Third-Party Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin Friday reminding financial institutions that they may be held accountable for violations under contracted service providers. The agency said that banks and nonbank entities need to supervise their third-party vendors with due diligence, consistently request and review their internal controls and training materials, and establish clear expectations about compliance. The CFPB is reaffirming its role as both a formal supervisor and informal trendsetter in the industry.

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