FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 19, 2015; National Consumer Law Center || Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund || Bank On
New Report Documents How Account Screening Consumer Reporting Agencies Impede Banking Access for Millions
Report Details Key Reforms for Both Industry and Regulatory Leaders
WASHINGTON, D.C. – While a lack of financial education is often cited as the key reason tens of millions of people across the country don't have bank or credit union accounts, in fact, millions are shut out from the mainstream banking system because of a small group of little-known companies who manage databases used by financial institutions to determine whether or not to allow a consumer to open an account. A new report released today by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) entitled "Account Screening Consumer Reporting Agencies: A Banking Access Perspective" outlines the tremendous and deeply flawed role that "account screening consumer reporting agencies" (CRAs) play in determining whether consumers can obtain an account. The report raises concerns about these companies, financial institutions' use of their reports, and offers solutions both for industry leaders and regulators.