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VA Updates Agreement With FTC to Protect Veterans From Fraud

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Trade Commission renewed an agreement to address acts of fraud against military servicemen, veterans and their dependents on education benefits and services.

The renewed agreement presents a cooperative framework to guide investigations and actions against organizations attempting to deceive servicemen with false education advertising, FTC said Friday. The agreement lays out how the VA's director of education service would issue referrals to the FTC for investigations. The director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection would then assess the referral and decide on what action to take.

Upon the need for investigation, a team of FTC-based investigators would evaluate referred institutions and submit preliminary findings to the VA.

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