CFPB to Begin Work on Small Business Loan Data Collection Rule After Completion of HMDA Revisions; Plans ECOA Examinations Within the Next Year

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CFPB Director Richard Cordray testified yesterday before the House Financial Services Committee. During the session, Director Cordray was asked when the Bureau plans to begin work on its implementation of the Small Business Loan Data Collection Rule of section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Noting the recent calls for implementation of the rule by members of Congress and a number of community groups, Mr. Cordray stated that the Bureau plans to begin work on the rule following the completion of its overhaul of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules. He stated he expected the Bureau to finish the revisions to the HMDA regulations by the end of the year.

Mr. Cordray also noted that the CFPB plans to begin examinations of financial institutions regarding their compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act as it relates to small business lending. “We have a little window of authority [over small business lending] under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and we have indicated that we will begin examinations of institutions on their small business lending within the next year,” he said. ECOA is one of the few statutes applicable to small business lenders that is enforced by the CFPB.

The Director’s statement follows the Bureau’s recent ECOA enforcement action against Hudson City Savings Bank for alleged redlining in its consumer lending operations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Given the Bureau’s recent and controversial use of the disparate impact theory, it will be interesting to see if the Bureau expands the use of the theory when it begins its examination of institutions regarding their small business lending operations.

Last modified: September 30, 2015
Patrick SiegfriedPatrick Siegfried is the author of usurylawblog.com and smallbusinessfinancelaw.com. Patrick is a practicing attorney in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick’s work focuses on issues regarding alternative small business financing. He can be reached at psiegfried@usurylawblog.com

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