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What Do The CFPB, Wild West, And House Of Representatives Have In Common?

posted on 2014-02-13 by Martin Sher

There just might be a new Deputy in town! This past November, the House Financial Services Committee approved 6 bills that could possibly add sorely needed oversight and accountability to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

To date, it has been pretty much like the Wild West of regulation. The CFPB and its posse of 100s have been running roughshod from California to Florida to Maine, resembling a lynch mob looking for any culprit just happening to be in the financial services industry.

I’d say that they’ve found a culprit or 2 that needed to be lynched, but at what expense? How many people have been unnecessarily shot and wounded?  And, before the lynching, wouldn’t justice have been better served with a judge and/or a jury of some kind?

Well that may be a little facetious of a description, but maybe not.  Honestly, I feel certain that 98% of the people in the CFPB likely do a good job and try to do the right thing. That’s quite a coincidence, because 98% of the financial industry is also made up of good people that do a good job and try to do the right thing.

So thank goodness for consumers,  there is now a serious move to lasso some of the power from the CFPB and make sure it has appropriate oversight and accountability.

Out of the six bills passed, these three might be the most workable:

  1. The Responsible Consumer Financial Protection Regulation Act of 2013. This bill would establish a five person decision making commission.
  2. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013. This bill would bring the responsibility of funding to Congress and away from the Federal Reserve.
  3. The Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013. This bill would allow The Financial Stability Oversight Council to overrule the CFPB with a majority vote.

My hope is that the CFPB will handcuff the financial industry culprits, dispense the posse to go back to herding cattle, and set up a structure where the financial services industry can wake up all of the sleepy towns in the Wild West, and all of America.


Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a past president of ACA International, is the author of the Collector’s Pledge. Hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect. AmSher is known as the collection agency that collects with compassion.