Regulatory Issues Top-of-Mind for Conclusion of Fly-In

ACA members and staff wrap successful legislative and regulatory meetings in Washington, D.C. focused on the association’s advocacy efforts with the CFPB, FCC and Congress.

5/16/2019 2:00 PM


ACA International members packed the room in Washington Thursday when Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O’Rielly took the podium to provide updates on various issues such as potential policies related to call blocking and labeling, safe harbors and robocalls.

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Before an engaged crowd, O’Rielly fielded questions related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and seemed to chuckle when one member asked for the definition of an ATDS.

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O’Rielly’s presentation was one of the last events of the 2019 Washington Insights Fly-In which featured about 120 meetings between ACA members and members of Congress. Among other highlights, members were presented with great opportunities to discuss the recently released Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed debt collection rules as well as TCPA concerns, the TRACED act and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.

In addition to Capitol Hill meetings, Leah Dempsey, ACA’s senior counsel and vice president, federal advocacy, led a delegation including ACA CEO Mark Neeb, ACA Board President Jack W. Brown III, and members Brian Watkins and Elizabeth Kersey to a meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of Treasury. And later in the afternoon Wednesday, Karen Scheibe Eliason, vice president and senior counsel, led members Leslie Bender, Candye Daughhetee, Irene Hoheusle and Chris Coffman in a meeting with the FCC.

Thank you to our event sponsors including title sponsor VoApps DirectDrop Voicemail , technology sponsor Solutions by Text , opening reception sponsor Ballard Spahr , and lunch sponsor Kaulkin Ginsberg . To become an sponsor for future events, email Vice President of Operations Ted Smith or call (952) 259-2107. 

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ACA members packed into the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday as featured speaker FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly fielded questions during his 30-minute presentation. Industry veteran Irene Hoheusle (center), vice president of collections and education at Account Recovery Specialists Inc. in Wichita, Kansas, asked Commissioner O’Rielly several questions about a recent FCC declaratory rule on call blocking and labeling as her peers listen attentively.

ACA International CEO Mark Neeb, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, ACA Board Member Rick Perr, partner at Fineman, Krekstein, Harris, P.C., Jay Gonsalves, IFCCE, MCE, president at Action Collection Agencies Inc., and ACA Board President Jack Brown III, president at Gulf Coast Collection Bureau at the 2019 Washington Insights Fly-In.

Check out more photos from the event below. Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using #WashingtonInsightsFlyIn19.

Elizabeth Benefield, compliance officer at Professional Recovery Consultants, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, listens to speakers in D.C.
Brian Watkins, CCAE, president of Southern Oregon Credit Service Inc., ACA International Board President Jack Brown III and CEO Mark Neeb visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury
ACA International Board President Jack Brown III, CEO Mark Neeb, and Brian Watkins, CCAE, president of Southern Oregon Credit Service Inc. visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Kansas Collector Association members Irene Hoheusle, Candye Daughhetee and Chris Coffman met with senior level personnel in the offices of U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R Kansas, and Pat Roberts, R Kansas
Karen Scheibe Eliason, ACA's vice president and senior counsel, led a discussion about call blocking and labeling, TCPA and illegal robocalls Thursday during the Washington Insights Fly In.
ACA members packed into the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday as featured speaker FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly fielded questions during his 30 minute presentation.

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