CFPB's First 100 Days Under Microscope at Hearing
November 2, 2011
During a recent U.S. House Financial Services Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing, Republican lawmakers said that the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) needs additional oversight, but Raj Date, special adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury on the CFPB, defended the bureau's work. He outlined the accomplishments of the agency in its first 100 days, noting that examinations of large banks had begun as well as efforts to clarify mortgage documents and student loans. The bureau also plans to review rules inherited from other agencies to reduce duplication, streamline regulation, and make updates, which Date said could help smaller firms. The CFPB is expected to face additional challenges once it has a director in place, which will enable the agency to supervise nonbank consumer-financial-product providers. However, the White House Nominee Richard Cordray continues to face Republican opposition in the U.S. Senate, as Republicans intend to block any nominee until the agency's structure is changed, including the replacement of the director position with a board. Date reiterated the CFPB's stance that its decisions will be "fact-based, pragmatic, and deliberative."
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