On Jan. 27, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a policy statement to announce a new type of guidance called “Compliance Aids”. The policy statement, which is effective Feb. 1, 2020, explains the context of the Compliance Aids. The CFPB already issues compliance resources including small entity compliance guides, instructional guides for disclosure forms, executive summaries, summaries of regulation changes, factsheets, flow charts, compliance checklists, frequently asked questions and summary tables. This new category known as Compliance Aids is intended to be nonbinding, and as such, financial institutions are not required to comply with them. They are to assist in understanding existing rules and regulations, and provide suggestions on how best to comply. However, it will still be possible to comply with a rule or regulation using a method not addressed by the Compliance Aids.
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