CFPB: New CFPB Issue Spotlight Examines High Fees that Chip Away at Public Benefits

Recipients of public cash assistance programs can be subjected to inadequate customer service and fees that cut into benefits The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new issue spotlight examining how the financial products used to deliver public benefits, like Social Security and unemployment compensation, affect individuals’ ability to […]

Census Bureau: New Dashboard Released to Explore Impacts of Federal Broadband Investments on Local Communities

The U.S. Census Bureau, in partnership with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today announced the launch of the ACCESS BROADBAND Dashboard. ACCESS BROADBAND stands for Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act. The new data tool shows […]

FHFA: U.S. House Prices Rise 8.4 Percent over the Last Year; Up 0.3 Percent from the Third Quarter 2022

U.S. house prices rose 8.4 percent between the fourth quarters of 2021 and 2022, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (FHFA HPI®). House prices were up 0.3 percent compared to the third quarter of 2022. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for December was down 0.1 percent from November. “House price appreciation […]

HUD and Census Bureau: New Residential Sales Report Issued for January 2023

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for January 2023: New Home SalesSales of new single‐family houses in January 2023 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 670,000, according to estimates released jointly today […]

Agencies Issue 2022 Shared National Credit Program Review

The federal bank regulatory agencies today reported in the 2022 Shared National Credit (SNC) report that credit quality associated with large syndicated bank loans improved in 2022, but  noted the results do not fully reflect increasing interest rates and softening economic conditions that began to impact borrowers in the second […]

Census Bureau: New National Experimental Data Product About Wellbeing Released

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the first set of estimates from the National Experimental Wellbeing Statistics (NEWS) project, an experimental data product that uses a new methodology to calculate income and poverty estimates. The NEWS project is a research-driven trial with the aim of looking at different ways to enhance how […]

CFPB: New Report Finds One-Third Decline in Collections Items on Consumer Credit Reports

Report underscores ongoing concerns about accuracy of collections data, particularly with respect to medical debt Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report examining trends in credit reporting of debt in collections from 2018 to 2022. The report found the total number of collections tradelines on credit reports […]

Census Bureau: Census Open Innovation Labs to Host The Opportunity Project Summit 2023

 Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau brings together cross-sector collaborators during The Opportunity Project (TOP) Summit to solve some of the world’s major data and technology challenges. TOP is led by the Census Bureau’s Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL). The program engages government, technologists, and communities to create digital products using federal open data […]

Census Bureau: 2022 Economic Census of Businesses Underway

Today the U.S. Census Bureau announced the beginning of data collection for the 2022 Economic Census. Businesses across the nation will begin receiving invitations to respond online to the economic census and will have until March 15 to submit their responses. The economic census is the U.S. government’s official 5-year […]