On September 12, the CFPB announced the members of three new advisory panels: (i) the Consumer Advisory Board, (ii) the Community Bank Advisory Council, and (iii) the Credit Union Advisory Council. The Consumer Advisory Board is comprised of twenty-five experts from outside of government. Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, it is required to meet at least twice each year and to provide the CFPB with advice “in the exercise of its functions under the Federal consumer financial laws” and “information on emerging practices in the consumer financial products or services industry, including regional trends.” The first Consumer Advisory Board meetings will be held on September 27 and 28, 2012. The community bank and credit union councils will advise the CFPB with regard to the impact of its regulations on their respective groups. Additional information about these and other CFPB advisory boards and councils is available on the CFPB’s website.