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ComplianceJune 30, 2023

Unveiling the Insights: Exploring Dodd-Frank Act Section 1071 at the CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium

By: Sara Hill

In the world of financial regulations, the Dodd-Frank Act stands as a landmark legislation passed in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Among its provisions, Section 1071, also known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Small business lending rule, which requires covered institutions to collect and report to the CFPB data on applications for credit for small businesses, including those that are owned by women or minorities. Financial experts and professionals will gather at the CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium to delve into the intricacies of this crucial act and its impact on lending institutions.

The Dodd-Frank Act and Section 1071

Enacted in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was designed to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis that shook the global economy. Section 1071, and amendment of Regulation B of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), focuses specifically on collection and reporting of small business lending to the CFPB. The purpose of collecting and reporting of this data is to facilitate the enforcement of fair lending laws and to enable creditors and communities to meet the needs of small businesses, including minority-owned and women-owned small businesses.

The CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium

The CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium is a prestigious gathering that brings together industry experts, regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss critical topics related to fair lending and the Community Reinvestment Act. This year, one of the focal points of the event will be the Dodd-Frank Act Section 1071 and its implications for fair lending practices.

Key insights and discussions

  1. Impact on Consumer Protection
    • The colloquium is geared at shedding light on the positive impact of Section 1071 on consumer protection and the impact on the communities that lenders are serving.
  2. Compliance Challenges and Solutions
    • Industry experts will highlight the challenges faced by collecting and reporting the data and complying with the complex regulatory framework introduced by Section 1071. Practitioners may emphasize the importance of leveraging technology and adopting robust compliance management systems to streamline processes and effectively meet regulatory obligations.
  3. Fair Lending Implications
    • Discussion panels at the event will explore the potential fair lending implications arising from data resulting from Section 1071. Speakers will discuss ways to identify areas of risk and how to mitigate that risk.
  4. Future Directions and Adaptation
    • The CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium also provides a platform to discuss potential updates and adaptations needed for Section 1071. Industry leaders and regulators will engage in productive dialogues, exploring avenues for improving the efficacy of the act while balancing compliance burdens for financial institutions.

The CRA and Fair Lending Colloquium is an essential forum to examine the implications and challenges associated with Dodd-Frank Act Section 1071. The insights gained from the event underscore the significance of ongoing discussions, collaborations, and adaptation to ensure the long-term effectiveness of Section 1071, ultimately benefiting consumers and promoting a more equitable financial ecosystem.

Don’t miss out on the latest information, register for the Colloquium today!

Sara Hill
Senior Technology Product Manager
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