CFPB's Company Portal for Consumer Complaints

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Last year, we notified you about the Company Portal Manual (Manual) issued by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Manual gave instructions on the use of the special access portal, known as the Company Portal (Portal). The Portal allows financial institutions to view and respond to complaints in the CFPB consumer complaint database. At that time, the Portal was enabled to take consumer complaints about credit cards and provider resources for distressed homeowners.

Since the inception of the Portal, we have responded to numerous requests from clients to help them navigate its rather labyrinthine pathways. Thus, we have obtained considerable experience in guiding our clients from point of contact with the CFPB to point of resolution. In most instances, resolution of the complaint was achieved. While the CFPB continues to acquire statistics about the nature of the complaints, we also have become familiar with how best to respond to the complaints and have kept our own database.

When I cite statistics in this article, the time frame that I am writing about is July 21, 2011 to June 1, 2012. More recent statistics have not yet been officially announced by the CFPB. However, it is known that this database is updated on a daily basis. Retroactive data is expected shortly.

I would like you to become more familiar with the Portal and learn how to set up your access to it. Of course, in an article I can only offer a generic, rather than a detailed, description. I encourage you to explore the Portal, download the most recent Manual, and, most importantly, draft and implement complaint management procedures for using it. Regulators will surely expect as much!

IN THIS ARTICLE

Statistics

Common Complaints

Screening Process

Flow Chart

Step-by-Step Procedures

CFPB Response

Company Response

Monetary Relief

Specifying Relief and Status

Government Portal

Requesting Access

Login

Viewing Complaints

Technical Assistance

Library

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