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CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

CFPB releases annual employee survey results, 2016-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

The CFPB released two items at year-end:  the results of its 2016 annual employee survey and its updated Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) for 2016-2020....more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo Joins CFPB OMWI Director on Panel at ABA Meeting

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo joined Director Stuart Ishimaru of the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and other industry leaders for the panel discussion "Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," on September...more

Agencies Provide Information on Self-Assessments for Diversity Policies and Practices

The federal banking agencies (the “Agencies”) have provided information explaining how regulated financial institutions may begin to submit self-assessments of their diversity policies and practices as of year-end 2015. The...more

CEO of World Trade Center contractor found guilty of fraud by misstating compliance with Port Authority’s minority- and...

Public entities at the Federal, state, and local levels set aside contracting opportunities, provide preferential price treatment, or otherwise grant favorable treatment to contractors (1) owned by veterans, women,...more

Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms No Longer Certifiable as Minority-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

In the wake of a recent Superior Court decision in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth no longer recognizes Portuguese-owned construction firms as minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Massachusetts General Laws ch. 7C sec. 6...more

CFPB's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion Issues Annual Report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (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...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues annual report

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,...more

CFPB hires Assistant Director for Office of Small Business Lending Markets; announces other senior leadership additions

Earlier this week, the CFPB announced the addition of several new members to its senior leadership team. The announcement included the news that the CFPB has filled the position of Assistant Director for the Office of...more

MBE Eligibility in Maryland

Q: How does a minority-owned business become eligible for certification as a minority business enterprise (MBE) in the State of Maryland? A: A minority-owned business seeking certification as an MBE in the State of...more

State-Assisted Public School Projects Subject to Set-Aside and Non-Discrimination Requirements

Effective as of October 1, 2015, Connecticut’s set-aside requirements for small contractors and minority-owned business enterprises, as well as Connecticut’s statutory non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements,...more

No Good Public Policy Goes Unpunished: Superior Court Challenge to Utility's Implementation of CPUC General Order 156 Moves...

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) is a state agency vested with considerable constitutional and statutory powers. Historically, the CPUC has wielded these powers primarily in pursuit of its traditional...more

Construction Law Advisory - October 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors. In August 2015, the Attorney...more

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s...more

Attorney General Crackdown on DBE/MBE Representations in Subcontracts

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors....more

84 House members urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

84 House members recently wrote to the CFPB to urge it to expedite rulemaking to implement the small business lending data requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1071. Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial...more

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is...more

House Financial Services Committee passes CFPB-related bills including bill creating TRID Rule hold harmless period

On July 29, the following four CFPB-related bills were passed by the House Financial Services Committee: H.R. 3192, the “Homebuyers Assistance Act”: The bill would provide a hold harmless period for the TILA/RESPA Integrated...more

Senate Interest in Small Business Loan Data Rulemaking May Significantly Impact Financial Institutions

On July 10, 2015, 19 United States senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, implored the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to exercise its rulemaking authority related to publicly available small business loan...more

Does the 72-Hour Rule Allow a Contractor in Maryland to Fix a Mistake in its MBE Participation Schedule After Bid Opening?

A recent Maryland Board of Public Works meeting addressed whether the state has flexibility in applying minority business enterprise (MBE) regulatory requirements in State contracts....more

Applying for California Minority-Owned Business Entity Certification: Process & Benefits

We were pleased to announce this week that client Southern Ute Alternative Energy, LLC received certification as a Minority-owned Business Entity (MBE) from the California Supplier Clearinghouse.  Southern Ute Alternative...more

Can You Discriminate Against a Company's Race? Fourth Circuit Says Yes, Grants Standing to Sue for Racial Discrimination

Owners, contractors and other recipients of federal funds be aware: when construction or other federally-funded contracts sour, not only can contracting parties file lawsuits claiming breach of contract, but if the...more

House members propose bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

A bipartisan group of fourteen House members have introduced a bill (H.R. 5403) that would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and require the CFPB to provide for a notice and comment period...more

A Boost for Entrepreneurs: Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned Businesses

Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help...more

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