WASHINGTON — The new administration will soon replace Robert Pitofsky as Federal Trade Commission chairman, but his latest remarks on predatory lending and privacy show he does not plan to exit sheepishly.

For months a group of 11 federal agencies has been struggling to define predatory lending and how to use existing laws to combat it. But Mr. Pitofsky’s agency — which has jurisdiction over nonbank financial services companies — has used its current authority to bring 14 lawsuits against lenders since 1998.

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