On February 25, the CFPB released a fact sheet outlining its policy priorities over the next two years. The document lists the following nine near-term priority goals: (i) arbitration; (ii) consumer reporting; (iii) debt collection; (iv) demand side consumer behavior; (v) household balance sheets; (vi) mortgages; (vii) open-use credit; (viii) small business lending; and (ix) student lending. Regarding arbitration, the CFPB noted that it “will continue the rulemaking process and propose a rule consistent with its study that will further enable consumers to effectuate their rights and hold institutions accountable for unlawful conduct.” With respect to consumer reporting, the CFPB will focus on issues surrounding the accuracy of consumer reporting and institutions’ dispute resolution processes. In the debt collection space, the CFPB plans to initiate rulemakings on debt collector conduct (including issues relating to the substantiation of consumer debt and the disclosure of information to consumers) while simultaneously pursuing rigorous supervision and enforcement activity to ensure industry compliance. Regarding demand side consumer behavior, the CFPB will focus on financial education for consumers. With respect to household balance sheets, the CFPB will conduct research and data analysis on household financial health and decision making. For mortgages, the CFPB will focus on the implementation of existing rules as well as the supervision and enforcement of issues relating to equal and fair access to credit. In the open-use credit space, the CFPB plans to conduct small-dollar, installment lending, and overdraft market rulemakings while conducting complementary supervision and enforcement work to support its new rules. Regarding small business lending, the CFPB will (i) build a small lending team that will begin conducting research and outreach for a small business lending rulemaking; (ii) employ its consumer response team to build infrastructure to analyze small business complaints; and (iii) examine small business lenders for fair lending compliance. Finally, with respect to student lending, the CFPB will work on servicer alignment as well as supervision and enforcement of servicers’ legal obligations. In addition to these nine priority areas, the CFPB also indicated that it plans to continue to focus on well-established and ongoing work streams, such as fair lending oversight of indirect auto lenders and its rulemaking on prepaid cards.