In a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, SEC, and NCUA announce that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the “information collection” contained in their “Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies.” … Continue Reading

A report last month issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)  found that a survey of nonexecutive CFPB employees revealed “heightened concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns without fear of reprisal, confidence in complaint processes, and other matters.” … Continue Reading

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its third annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2015.  The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies, including the Fed, OCC, FDIC, NCUA, and SEC, to establish an OMWI, and also required each OMWI to submit an annual report to Congress.… Continue Reading

Regulated entities should be aware of two recent developments concerning the final diversity and inclusion standards issued this summer under Dodd-Frank Section 342 by the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC.  Given that the final standards have been in effect since June 10, 2015, entities should begin taking steps to incorporate them into their daily business practices and plan for their self-assessments.… Continue Reading

On March 3, 2015, the World Bank Group announced the creation of an External Advisory Panel (Panel) for Diversity & Inclusion. This announcement comes on the heels of the newly released diversity Standards, developed pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, which are applicable to regulated entities, including financial institutions doing business in the United States.… Continue Reading

On August 12, 2015, Dee Spagnuolo, a Ballard Spahr partner, will be a faculty member at an American Bar Association webinar: “Dodd-Frank: Implications for Your Diversity and Inclusion Program.”  The program will focus on how Dodd-Frank Section 342 impacts regulated entities, including financial institutions and publicly traded companies, and include a discussion of best practices for compliance.… Continue Reading

Just days after the release of the final diversity standards under Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, several prominent lawmakers and business leaders have criticized the new standards for not going far enough to promote diversity and inclusion within the financial services industry.  The standards were issued jointly on June 9 by six federal agencies—the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.,… Continue Reading

Last week, the Office of Inspector General published its findings following an audit assessing the CFPB’s human resources-related operations and other efforts for equal employment.  The audit, which was conducted in response to a congressional request for information on the CFPB’s activities related to diversity and inclusion (D&I), analyzed the CFPB’s efforts to ensure equal opportunities for minorities and women to obtain senior management positions and to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the workforce. … Continue Reading

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at federal financial regulatory agencies and private financial institutions.  Section 342 of Dodd-Frank directs each of the federal financial regulatory agencies to create an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) to oversee diversity efforts at the agencies, and further, to develop standards for assessing diversity policies and practices at regulated financial entities. … Continue Reading