Education Dept. awards debt collection contract to company tied to DeVos

Source: Danielle Douglas- Gabriel, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

A company that once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of two firms selected by the U.S. Department of Education to help the agency collect overdue student loans.

The decision to award contracts to Windham Professionals and Performant Financial Corp. — the company in which DeVos invested before becoming secretary — arrives a month after a federal judge ordered the department to complete its selection of a loan collector to put an end to a messy court battle.

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