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The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires the the Department of the Treasury (DOT) to maintain a schedule of private collection agencies (PCAs), which are private sector companies with expertise in the area of debt collection, to assist the government in its debt collection efforts. As part of the Cross-Servicing program (wherein debts owed to government agencies such as the SBA are referred to the DOT for collection) the DOT attempts to collect delinquent debt through several means, including demand letters, telephone calls, the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), administrative wage garnishment, and credit bureau reporting. Once the DOT has at the very least sent a demand letter and possibly tried other collection efforts, the DOT refers debt collection to one of four PCAs. The activities of the PCAs are monitored by the personnel of the Receivables Management and Debt Services Division of Debt Management Services (DMS).
What is a private collection agency? A private collection agency (PCA) is a private sector company specializing in the collection of delinquent debt. A PCA will attempt to find and contact a debtor by searching various databases, making telephone calls, and sending collection letters. Once the debtor is located and contacted, the PCA will encourage the debtor to satisfy the debt. A PCA may help the DOT resolve the debts through negotiating payment in full, a payment agreement, utilizing administrative wage garnishment, or finding that the debt may be resolved administratively. Incredibly, often times dealing with a PCA is more productive than dealing directly with the DOT.
Fiscal Service awards PCA Task Orders. Fiscal Service awards Task Orders to PCAs for debt collection services under a General Services Administration Schedule. Fiscal Services’s current Task Orders to enlist the services of PCA contractors became effective on March 12, 2012. These Task Orders were awarded in order to increase the recovery of and resolve delinquent non-tax federal debts. The Task Orders were awarded for one base year, with four one-year options available. Fiscal Service awarded the following contractors a debt collection Task Order to provide delinquent debt collection services:
The CBE Group, Inc.
Performant Recovery, Inc.
Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc.
PCA regulation. The collection efforts of the PCAs are governed by various federal and state laws, including, but not limited to, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Federal Claims Collection Standards (FCCS), and the Privacy Act. If the first PCA is unable to successfully resolve or collect a debt, the debt is then referred to a second PCA. The PCAs are compensated on a performance basis.
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