Pending Rulemakings

Prior to issuing a final rule, the BCFP must go through a notice-and-comment rulemaking process. This includes publishing notice of a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register and offering an opportunity for interested parties to provide comment before it can adopt a rule.  Below is a list of BCFP rulemakings that are ongoing, but in various stages of the rulemaking process.

Debt Collection Rulemaking

The BCFP continues to move closer to issuing a comprehensive rule to regulate the debt collection industry, an action widely expected to mark the most significant legal change to how debt collection is conducted in the United States since enactment of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in 1977.

In November 2013, the BCFP took the first step toward considering rules for the debt collection market by issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to collect information on the credit and collection industry.  In August 2016, the BCFP convened an advocacy review panel under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act to obtain feedback from small business representatives on its outline of third-party debt collection proposals under consideration.  With the SBREFA process concluded, the BCFP is now poised to issue a Proposed Rule to cover third-party debt collection.

Throughout the debt collection rulemaking process, ACA is actively engaged with the BCFP, working hard to ensure that the agency has an accurate and fair understanding of how its proposed policy changes will impact the collection industry.

ANPRM Materials

 

SBREFA Materials

 

Debt Collection Consumer Survey Materials

 

Other Debt Collection Research Materials

 

 

On May 5, 2016, the BCFP released a Proposed Rule to prohibit the use of class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain contracts for consumer financial products and services.

In comments submitted on Aug. 22, 2016, ACA urged the BCFP to withdraw the arbitration Proposed Rule and take a more balanced approach that will allow it to achieve the same public policy goals that it purports to achieve through a ban on class action waivers, but in a way that preserves individual arbitration, does not run afoul of explicit congressional directives, and is fair for consumers and compliance-minded businesses.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Materials

Arbitration Small Entity Compliance Guide (Sept. 2017)

Final Arbitration Rule (July 2017)

Final Arbitration Rule Executive Summary by BCFP (July 2017)

Director Cordray’s Prepared Remarks Arbitration (June, 2017)

Arbitration Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (May 2016)

News Release, Arbitration Field Hearing (May 5, 2016)

Director Cordray’s Prepared Remarks, Arbitration Field Hearing (May 5, 2016)

SBREFA Materials

SBREFA Panel Final Report (December 2015)

Outline of Arbitration Proposals for SBREFA

Arbitration SBREFA Discussion Questions

News Release, Arbitration Field Hearing (October 7, 2015)

Director Cordray’s Prepared Remarks, Arbitration Field Hearing (October 7, 2015)

Arbitration Study Materials

BCFP Arbitration Study Report to Congress (March 2015)

Comments

06.21.12 – ACA Submits Comments on Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements 

On June 2, 2016, the BCFP released a Proposed Rule which contained complex and onerous requirements related to payday loans, vehicle title loans, and certain high-cost installment loans.  Central to the Proposed Rule is the requirement that covered lenders would have to reasonably determine that a consumer will have the ability to repay before making a loan. 

Focusing on the flawed process that led to the Proposed Rule, on Oct. 7, 2016, ACA submitted comments urging the BCFP to withdraw the misguided proposal and take appropriate steps to ensure that any new regulations are reflective of operational realities, demonstrate an accurate understanding of consumer need, and adhere to important SBREFA requirements.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Materials

SBREFA Panel Materials


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