Notice regarding charges for certain disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“Bureau”) announces that the ceiling on allowable charges under Section 612(f) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) will increase from $11.00 to $11.50 effective April 3, 2012. The Bureau is required to increase the $8.00 amount referred to in Section 612(f)(1)(A)(i) of the FCRA on January 1 of each year, based proportionally on changes in the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”), with fractional changes rounded to the nearest fifty cents. The CPI increased 40.75 percent between September 1997, the date the FCRA amendments took effect, and September 2011. This increase in the CPI, and the requirement that any increase be rounded to the nearest fifty cents, results in a maximum allowable charge of $11.50.
Effective April 3, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael G. Silver, Counsel, Office of Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 202-435-7700.
Section 612(f)(1)(A) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”) provides that a consumer reporting agency may charge a consumer a reasonable amount for making a disclosure to the consumer pursuant to Section 609 of the FCRA.
Section 612(f)(1)(A)(i) of the FCRA provides that, where a consumer reporting agency is permitted to impose a reasonable charge on a consumer for making a disclosure to the consumer pursuant to Section 609 of the FCRA, the charge shall not exceed $8.00 and shall be indicated to the consumer before making the disclosure. Section 612(f)(2) of the FCRA states that the Bureau shall increase the $8.00 maximum amount on January 1 of each year, based proportionally on changes in the Consumer Price Index, with fractional changes rounded to the nearest fifty cents. In 2011, the responsibility for performing this task was transferred from the Federal Trade Commission to the Bureau pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Section 211(a)(2) of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (“FACT Act”) added a new Section 612(a) to the FCRA that gives consumers the right to request free annual disclosures once every 12 months. The maximum allowable charge established by this notice does not apply to requests made under that provision. The charge does apply when a consumer who orders a file disclosure has already received a free annual disclosure and does not otherwise qualify for an additional free disclosure.
The Bureau is using the $8.00 amount set forth in Section 612(f)(1)(A)(i) of the FCRA as the baseline for its calculation of the increase in the ceiling on reasonable charges for certain disclosures made under Section 609 of the FCRA. Since the effective date of the amended FCRA was September 30, 1997, the Bureau calculated the proportional increase in the Consumer Price Index (using the most general CPI, which is for all urban consumers, all items) from September 1997 to September 2011. The Bureau then determined what modification, if any, from the original base of $8.00 should be made effective for 2012, given the requirement that fractional changes be rounded to the nearest fifty cents.
Between September 1997 and September 2011, the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers and all items increased by 40.75 percent—from an index value of 161.2 in September 1997 to a value of 226.889 in September 2011. An increase of 40.75 percent in the $8.00 base figure would lead to a new figure of $11.26. However, because the statute directs that the resulting figure be rounded to the nearest $0.50, the maximum allowable charge is $11.50. The Bureau therefore determines that the maximum allowable charge for the year 2012 will be $11.50, effective April 3, 2012.
Dated: March 26, 2012.
Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
[FR Doc. 2012-7916 Filed 4-2-12; 8:45 am]
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