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December 16, 1991 | Anne Michaud, free-lance writer
A report by accountants Coopers & Lybrand estimated that the federal government could save one in every five dollars it spends--or about $100 billion a year--with improved management. An appealing idea, but is it practical? Since 1988, Countess Pease Jeffries, an Irvine lawyer, has been participating in a pilot program that is designed to streamline one area of government--debt collection--by handing it over to private lawyers.
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December 16, 1991 | Anne Michaud, free-lance writer
A report by accountants Coopers & Lybrand estimated that the federal government could save one in every five dollars it spends--or about $100 billion a year--with improved management. An appealing idea, but is it practical? Since 1988, Countess Pease Jeffries, an Irvine lawyer, has been participating in a pilot program that is designed to streamline one area of government--debt collection--by handing it over to private lawyers.
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July 30, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
To most lawyers, debt collection is a lot like cleaning the garage: It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. The field is a high-volume practice that doesn't pay anywhere near six-figure fees. Most cases are about as exciting as a past-due telephone bill. And those lawyers who do it would probably lose a popularity contest to an IRS auditor.
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