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The U.S. Department of Education currently has responsibility for all federally-backed student loans that go into default through its Federal Student Aid unit. In addition to using extensive internal resources to rehabilitate some borrowers, FSA contracts with 22 private collection agencies to help recover the debt. FSA updates the performance of each collection agency in a comprehensive report every month.

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Did the FCC Even Consider the Thousands of Responses to its Rulemaking Proposal?

Last Friday, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a blog entitled “Cutting off Robocalls.” The portion of the piece that has received the most media attention was this: “In regard to the Commission’s expectations that carriers respond to consumers’ blocking requests, I have sent letters to the CEOs of major wireless and […]

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Department of ED Releases New Student Loan Servicing Policies

Yesterday the Department of Education released new policy direction for the servicing of federal student loans. The policies were outlined in a memorandum from U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell to Federal Student Aid (FSA), which will implement the policy directives to strengthen student loan servicing during the ongoing procurement process. According to the announcement, these policies were developed in […]

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Student Debt Series from Reveal and Consumer Reports Highlights Disastrous System of Compound Interest

Reveal – from The Center for Investigative Reporting, has produced a series of articles related to student debt. Who got rich off the student debt crisis – A story about how, by privatizing the student loan program, Congress created a profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that created a kind […]

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F.H. Cann Receives ATO From Department of ED for Student Loan Collections

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – F.H. Cann & Associates, Inc. (FHC) announced this week that it has received an Authorization to Operate (ATO) from the U. S. Department of Education (ED). In a long and competitive process, FHC was awarded an ED contract based upon its significant experience in default collections, superior performance, outstanding customer service and strong […]

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ConServe Submits Thoughtful Response to FCC Request for Comments on TCPA Exception for Government Debts

Last week, ConServe, a leading private collection agency and federal contractor that provides services to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Treasury, filed comments to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking TCPA. The comments were thorough and well-reasoned. Unfortunately, the deck at the FCC is likely stacked against collectors.

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V&K Achieves Federal HUBZone Certification

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 […]

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EFC, NCHER, and SLSA Respond to FCC’s Proposal Restricting Effective Contact to Student Loan Borrowers

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 […]