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ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D)). The Bureau is soliciting comments regarding the information collection requirements relating to the Mortgage Acts and Practices that have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. A copy of the submission may be obtained by contacting the agency contact listed below.

DATES:

Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before May 23, 2012 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by OMB number 3170-0009, by any of the following methods:

  • Agency Contact: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552: (202) 435-7741: CFPB_Public_PRA@cfpb.gov.
  • OMB Reviewer: Shagufta Ahmed, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-7873.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information should be directed to Joseph Durbala, (202) 435-7893, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, (Attention: Joseph Durbala, PRA Office) 1700 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20552, or through the internet at CFPB_Public_PRA@cfpb.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Mortgage Acts and Practices (Regulation N) 12 CFR part 1014.

OMB Number: 3170-0009.

Abstract: The Omnibus Appropriations Act, as clarified by Section 511 of the Credit CARD Act, and as amended by Section 1097 of the Dodd-Frank Act directs the CFPB to issue rules that “relate to unfair or deceptive acts or practices” regarding mortgage loans. Regulation N prohibits misrepresentations about the terms of mortgage credit products in commercial communications and requires that covered persons keep certain related records for a period of twenty-four (24) months from last dissemination. Specifically, Regulation N requires covered persons to retain: (1) Copies of all materially different commercial communications disseminated, including but not limited to sales scripts, training materials, related marketing materials, Web sites, and weblogs; (2) documents describing or evidencing all mortgage credit products available to consumers during the time period in which each commercial communication was disseminated, including but not limited to the names and terms of each such mortgage credit product available to consumers; and (3) documents describing or evidencing all additional products or services (such as credit insurance or credit disability insurance) that are or may be offered or provided with the mortgage credit products available to consumers during the time period in which each commercial communication was disseminated, including but not limited to the names and terms of each such additional product or service available to consumers. A failure to keep such records is a violation of Regulation N. The information that Regulation N requires covered persons to retain is necessary to ensure efficient and effective law enforcement to address deceptive practices that occur in the mortgage advertising area. To gauge whether covered persons are complying with Regulation N or making prohibited misrepresentations, it is necessary to review the commercial communications that were disseminated and the information about the mortgage credit products and relevant additional products or services available during the time period in which each commercial communication was disseminated. Furthermore, a strong recordkeeping provision is necessary to foster effective enforcement of Regulation N.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for profits.

Estimated Number of Responses: 1,300,000.

Estimated Time per Response: 3 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,900,000.

Dated: April 6, 2012.

Chris Willey,

Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

[FR Doc. 2012-9643 Filed 4-20-12; 8:45 am]

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