Federal News Wire – a non-partisan news group focusing on the activities of federal agencies – has issued a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seeking a list of all organizations who have received payments from the Bureau’s “Civil Penalty Fund” (“CPF”) since the Bureau’s formation in 2011.… Continue Reading

On September 12, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) issued a final rule that amends the procedures used by the public to obtain information from the Bureau under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974, and in legal proceedings.

A number of the rule’s amendments simply align policy with practice. … Continue Reading

The Cause of Action Institute has filed an action against the CFPB under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information related to the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule.  In its complaint filed in D.C. federal district court, the Institute described itself as “a non-profit strategic oversight group committed to ensuring that government decision-making is open, honest, and fair.”… Continue Reading

The Consumer Financial Services Association of America (CFSA) issued a statement in which it reported that documents it received from the CFPB in response to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request filed on December 31, 2015 “reveal for the first time more than 12,000 positive testimonials that payday loan customers submitted to the [CFPB] as part of the Bureau’s “Tell Your Story” initiative.”… Continue Reading

Last September, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued an opinion on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by Judicial Watch to the CFPB for documents relating to Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director.  With regard to all but one document, the court agreed with the CFPB’s position that it was entitled to rely on the deliberative process privilege, the attorney client/attorney work product privilege, or the presidential communications privilege to withhold certain records.  … Continue Reading

We recently reported that the CFPB had issued its first Annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report which provided statistical information for FOIA requests the CFPB received in FY 2013.  It turns out that one of those FOIA requests was made by the Washington Newspaper Publishing Co, which publishes the Washington Examiner. … Continue Reading

Although the controversy over the validity of Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director effectively ended with his confirmation by the Senate this past July, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents relating to the appointment were the subject of a decision issued on September 30 by a federal district court in Washington D.C. … Continue Reading

MFY Legal Services, an organization whose services include providing free legal assistance to New York City residents, has appealed the CFPB’s decision to withhold mortgage complaint narratives it requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  MFY is represented in the appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union. 

According to MFY’s appeal letter, the FOIA request sought complaints filed with the CFPB concerning mortgage products, loan modifications, collection or foreclosure
between December 1, 2011 and April 5, 2013. … Continue Reading