LAWRENCE, Mass. – Valentine & Kebartas, LLC (V&K), based in Lawrence, MA, today announced it has achieved Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certification through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to Federal procurement opportunities. The program was enacted into law as part […]
In a unanimous decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court held that private attorneys hired by the Ohio Attorney General to collect debts owed to state agencies were “state officers” otherwise exempt from portions of the FDCPA, and that even if the private attorney didn’t have “state officer” status, using Ohio AG letterhead did not violate the FDCPA.
Washington, DC — Friday evening, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law by President Obama in November, amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). While the legislation applies to calls “solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United […]
On Friday, May 6, 2016 the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the use of an Automated Telephone Dialing System when contacting consumers via cell phone about debts owed to or guaranteed by the government – such as student loans, mortgages and taxes. In our opinion, the proposed rules miss the mark on many fronts.
Performant Financial Corporation (PFMT), yesterday announced financial results for first quarter ending March 31, 2016. The company also hosted a conference call to discuss the results. PFMT is one of the few publicly traded companies in the ARM space. The company has also historically been one of the Department of Education’s (ED) top performing private […]
COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. – HS Financial Group, LLC (HSF) and Fed Cetera are pleased to announce that HSF has won Fed Cetera’s Robert J. Prince Award for outstanding performance as a subcontractor on the Department of Education’s (ED) Private Collection Agency (PCA) contract. The award is given by Fed Cetera to a small business subcontractor whose exceptional […]
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – As the buzz around the insideARM 2016 Larger Market Participant Summit grows, conference registrants and those considering registering who have interests in government and higher education markets should consider the breakout session entitled Best Practices in Gov’t & Higher Ed Contracting Compliance: A New Era in “Getting it Right.” This session […]
The Silver case is important to the entire ARM industry for a number of reasons. Any positive decision in a TCPA case is a good decision and should be reviewed. However, the case is especially important to that segment of the ARM industry that collects on federal government-backed student loans.
Private collection agencies have played a critical role in sustaining the Federal Student Loan programs for the past 40 years. Whether in support of the over 2,000 colleges and universities managing Federal Campus programs for their students, or the U.S. Department of Education and its guaranty agency partners, private collection agencies (PCAs) provide valuable assistance […]
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Pamela Gillie, et al. (Plaintiff), v. Law Office of Eric A. Jones, LLC, et al. (Defendant). This is the first case in ten years regarding the FDCPA to be heard by the highest court, Ohio state officials are looking to overturn a […]