The latest news from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, last seen here paying $22.3 million to lease temporary office space for two years while its future headquarters undergoes a $145 million renovation:
•A senior attorney at the agency testified to Congress that the bureau has a "pervasive culture of retaliation and intimidation that silences employees and chills the workforce from exposing wrongdoing," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. An investigator brought in to look into the complaints found "exclusion, retaliation, discrimination, nepotism, demoralization, devaluation and other offensive working conditions."
•The 1988 vice presidential candidate of the Socialist Party USA, Ron Ehrenreich, has fetched up as a member of the CFPB's credit union advisory council, the Washington Times reports.
It looks like the bureau, created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation with funding from the Federal Reserve, is well on its way to becoming a regular part of the federal government.