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Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program … Final Regulations

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/bd-unofficialfinalregs-102716.pdf

Full text of the final regulations (927 pages) designed to protect student loan borrowers and define situations where borrowers qualify for loan forgiveness due to institutional misconduct.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-final-regulations-protect-students-and-taxpayers-predatory-institutions

Press release summarizing the objectives of new rules designed to protect students and clarify the process for loan forgiveness in cases of institutional misconduct.  Includes a link to a summary of the key provisions.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Fact Sheet: The FCC Adopts Order to Give Broadband Consumers Increased Choice Over Their Personal Information

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1027/DOC-341938A1.pdf

Final regulations adopted on a 3-2 vote that require broadband service providers to protect sensitive information of their customers through a system of opt-outs and opt-ins.  The information to be protected includes health information, mobile location data, financial information, Social Security numbers and so on.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/_epaoig_20161020-17-p-0004.pdf

Concludes that EPA had the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect Flint residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015.  The order was not issued until January 2016.  Directs EPA to clarify how its emergency  authority can and should be used to protect the public.  From the Office of the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Enhanced Protections for Air Travelers, Actions to Promote Airline Competition

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-announces-enhanced-protections-air-travelers-actions

Announces executive actions to provide refunds for baggage delays, more accurate on-time performance information, and more transparency in booking flights with online travel services.  From the U.S. Department of Transportation

 

Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.occ.treas.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2016/nr-ia-2016-131a.pdf

Proposed regulation on establishing minimum standards for large financial institutions to protect against and respond to hackers who try to penetrate customer financial accounts.  From the Federal Reserve, FDIC, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

 

The Financial CHOICE Act: Policy Issues

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44631.pdf

Highlights major proposals included in a bill designed to modify or repeal changes to financial policies and regulatory structure brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation Through Community Networks

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/082016_cfpb_Networks_Study_Report.pdf

This report presents recommendations to existing networks to enhance their community’s collaborative efforts to fight financial exploitation of elderly people.  Offers nine specific recommendations.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

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