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On June 28, 2019, the CFPB released their annual report on fair lending.  Coming just seven months after the last annual report to congress (12/4/18), this annual report to Congress describes the Bureau’s fair lending activities in innovation, outreach, prioritization, guidance and rulemaking, supervision, and enforcement for calendar year 2018.  This is the first report released under new CFPB Director, Kathleen Kraninger.

NOTE: The 2018 CFPB fair lending report to Congress will be included in our 2Q 2019 Regulatory Update program, which will be released in July of 2019, covering all of the regulatory changes that a compliance professional needs to be aware of from the activity that occurred during the 2nd Q of 2019.

As we work to build careers in regulatory compliance, we often look for opportunities to become more valuable to our organizations and to establish ourselves as experts.  While experience and self-learned technical expertise is a must for any compliance professional, finding a way to be recognized as an industry leader can help to establish credibility with both examiners and peers.  One way to do this is to obtain a professional regulatory compliance certification.  This article explores 3 options for obtaining a regulatory compliance certification.

On 7/2/19, the FDIC announced updates to their Consumer Compliance Examination Manual (CEM) which examiners utilize when conducting compliance examinations. The manual contains exam procedures for consumer compliance regulations, the Community Reinvestment Act rules, and other supervisory requirements and helps to provide consistency among examiners when conducting examinations.

One of the areas of greatest concern for financial institutions continues to relate to Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP).  While UDAAP violations have been on the forefront of the minds of most compliance officers since the Dodd-Frank Act added “abusive” into the mix, this area still causes challenges for financial institutions as regulators continue to cite financial institutions for UDAAP violations for practices that had not previously been identified as unfair, deceptive, or abusive.  This article explore a number of UDAAP violation examples.

On June 25, 2019, the CFPB held a symposium on abusive acts or practices. This symposium was the first in a series aimed at stimulating a proactive and transparent dialogue to assist the Bureau in its policy development process, including possible future rulemakings. The CFPB has explained that the format of each symposium will include a discussion panel of experts with a variety of viewpoints on the topic. The recent abusive acts or practices symposium included two panels of UDAAP experts and also included

On June 12, 2019, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac announced that the optional use period for the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) form has been delayed again.  It was planned that the redesigned URLA could be used starting on July 1, 2019 with required use by January 1, 2020. This announcement delays the optional use period for the new URLA, meaning that lenders should not yet begin using this form.