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Obama Sidesteps Senate Blockade With Recess Appointment of Cordray

President Obama on Wednesday exercised his executive power by using Congress' recess to appoint Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), devoid of a Senate confirmation vote. Without a confirmed director, the CFPB's reach was limited. Now that Obama has single-handedly positioned Cordray at the helm, the bureau has the authority to extend its regulatory powers to non-bank entities such as mortgage brokers and non-depository lenders.

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Cordray Fails to Win Approval from Senate for Top CFPB Post

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is still headless. Senators had scheduled a confirmation vote Thursday for Richard Cordray - President Obama's pick to lead the newly formed watchdog agency. Republicans, though, blocked the process before lawmakers could even get to a final vote. Without a director, the CFPB does not have full authority to supervise non-bank mortgage lenders and debt collectors. President Obama told reporters that he is not giving up on putting Cordray in the top CFPB post.

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OCC Investigates Foreclosures of 5,000 Military Members

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has launched an investigation into the possible wrongful foreclosures of about 5,000 military members by 10 of the nation's largest banks. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), signed into law in 2003, protects military members from foreclosure while on active duty. Rep. Brad Miller of North Carolina is calling for officials to pursue criminal charges should SCRA violations be substantiated.

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Federal Agencies Fight Modification Scams

Three government agencies are combining efforts to address mortgage modification scams through a joint task force. With the announcement of the task force, the participating agencies -- the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Treasury Department -- released a consumer fraud alert to ensure homeowners understand that only their mortgage servicer has discretion to grant a loan modification.

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CFPB Releases Servicing Examination Procedures

In preparation for policing the nation's largest lenders, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Thursday released its examination procedures for mortgage servicers. The bureau will begin its review of more than 100 large banks, thrifts, and credit unions with extensive examinations of their mortgage servicing practices, including complaint resolution, loss mitigation procedures, and foreclosures. The agency stressed that mortgage servicing has a huge impact on consumers and therefore is a top priority for the CFPB.

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CFPB, Other Federal Agencies Developing National Servicing Standards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is working alongside other federal agencies to create ""common-sense national servicing standards,"" according to the Treasury's advisor on the bureau Raj Date. One of the issues Date plans to address through national servicing standards is what he says has been a lack of incentive for originators and others involved in the front end of the lending process to ensure a borrower has the ability to repay their loan.

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Obama’s Pick to Protect Consumers Testifies Before Senate

Richard Cordray has been hand-picked by President Obama to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). On Wednesday, Cordray stood before the U.S. Senate to make a case for lawmakers' confirmation of his appointment. On the heels of major lawsuits announced by the government related to mortgage bonds, Cordray told senators that regulatory authority is his weapon of choice as opposed to litigation, which can be ""a very slow, wasteful, and needlessly acrimonious way to resolve a problem.""

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Elizabeth Warren to Depart Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Raj Date will replace Elizabeth Warren as special advisor to the secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when Warren departs from the agency at the end of this month, Treasury said in a statement Tuesday. Warren is returning to her position as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

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Obama Nominates Former Ohio Attorney General to Head CFPB

President Obama on Sunday announced his pick to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Richard Cordray, former attorney general for the state of Ohio. Cordray was selected to build out the Bureau's enforcement team in December. The president plans to formally nominate Cordray for the top post at the CFPB on Monday. His appointment must still be approved by the Senate.

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Joint Hearing Held on Federal Regulation of Mortgage Servicing

At a hearing Thursday, two House Financial Services subcommittees came together to discuss the role of federal agencies in the creation of new mortgage servicing standards and settlements with the nation's largest mortgage servicers on foreclosure practices. Witnesses called for new universal standards for the servicing industry. ""Improving mortgage servicing will take both market reforms and regulatory reforms,"" said Mark Pearce of the FDIC.

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