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ABA Banking Journal points to effectiveness of CFPB and RegulationRoom partnership

ABA Banking Journal

The ABA Banking Journal, highlighting CFPB Director Richard Cordray's quote "[Regulation Room] produces a level of engagement that deepens knowledge on both sides, and allows citizens to participate in rulemaking by means of a controlled forum,” underscores the effectiveness of the in soliciting quality comments, especially from individuals who might otherwise not engage in the process.

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CFPB Director Richard Cordray highlights CeRI in speech at ABA

In a April 3 speech to the American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray singled out CeRI’s RegulationRoom project for helping the agency increase the breadth and quality of public participation in important new consumer protection regulations.
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The CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking – Takeaways from the First 1,000 Comments

With the debt collection industry still preparing its coordinated response, the site seems to be used more by consumers than ARM companies. Unlike, it has clear categories to comment in.’s debt collection portal has received 918 comments through December 5.  Comments can be made in one of 10 different topic areas with various sub-topics available to comment on.

Here is a breakdown of the comments so far by topic and sub-topic

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Talk back on debt collection

The Washington Post

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering rules for the debt collection market, but before it writes any new regulations or strengthens those already on the books, the agency wants the public to weigh in on an array of issues involved in debt collection.  Consumers can submit comments at But a far easier place to learn about the issues and problems with debt collection is, which is not a government-run site. Instead, trained students and staff at Cornell Law School run it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working with Cornell to make it simpler for people to submit comments about debt collection.


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Consumer Watchdog Takes Up Debt Collection

The New York Times

If you have had a bad experience with a debt collector, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to hear from you. The bureau said this week it was getting ready to update rules governing how debt collectors may communicate with borrowers.

You can go to, or to, a site operated by Cornell University. The bureau said it expected to accept comments until sometime in February.

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You have a chance to shape debt collection rules: Plain Dealing

Debt collection is about to get shake up – and that’s a good thing for consumers and collectors alike.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it wants to build a better debt collection law - and it wants your help.

Go modern. The CFPB has partnered with Cornell University to make it easier for people to wade through the notice of rulemaking, in which the CFPB lays out its concerns and the questions, and submit comments.

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Your Chance to Weigh in on Debt Collection Practices

The White House Blog

Although the public can submit comments formally in response to the notice at, CFPB wants to make it easier for consumers and small businesses to tell us what they think about debt collection practices. To do that, they’ve partnered with, operated by the Cornell University’s eRulemaking Initiative, where you can provide your comments in an interactive and intuitive way.

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Social Media Could Change the Way Regulators Develop New Rules

The Hill

The federal government is in the middle of a wide-ranging effort that could overhaul the way agencies craft and issue regulations. Opportunities presented by social media could dramatically change the way that regulators develop new rules, potentially opening up the process to broad new sections of the public. CeRI's Professor Cynthia Farina makes a brief cameo in this article, which highlights the federal government's interest in the potential impact of Twitter and other forms of social media on the regulatory process.


Agencies Need to Spread the Word about Rulemaking Process, Report Says


The Federal Register is not effective in spreading the word of impending regulation to most individuals and small entities with a stake in proposed new rules. Even when the story of a proposed rule is picked up by the news media, most articles do little to explain the public comment process, say authors Cynthia Farina, a professor of administration law at Cornell University, and Mary Newhart, executive director of the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative, in a recently released report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

A Global Summer for CeRI

Cornell Law School Spotlight

This summer the researchers of CeRI (the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative) presented work, exchanged ideas, and received honors in a host of fora, both stateside and abroad. The variety of engagements filling CeRI’s dance card reflects the global significance of the initiative’s work to connect citizens and their governments through new technologies.

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