On March 6, the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee held a hearing to consider the need to increase transparency in the financial regulatory system and examine opportunities for reform. According to a committee memorandum, the purpose of the hearing was to examine both (i) “the impact the rules and processes from federal financial agencies . . . have had on financial companies and their customers”; and (ii) “opportunities for reform of these federal financial agencies, with the aim of improving transparency, accountability and due process for regulated persons and entities and their customers.” As explained by Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer in a committee press release following the hearing, “ambiguous guidance, contradictory rules, and aggressive enforcement has led to confusion for financial companies seeking to comply with Dodd-Frank and other Obama-era rules.” And, the Chairman continued, “the greatest impact is on the customers of those financial companies, who in many cases have been left clamoring for access to financial services, and paying more for the ones they’ve been able to retain.”

Four witnesses offered testimony and answered questions before the committee. Read more here.