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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CFPB Issues Supervisory Compliance Bulletin

By Outside Counsel, Chrys D. Lemon, McIntyre & Lemon, PLLC

The CFPB issued a bulletin reminding supervised financial institutions, including nonbank companies, of existing regulatory requirements regarding confidential supervisory information.

“The CFPB has supervisory authority over banks and credit unions with assets over $10 billion, and their affiliates. The Bureau is also the first federal agency with supervisory authority over certain nonbank financial companies such as mortgage lenders and servicers, payday lenders, and private student lenders, as well certain large debt collectors, consumer reporting agencies, student loan servicers, and international remittance providers.”

“The bulletin . . . provides guidance on what types of information constitute confidential supervisory information. The bulletin also explains that disclosure of confidential supervisory information is not allowed, with limited exceptions.

“The CFPB is aware that some supervised financial institutions may have entered into non-disclosure agreements that purport to restrict the institution from sharing information with a regulator, or to require the institution to notify a third party when it shares information. However, the bulletin explains that provisions in non-disclosure agreements do not alter or limit the Bureau’s existing supervisory authority or the supervised financial institution’s obligations relating to confidential supervisory information.”

Read CFPB Press Release, Bulletin.