A lot has happened with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the past year. From large settlements to court rulings, the CFPB brought itself under the spotlight.
Let’s start at about this time last year. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1737, the “Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act” with a strikingly majority vote of 332-92. The piece of legislation would direct the CFPB to amend how it issues guidance to indirect auto lenders by:
- providing a public notice and comment period before issuing the guidance in final form;
- making publicly available all information relied on by the CFPB, while also redacting any information exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act;
- consulting with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice; and,
- study the costs and impacts of the guidance to consumers, as well as women-owned and minority-owned small businesses.
In addition, the bill would nullify the CFPB’s “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Bulletin”. This bulletin instructed lenders to either eliminate dealer pricing discretion, or constrain dealer pricing discretion by monitoring dealership practices and using “controls” to force dealerships to adjust their practices. Continue reading