Pub. 10 2020 Issue 3

10 T HE CHALLENGES WE HAVE FACED in 2020 have come at us out of nowhere and at a lightning pace. The world continues to face a global pandemic, while regulators and businesses are largely reinventing significant industries. We have dealt with the Paycheck Protection Program, stimulus checks, mountains of loan modification requests, significant pushes to online services, and many other things that were not on our 2020 roadmap. With so many unexpected developments, it’s nice when we have the opportunity to anticipate some of the changes that will require us to take action. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been busy during the last sev- eral months, and the next 12 months prom- ise even more change. The CFPB recently published its spring 2020 Agenda as part of the Trump administration’s spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agency recapped some of its actions from recent months and gave us a preview of the regulatory roadmap through spring 2021. Many of the chang- es follow up on proposals the agency had already announced. Changes are underway to the escrow requirements of higher-priced mortgage loans (HPMLs). Under Section 108 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (EGR- RCPA), Congress instructed the CFPB to conduct a rulemaking to exempt loans from the HPLM escrow requirements if the lender has $10 billion or less in assets and meets other criteria. The CFPB published a notice of proposed rulemaking on July 2 to implement Section 108 of the EGRRCPA. Comments are due by Sept. 21, 2020. As we enter fall, the CFPB plans to take a significant step toward implementing section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Section 1071 requires lenders to identify women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses, and to collect data related to race, sex, and ethnicity of the business owners, the purpose of the loan, the action taken regarding the loan, the business’s gross annual revenue, and “any additional data that the [CFPB] determines would aid in fulfilling the purposes of this section.” In October, the CFPB will convene a panel under the Small Business Regula- tory Enforcement Fairness Act to discuss this matter. Ahead of the event, the CFPB will be releasing materials that the group will discuss with representatives of small entities likely to be directly affected by the bureau’s rule to implement section 1071. The fall will also likely see two proposals to modify the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The first proposal follows the May 2019 advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning data points that banks must report under the 2015 HMDA rule and coverage of business or commer- cial purpose loans. The second proposal addresses the public disclosure of HMDA data in light of consumer privacy interests. In October, the CFPB expects to issue a final rule after the May 2019 proposed rule CFPB Announces Its Spring Agenda By Chris Bell, Associate General Cousel, Compliance Alliance