H.R. 979 (99th): A bill to amend section 3718 of title 31, United States Code, to authorize contracts retaining private counsel to furnish legal services in the case of indebtedness owed the United States.

Introduced:
Feb 06, 1985 (99th Congress, 1985–1986)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Jim Moody
Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Related Bills
H.R. 6218 (98th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 11, 1984

H.R. 5541 (Related)
A bill to amend section 3718 of title 31, United States Code, to authorized ...

Passed House
Last Action: Sep 29, 1986

 
Status

This bill was introduced on February 6, 1985, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Feb 06, 1985
Referred to Committee Feb 06, 1985
 
Summary

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Cosponsors
66 cosponsors (37D, 29R) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

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Library of Congress Summary

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2/6/1985--Introduced.
Authorizes the Attorney General to make contracts retaining private counsel to furnish legal services in the case of any claim of indebtedness owed the United States. Requires the Attorney General, in making such a contract in any judicial district, to use his best efforts to obtain at least four contracts for legal services with private individuals or firms in such district.
Prohibits the fee payable for such legal services from exceeding the fee typically charged in the area for the collection of claims of indebtedness.
Permits the head of an executive or legislative agency to refer to a private counsel so retained any claims of indebtedness owed the United States arising out of such agency's activities.
Declares that for the purposes of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a private counsel performing collection services under this Act shall be considered a debt collector.
Sets forth the procedure for filing counterclaims.
Requires the Attorney General to transmit to the Congress an annual report on the activities of the Department of Justice to recover such indebtedness.
Requires the Comptroller General to carry out an annual audit of the actions taken by the Attorney General pursuant to this Act during the preceding two years.
Requires the Comptroller General to determine the extent to which there is competition among private counsel to obtain contracts pursuant to this Act, the reasonableness of the fees provided in such contracts, and the results of the debt collection efforts.
Requires a report to the Congress on the findings and conclusions resulting from such audit.
Requires the Attorney General to transmit to the Congress a report on the actions taken under this Act within 180 days after the date of enactment.

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