CFPB: Equal Credit Opportunity Act Prohibits Lenders From Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Discrimination

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is issuing an “interpretative rule” that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As an “interpretative rule” it will not be open for public comment and will become effective when published in the Federal Register. The CFPB then intends to take enforcement actions if the rule is violated.

Biden Orders Regulatory Review, Casting Doubt on NCUA Proposals

President Biden has issued a temporary moratorium on regulations until they can be reviewed by people in his administration. His Executive Order, signed the day of his inauguration, says that, with a few exceptions, until rules are approved by someone designated by him, agencies should not send rules to the Federal Register for publication. Rules that have been published but have not become effective should be delayed for 60 days.

NCUA Signs Cooperation Agreement With CFPB, but Won’t Release Document

After signing a memorandum of understanding the National Credit Union Administration and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announce that they will do a better job of coordinating the consumer protection supervision of credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets. To independently confirm that, you will have to file a Freedom of Information Request as they are not releasing the memorandum to the public.

CFPB Task Force: Allow All Credit Unions to Serve Underserved Areas

A controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau task force on consumer financial law released its final report the day before a hearing about its makeup was to be held in a federal court in Massachusetts. Credit unions will like its recommendation that all credit unions be allowed to serve underserved areas. Consumer groups will object to many of the other recommendations and it is unlikely the Biden Administration will accept them.