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GOVERNMENTAFFAIRS

Will Operation Choke Point Rise Again?
A better question might be: Did it ever die?
By Leah Dempsey

W

ith President Joe Biden's
administration falling into
place, there has been a lot of
speculation about whether Operation
Choke Point will become widespread
once again. Many of the same names and
faces from the Obama era are back in the
mix in Washington, D.C., which leads to
questions about whether the same activity
might occur.

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In Operation Choke Point, the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
and U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) reportedly applied pressure
to financial institutions to cut off
financial services to certain licensed,
legally operating industries.
Although the Obama-era program
ostensibly ended over the past several
years when bank regulators reversed

course, ACA International members have
continued to report one-off problems
with terminations based solely on
being a member of the debt collection
industry. Throughout this time, ACA
has continued to work with Congress
to highlight concerns about unfair
terminations and recently saw some
positive movement from the Office
of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC).

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