On January 31, the CFPB released its Request for Information (RFI) on administrative adjudications, which solicits public comment on the process for the Bureau to “better understand the benefits and impacts of its use of administrative adjudications, and how its existing process may be improved.” The RFI broadly requests feedback on “all aspects” of the administrative adjudication process but also highlights specific topics on which comment is requested, including (i) whether the Bureau should abandon the process and pursue contested matters only in federal court; (ii) the policy for proceedings to be conducted expeditiously, including the associated timeframes; (iii) whether the Bureau should make documents available to respondents electronically at its own expense; (iv) whether CFPB staff should be permitted to issue subpoenas without approval of the administrative law judge; (v) limitations on expert witnesses; (vi) limitations on discovery, including deposing fact witnesses or servicing interrogatories; and (vii) whether there should be the opportunity to stay a decision of the director pending appeal by filing a supersedeas bond. The RFI is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon and comments will be due 60 days after publication.

This is the second RFI released related to the CFPB’s plan to publish a series of RFIs seeking input on the way the Bureau is performing its statutory obligations. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the CFPB’s first RFI related to Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs).