Federally-Backed Debts Now Exempt from TCPA Restrictions

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, recently signed into law by President Obama, includes a significant amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) regarding the collection of federally-backed debt. The amendment, effective November 2, 2015, specifically exempts calls made “solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States.” It amends 47 U.S.C.227(b) to exempt …