CFPB Announces Federal Consumer Financial Law Task Force

December 9, 2019
On October 11, the CFPB announced a new task force to harmonize and modernize federal consumer financial laws.

The task force will have a Chair and approximately six members. These members will be selected for their consumer protection expertise; experience in analyzing consumer financial markets, laws and regulations; past record of senior public or academic service, and professional achievements; and objectivity in economics, econometrics or law.

Other ‘detailees’ from the CFPB and across the federal government will also be brought on to assist. The members will serve for one year under the guidance of the CFPB and will examine the existing legal and regulatory framework to identify gaps in knowledge that should be addressed through research, ways to improve consumer understanding or markets and products, and potential conflicts or inconsistencies in existing regulations and guidance.

The goal of the task force will be to develop a report to the CFPB that may also be shared with Congress.  

This task force is in part inspired by a similar commission established by Congress in 1968 that performed a similar review and analysis of then-current regulation of consumer credit. That commission’s research, analysis and resulting report were made public and led to significant legislative and regulatory developments in consumer finance.

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