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We study how consumers interact with financial products and services to help identify potential problems in the marketplace and achieve better outcomes for all. Review our reports and analyses to help inform your decisions, policies, and practices. And, see reports that we periodically prepare about the CFPB.

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Category: To Congress |
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GAO-IG Act Reporting

On January 3, 2019, the Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act (GAO-IG Act) was enacted as Public Law number 115-414. The GAO-IG Act requires agencies to annually submit a report to Congress on the status of open public audit recommendations. This report is the first published by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection in compliance with that law.

Category: Industry and markets |
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Quantitative Survey Testing of Model Disclosure Clauses and Forms for Debt Collection: Methodology Report

In September 2019, the CFPB engaged ICF International, Inc., to launch a large-scale online survey experiment designed to test several versions of disclosures to support understanding of time-barred debt and revival. ICF produced this report describing the methodology of this survey experiment, including sampling, response rates, and question development.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights, Issue No. 21 (Winter 2020)

In this issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of debt collection, mortgage servicing, payday lending, and student loan servicing that were completed between April 2019 and August 2019. The report does not impose any new or different legal requirements, and all violations described in the report are based only on those specific facts and circumstances noted during those examinations.

Category: To Congress |
Published

2019 Financial Literacy Annual Report

The 2019 Financial Literacy Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details the Bureau's financial literacy activities and strategy to improve the financial literacy of consumers. Overall, this report describes the Bureau's efforts in a broad range of financial literacy areas relevant to consumers' financial lives.

Category: To Congress |
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State of Bureau Websites and Digital Services

These reports provide an overview of the Bureau’s publicly available website and digital services and electronic signature usage, in accordance with the reporting requirements of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act or the 21st Century IDEA (Public Law No. 115-336).

Category: To Congress |
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Annual Report on the TILA, EFTA, and CARD Act

This Report provides the information required to be reported by provisions of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) for the periods January 1, 2016–December 31, 2016, and January 1, 2017–December 31, 2017.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights Consumer Reporting Special Edition, Issue No. 20 (Fall 2019)

In this special issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of consumer reporting and furnishing of information to consumer reporting companies, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V. The report does not impose any new or different legal requirements, and all violations described in the report are based only on those specific facts and circumstances noted during those examinations. 

Category: To Congress |
Published

Financial report fiscal year 2019

The financial report provides readers with the summary results of the BCFP’s operational activity and it is the principal statement of our accountability to the American people, the United States Congress, and the President of the United States.