News Release 2007-129 | November 29, 2007

Agencies Issue Proposed Rules and Guidelines that Address Accuracy and Integrity of Consumer Report Information and Rules to Allow Direct Disputes

Joint Release

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Trade Commission, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision

WASHINGTON — The federal financial regulatory agencies and the Federal Trade Commission (the Agencies) have approved proposed regulations and guidelines to help ensure the accuracy and integrity of information provided to consumer reporting agencies and to allow consumers to directly dispute inaccuracies with financial institutions and other entities that furnish information to consumer reporting agencies. This information is widely used to determine eligibility for credit, employment, insurance and rental housing.

The proposal would implement section 312 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, which amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

As required by section 312, the Agencies are proposing guidelines for use by entities that furnish information about consumers to a consumer reporting agency regarding the accuracy and integrity of the information that they furnish. The Agencies are also proposing regulations that would require each entity that furnishes information to a consumer reporting agency to establish reasonable policies and procedures for implementing the guidelines.

Additionally, the proposed rules would allow consumers to dispute inaccuracies about certain information reflected on their consumer reports directly with the furnishers of that information.

The proposed rules and guidelines are attached. The proposal will soon be published in the Federal Register and the comment period will end 60 days thereafter.

Media Contacts:

Federal ReserveSusan Stawick(202) 452-2955
FDICDavid Barr(202) 898-6992
FTCFrank Dorman(202) 326-2674
NCUACherie Umbel(703) 518-6330
OCCDean DeBuck(202) 874-5770
OTSWilliam Ruberry(202) 906-6677

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