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  • 01 Apr 2020 2:30 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    April 1, 2020

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    Tel: (202) 435-7170

    CFPB ISSUES CREDIT REPORTING GUIDANCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today released a policy statement outlining the responsibility of credit reporting companies and furnishers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In response to the pandemic, many lenders are being flexible when it comes to consumers’ making payments.  The Bureau’s statement underscores that consumers benefit if lenders report accurate information about these arrangements to credit bureaus so that the credit reports of consumers are accurate.

    “During this time of uncertainty, we are providing clarity to ensure the consumer reporting industry can continue to function,” said Director Kraninger.  “Consumers rely on their credit report to purchase a new car, their new home, or to finance their college education.  An effective consumer reporting system is critical in promoting fair and efficient access to credit in the consumer financial services market.”

    As lenders continue to offer struggling borrowers payment accommodations, Congress last week passed the CARES Act.  The Act requires lenders to report to credit bureaus that consumers are current on their loans if consumers have sought relief from their lenders due to the pandemic.  The Bureau’s statement informs lenders they must comply with the CARES Act.  The Bureau’s statement also encourages lenders to continue to voluntarily provide payment relief to consumers and to report accurate information to credit bureaus relating to this relief.  The continuation of reporting such accurate payment information produces substantial benefits for consumers, users of consumer reports, and the economy as a whole.

    In addition, in response to staffing and resources constraints on lenders and credit bureaus due to the pandemic, the Bureau’s statement also provides flexibility for lenders and credit bureaus in the time they take to investigate disputes.   The Bureau specifically states that it does not intend to cite in an examination or bring an enforcement action against firms who exceed the deadlines to investigate such disputes as long as they make good faith efforts during the pandemic to do so as quickly as possible.

    Earlier this month, the Bureau provided consumers with resources to protect their credit.  The Bureau’s blog outlines the steps consumers should take if they cannot make a payment, how to dispute inaccurate information on their credit report, and how to obtain a free copy of their credit report.  The blog can be found here.

    Statement on Supervisory and Enforcement Practices Regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V in Light of the CARES Act.

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  • 31 Mar 2020 3:08 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

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  • 31 Mar 2020 2:25 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    March 31, 2020

    The NMLS Policy Committee has been reviewing certain NMLS policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on state regulated entities.

    Following the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's release announcing there would be a 30-day extension for certain reports, the NMLS Policy Committee has amended the previously announced 60-day temporary deadline extension for the following types of reporting submitted in NMLS: 

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  • 25 Mar 2020 4:56 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    The NYS DFS has just issued the following Industry letter:

    To the Chief Executive Officers or the Equivalents of New York State Regulated Institutions:

    This is an update to the “Guidance to New York State Regulated Institutions and Request for Assurance of Operational Preparedness Relating to the Outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus” (the Industry Letter) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (the Department) on March 10, 2020. The Industry Letter requested a response within 30 days from the date of the Letter, which is April 9, 2020.

    The Department has received various requests to extend the time to respond to the Industry Letter due to the impact of COVID-19. The Department recognizes and appreciates that many institutions are currently experiencing resource and other constraints during this challenging time. To that end, the Department hereby extends the deadline for responding to the Industry Letter to May 25, 2020. 

    Click Here for a copy of DFS Letter

  • 24 Mar 2020 5:24 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    Attention all Members and Affiliates of the New York Association of Mortgage Brokers:

    As a follow up to my message earlier today this letter is to inform the membership that your association is currently working carefully with your regulators and other industry partners in response to the current world health crisis and the effect that this may be having on your businesses to date and in the unforeseeable future.

    I have received calls and emails from many of you asking for advice and or input on a number of areas that are a concern to all of us so I will attempt to address the most immediate concerns of New York Mortgage Brokers in this letter and then follow up later this week with additional information as necessary. 

    Please stay tuned to these Important Notices so that you can stay on top of the direction of your industry as we all move through this together.

    Question : Are NYS Mortgage Brokers considered essential Businesses?Answer : Yes, according correspondence received today from the NYSDFS, Mortgage Brokerage is an Essential Financial Service. 

    For Consideration : NY Mortgage Brokers must carefully consider the risks to the public when operating their business and the recommendation from the CDC to work from home should be the current standard of practice for most mortgage brokers. If you are a (1) person operation the current law exempts you from the stay at home provision. NYSDFS has issued emergency guidelines for working at home. Employees may NOT conduct any “face to face” business with consumers from any property other than the licensed location. However, employees will be allowed to take mortgage applications from a secure, remote location such as their own home. You are required to adhere to the regulation regarding the safety of all consumer data. Remote users will be required to implement the same standard for operation as would be expected in the office and should follow all policies and procedures. 

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  • 23 Mar 2020 9:30 AM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    We just received clarification to the Governor's Executive Order 2026 "Essential Business". Please see below from Gayathri Nair, Financial Services Manager of the NYS DFS:

    "Based on Governor’s Executive Order 202.6, "Essential Business," includes Financial Institutions and services related to financial markets. Therefore Brokers are considered essential business." 

    Link to Governor guidelines : https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

    Click Here to Read Notice in Full

  • 11 Mar 2020 2:39 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    copy of Industry Letter issued by the NYSDFS on May 10, 2020

    To: The Chief Executive Officers or the Equivalents of New York State Regulated Institutions

    The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is issuing this guidance and request for assurance to ensure your institutions have preparedness plans in place to address operational risk posed by the outbreak of a novel coronavirus known as “COVID-19”.

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  • 30 Jan 2019 6:30 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    All regulated entities and licensed persons of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) are required to file various notices to the Superintendent.

    • January 2019 Covered Entities Must File Notices of Exemption
      • Exemptions filed in 2017 and 2018 have expired. Any DFS regulated entity or licensed person that is currently entitled to an exemption must file an Initial Notice of Exemption prior to the February 15, 2019 due date for the annual Certification of Compliance.
    • February 15, 2019 Compliance Certification Filing Deadline
      • Regulated entities and licensed persons must file the Certification of Compliance for calendar year 2018 no later than February 15, 2019.

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  • 16 Jan 2019 3:13 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    The New York State Department of Financial Services is issuing this guidance to all entities chartered, licensed, or regulated by the Department. This guidance applies to all such regulated institutions regardless of industry, size, or number of employees.

    CLICK HERE to access full content of DFS Letter

  • 15 Jul 2018 10:43 PM | Edith Tella (Administrator)

    NAMB's letter to The Honorable J. Michael Mulvane, Acting Director
    Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

    Read Context of Full Letter Click Here


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