IRS REHIRES PRIVATE COLLECTORSWashington, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has decided to renew the contracts of two companies involved in its controversial private debt collection program.

The two firms — Pioneer Credit Recovery and CBE Group — began doing collection work for the IRS in 2006. The private collection program has received criticism from privacy advocates, federal employee unions and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.

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