New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches website and asks for feedback
The still-forming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- a centerpiece of the overhaul of financial rules enacted last year -- launched its website Thursday, seeking feedback on the agency's creation and priorities.
The beta version of the site, www.consumerfinance.gov, features a section called "Open for Suggestions" that tells people how to send their views via Twitter, YouTube or through an e-mail form.
"We wanted to launch the website for one very important reason, to start a conversation with you," said Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who is helping create the controversial agency as an aide to President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, said in a video welcoming people to the site.
“For the first time in many years, we have the opportunity to create a brand new consumer agency from the ground up,” she continued. “We want to make sure that you are with us all the way while we build it.”
Another interesting feature on the site is a calendar of all of Warren's meetings and the attendees, updated on a monthly basis. It builds off earlier versions of her calendar released by the Treasury Department.
Only December is posted on the consumer bureau site right now. But it allows you to see, for example, that Warren met with Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 and she sat down with Geithner from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 20.
-- Jim Puzzanghera