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Select Examples of NCHER’s Advocacy Work (Grouped by Issue Area)

  • Developed and distributed fact sheets on guaranty agencies, loan services, and collection agencies.
  • Developed and distributed position papers on the organization’s legislative priorities during the Fall Fly-In and NCHER 2016 Legislative Conference.
  • Met with more than 60 House and Senate offices, including staff of members on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to educate them on the student loan industry and in support of the membership’s legislative priorities to reform the Higher Education Act.
  • Provided recommended legislative language to the House Education and the Workforce Committee in support of reforming the preferred lender list requirements.
  • Provided feedback to the House Education and the Workforce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the Repay Act of 2015.
  • Provided questions for the record to the House Education and the Workforce Committee addressed to then-Acting Education Secretary John B. King, Jr.
  • NCHER’s Senior Vice President Timothy Fitzgibbon testified at the CFPB field hearing on student loan servicing in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Letter to the CFPB in response to its Request for Information related to the market for student loan servicing.
  • Submitted testimony for the record before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in support of full funding for the Department of Education’s student loan servicing activities.
  • Letter to the Department of Education recommending additional items for inclusion in its report on the wind-down of the Federal Family Education Loan Program, as mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
  • Letter to the Department of Education commenting on rules amending the cash management regulations.
  • Letter to the Department of Education on its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to develop regulations on determining which acts or omissions of an institution of higher education may be asserted as a defense to repayment.
  • Letter to the Department of Education providing comments on the proposed Enterprise Complaint System.
  • Met with more than 40 House and Senate offices, including staff of members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to educate them on the student loan industry and in support of the implementation of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
  • Met with the FCC, including its Bureau of Consumer and Governmental Affairs and staff of all five Commissioners, OMB, the Department of Education, including FSA, and the Department of Treasury on the implementation of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
  • Led industry letter (with EFC and SLSA) to the FCC providing additional background on how student loans are different than other debts and the importance of borrower communications in pre-default servicing in advance of proposed rules implementing the language included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
  • Led industry letter (with EFC, SLSA, NASFAA, COHEAO, and NACUBO) to the FCC in support of reforms to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Letter to the House and Senate in support of H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which will remove barriers that prevent loan servicers and collectors from assisting struggling student loan borrowers.
  • Letter (with EFC and SLSA) to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in opposition to the HANGUP Act.
  • Compiled recommendations for the FY2017 appropriations bill for use by NCHER and its members.
  • Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee, House Appropriations Committee, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of extending the authority for Account Maintenance Fees past September 30, 2016.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of language promoting small business contracting opportunities.
  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee in support of providing 100 reinsurance payments on default claims.
  • Letter to the Senate Finance Committee in support of S. 335, which would expand, modernize, and strengthen tax-free 529 college savings plans.
  • Filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in support of USA Funds’ position in the case Bible v. USA Funds.
  • Letter to the Department of Education raising serious concern with the July 10, 2015, Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-15-14) regarding “Repayment Agreements and Liability for Collection Costs on FFELP Loans.”

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