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To accomplish our objectives, we reviewed materials detailing relevant background on the CFPB, such as title X of the Dodd-Frank Act, several Congressional Research Service studies that describe the CFPB's formation and structure,18 and the agency's strategic plan for fiscal years 2013-2017. We also reviewed controlling documents addressing the CFPB's supervision process and integrated approach, including the agency's examination manual and its examination support policy. In addition, we obtained background information on the supervision and enforcement approaches employed by other federal financial regulatory agencies. To understand industry perspectives on the integrated approach, we compiled and reviewed articles19 published by financial services media outlets as well as correspondence from an industry group.20 We reviewed a report published by the CFPB's Ombudsman's Office that describes the agency's implementation of the integrated approach, and we met with the Ombudsman to discuss this effort.
We evaluated the CFPB's execution of the integrated approach by judgmentally selecting a sample of eight closed CFPB examinations of depository or nondepository institutions in which enforcement attorneys participated. This sample included two examinations from each of the CFPB's four regions. We reviewed supervisory materials for the sample examinations, such as scope memorandums and supervisory letters, and interviewed the field manager, the EIC, and the enforcement attorney assigned to those examinations.21 We also conducted interviews with each of the four CFPB regional directors as well as senior officials within SEFL.
We conducted our fieldwork from February 2013 through August 2013 and performed our evaluation in accordance with the Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation issued by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency in January 2012.