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CFPB, Colorado's Attorney General Announce Joint, Virtual Office Hours

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Colorado Attorney General announced joint, virtual office hours to be held as part of the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN). Joint office hours provide innovators with the opportunity to discuss issues such as financial technology, innovative products or services, and other matters related to financial innovation with officials from the CFPB and state partners.

The joint, virtual office hours will be held on December 2, 2020. CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger and Colorado Attorney General Philip Weiser will participate in this event.

“The coordination between federal and state partners to promote consumer-beneficial innovation is invaluable to ensuring consumers are protected in the marketplace. Office hours hosted by ACFIN have provided the Bureau and our state partners with first-hand knowledge of the issues that innovators and consumers are confronting as well as identifying potential solutions that are needed. I look forward to hosting Office Hours with Attorney General Weiser and discussing ways that we can continue to work together on behalf of consumers,” said Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen L. Kraninger.

“Innovation in the consumer financial arena holds out the promise for cheaper, fairer, and more accessible credit and banking opportunities. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is committed to fostering creative and entrepreneurial approaches in this space that offer greater access to responsible credit and are consistent with our commitment to consumer protection. We appreciate the Bureau’s leadership in forming ACFIN and facilitating federal-state partnership,” said Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Last year, the CFPB, along with state partners, launched ACFIN to enhance coordination among federal and state regulators as it relates to innovation and to further objectives such as consumer access, competition, and financial inclusion. Additionally, ACFIN provides a platform for members to share information to facilitate coordination on innovation policies and programs. ACFIN members include the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency plus the attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah; and state financial regulators from Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. ACFIN membership remains open to any state and federal partners interested in joining.

Innovators interested in requesting a meeting during the joint, virtual office hours should request a meeting and describe the topic(s) they would like to discuss during their session. Requests must be received by November 23, 2020. A confirmation for the specific meeting time will then be provided to the requester.

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Media Contacts:

CFPB Marisol Garibay (202) 435-7170

COAG Lawrence Pacheco (720) 508-6553

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations, by making rules more effective, by consistently enforcing federal consumer financial law, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov.