Sarbanes Statement on Recent GAO Report about Trump Education Department’s Failure to Administer Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

September 28, 2018
CONTACT: Daniel Jacobs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that documents a series of failures by the Trump Administration to implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which provides student loan debt relief to our nation’s public servants, who make tremendous contributions to American communities for far less compensation than their private-sector counterparts:

“The findings contained in the GAO’s recently released report represent one more example of the Trump Administration’s hostility toward our nation’s public servants.

“Under the leadership of Secretary DeVos, the Trump Education Department has found numerous ways to undermine the bipartisan PSLF program by failing to provide clear, consistent and accurate information to borrowers and loan servicers. They have pulled every possible clerical trick and administrative gimmick to derail this important program – one that many of our nation’s teachers, public defenders, social workers, service members and community health care workers rely on and deserve.

“Secretary DeVos and the Trump Education Department must consider the GAO’s straightforward recommendations and end the widespread confusion and ambiguity they’ve created around the PSLF program. They must ensure that our nation’s public servants receive the loan forgiveness benefits they have earned.”

Congressman Sarbanes authored the bill that created the PSLF program, which became law as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in 2007. He remains a fierce advocate for the PSLF program in Congress, and has worked closely with Democrats on the Committee on Education and the Workforce to protect and strengthen this vital program.