Summary: H.R.864 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/03/2017)

Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act of 2017

This bill amends the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to apply that Act's restrictions to collectors of debt owed to a federal agency.

A federal agency that is a creditor may not sell or transfer a debt to a debt collector until 90 days after the obligation becomes delinquent or defaults. Specified notice to the consumer of such a sale or transfer is required.

A collector of debt owed to a federal agency may not collect any interest, fee, charge, or expense that is: (1) unreasonable in relation to actual costs, (2) not authorized by a contract between the debt collector and the federal agency, or (3) greater than 10% of the amount collected.

The Government Accountability Office shall study and report to Congress on the use of debt collectors by federal, state, and local government agencies.