H. R. 3705
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 7, 2017
Ms. Pingree introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to require the use of certified mail and plain language in certain debt collection activities.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017.
Use of certified mail and plain language required in certain debt collection activities
Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall amend section 1.911 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, to require that certified mail be used to send any of the following:
A written demand from the Secretary to a debtor under subsection (b) of such section.
A request for a waiver from a debtor to the Secretary under subsection (c)(2) of such section.
A notification from the Secretary to a debtor under subsection (d) or (e) of such section.
Plain language required
The Secretary shall write the following in plain language:
Any demand described in subsection (a)(1), which shall include an explanation of why the debtor owes money to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any notification described in subsection (a)(3), which shall include options available to the debtor.