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Consumer Bureau Lifts Freeze on Payments to Crime Victims

07 December 2017

It says Mulvaney doesn't like the bureau's existence and is trying to minimize it.

Relying on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the CFPB in 2010, English became acting director when her predecessor, Richard Cordray announced his resignation on November 15.

Turmoil at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ongoing almost two weeks after President Donald Trump moved to place Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the independent agency.

Several staffers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have formed a resistance group they've named "Dumbledore's Army", The New York Times reported Wednesday. On Nov. 27, he ordered an immediate halt to numerous agency's operations, including hiring, contracting and payments from its civil penalties fund, which compensates victims of financial crimes.

Since arriving at the CFPB, Mulvaney has implemented a hiring freeze and suspended all new regulations for 30 days. That drew a rebuke from two Senate Democrats, who sent a letter calling the move "inexplicable". Mulvaney has always been a critic of the six-year-old agency and its leadership structure, endowed with a single director rather than a commission.

Some actions will move forward while others remain on hold as Mulvaney's team gets more details on each case, depending on what stage they are in.

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The case brought by Ms. English's reply to Mulvaney's motion will be due December 20. "That is going to be part of the longest transition process here", Mulvaney said.

English's challenge, which remains ongoing despite having failed to get a court order that would keep her in office, hinges on confusion about which law controls the issue of succession at the CFPB. Mr. Mulvaney said he had no interest in firing her.

English, represented by Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC, filed an amended complaint requesting a "preliminary and permanent injunction" to block the Trump administration's designation of White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as the CFPB's acting director.

That review would include the agency's structure, funding, and staffing, he said.

A version of this article appears in print on, on Page B3 of the NY edition with the headline: Crime Victims To Get Money Once Frozen.

Consumer Bureau Lifts Freeze on Payments to Crime Victims