Smaller Firms Could Escape Scrutiny in CFPB Enforcement Shakeup

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s reorganization of its enforcement and supervision unit could mean less oversight of small firms such as payday lenders and debt collectors

The CFPB’s enforcement office has since its 2011 inception had the power to initiate its own investigations and research matters into financial companies. But a reorganization announced inside the bureau Oct. 14 means that CFPB enforcement attorneys may lose that power and would have to rely on agency supervisors to send them cases.