Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the appointment of new consumer experts from outside the federal government to the Consumer Advisory Board, Community Bank Advisory Council, Credit Union Advisory Council, and Academic Research Council.
We are accepting applications for membership on our Academic Research Council (ARC).
It is a real pleasure for me to have the chance to spend some time with you today. As you know, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is committed to bringing a data-driven perspective to the regulation and oversight of consumer financial markets as well as to our understanding of consumer behavior. Our Office of Research leads that effort, in partnership with subject-matter experts throughout the Bureau, and we established the Academic Research Council to support that same approach.
We recently released a study about payments for online payday loans and other high-cost online loans and their effects on consumers. We found that online lenders’ repeated attempts to debit payments from a borrower’s checking account add significant costs to online payday loans.
We are looking to fill three additional seats on the Academic Research Council in 2016. The ARC was created as a technical advisory body of scholars to make sure that we hear from a variety of experts with diverse viewpoints, knowledge, and expertise.
Today we’re releasing the results of a pilot program where we explored tools and process changes that can help consumers better navigate closing by accessing and signing their closing documents in different ways. Specifically, we examined what would happen if there was more technology involved in the mortgage closing process, with documents being delivered electronically earlier together with online tools and resources. The electronic delivery and signing of closing documents using electronic signatures is sometimes referred to as eClosing.
An important part of our mandate is to make rules more effective and create new rules when necessary. Today, we’re posting a semi-annual update of our rulemaking agenda as part of the federal government’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.
Written Testimony of David Silberman Before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Chairman Neugebauer, Ranking Member Clay, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (Bureau) work to strengthen our financial system so that it better serves consumers, responsible businesses, and our economy as a whole. My name is David Silberman and I am the Associate […]
Join us for the CFPB Research Conference on May 7-8, 2015. The conference will be focused on high-quality consumer finance research, with academic and government researchers presenting their research papers.
During this meeting, we’ll discuss trends in consumer finance research, the activities of consumer financial protection agencies in other countries, and recent publications produced by CFPB’s Office of Research.