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Governments of all sizes and locations are owed money. In the U.S. federal government, citizens and businesses typically owe taxes, fines and fees. Consumers can also owe on federally-backed student loans, while businesses can owe on development loans. Several branches of the U.S. government have robust ARM operations, including the IRS and the Department of Education.

On the state and local level, debts to the government can be too many to enumerate. From court fines and fees to sales tax to late parking tickets. An overwhelming majority of U.S. states, and thousands of municipal governments, have used private debt collectors to help recover their debts.

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FCC Releases Rules Limiting Federal Government Debt Collection Calls

Yesterday the FCC released its Final Rules to implement an amendment passed by Congress in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Published two weeks after the CFPB published its Outline of Proposed Rules governing debt collection, we now see the possibility that rules on calls to collect government debt could be more restrictive than calls to collect other types of debt.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Nixes Bill Connected to His Former Business Life in Debt Collection

According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times today, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill last Friday that would have allowed Cook County and Chicago to use third party debt collectors to pursue delinquent tax debts. Evidently, Rauner felt that this would “penalize property owners who are already facing skyrocketing property taxes.” The […]

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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 […]

Debt Buyer PRA Group Acquires Payment Portal eGov Systems

NORFOLK, Va., — PRA Group, Inc.  (PRAA), announced that it has acquired eGov Systems, a provider of web-based payment portals and integrated revenue administration solutions for the government sector. The transaction will allow PRA’s government business to develop and maintain scalable online payment portals, as well as enhance its ability to expand its services and […]

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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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SDVOSB Lien Enforcement Taps Penn Credit for Capital, Infrastructure Support

SAN JOSE, Calif. –  Lien Enforcement, Inc. (LEI), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business based in San Jose, California, is pleased to announce it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Penn Credit Corporation, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, enabling the two firms to cooperate with one another on subcontracting opportunities with Federal Private Collection Agencies (PCAs). The […]

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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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In Sheriff et al. v. Gillie et al. Supreme Court Provides Insight as to Intent and Purpose of the FDCPA

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.