CFPB Announces Public Petition System

May 3, 2022
The CFPB announced a new process to receive public petitions for rulemaking or regulatory changes.

On February 16, 2022, the CFPB announced a new process (available here) to receive public petitions for rulemaking or regulatory changes, and to post them on a public docket on the CFPB website for review and comment. The move is intended to strengthen the public right in the U.S. Constitution to petition the government, enhance transparency at the CFPB, and also address the CFPB’s sense that individuals and small businesses often feel the need to engage former government officials, lawyers, or lobbyists to petition federal government agencies.

The CFPB will accept these public petitions under the Federal Administrative Procedures Act, which become part of the public record when received. The CFPB expects each petition to give the contact information for the submitting party, describe the requested action, such as a new rule or repeal or amendment of an existing rule, the factual and legal reasons for the request, and also the expected effects of the proposed action. The CFPB has committed to deliver a final, public response to each petition that it posts to its website with an assigned docket number.

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