U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Feb 29, 2024
For purposes of this subpart, terms are defined as follows—
Act means the Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966 as amended by the Debt Collection Act of 1982 and implemented by 4 CFR 101.1 et seq., the Federal Claims Collection Standards (FCCS).
Administrative offset means withholding money payable from the Fund to satisfy a debt to the United States under 31 U.S.C. 3716.
Agency means (a) an Executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, including the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Postal Rate Commission; (b) a military department, as defined in section 102 of title 5, United States Code; (c) an agency or court in the judicial branch, including a court as defined in section 610 of title 28, United States Code, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; (d) an agency of the legislative branch, including the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives; and (e) other independent establishments that are entities of the Federal Government.
Annuitant has the same meaning as in section 8331(9) of title 5, United States Code.
Annuity means the monthly benefit payable to an annuitant or survivor annuitant.
Compromise has the same meaning as in 4 CFR part 103.
Consent means the debtor has agreed in writing to administrative offset after receiving notice of all rights under 31 U.S.C. 3716 and this subpart.
Creditor agency means the agency to which the debt is owed.
Debt means an amount owed to the United States on account of loans insured or guaranteed by the United States, and other amounts due the United States from fees, duties, leases, rents, royalties, services, sales of real or personal property, overpayments, fines, penalties, damages, interests, taxes, forfeitures, etc.
Debt claim means an agency request for recovery of a debt in a form approved by OPM.
Debtor means a person who owes a debt, including an employee, former employee, Member, former Member, or the survivor of one of these individuals.
Employee has the same meaning as in section 8331(1) of title 5, United States Code, and includes reemployed annuitants and employees of the U.S. Postal Service.
Fraud claim means any debt designated by the Attorney General (or designee) as involving an indication of fraud, the presentation of a false claim, or misrepresentation on the part of the debtor or any other party having an interest in the claim.
Fund means the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund established under 5 U.S.C. 8348.
Lump-sum credit has the same meaning as in section 8331(8) of title 5, United States Code.
Member has the same meaning as in section 8331(2) of title 5, United States Code.
Net annuity means annuity after excluding amounts required by law to be deducted. For example, Federal income tax is excluded up to the maximum amount that the individual is entitled to for all dependents. Other examples of exclusions are group health insurance premiums (including amounts deducted for Medicare) and group life insurance premiums.
Paying agency means the agency that employs the debtor and authorizes the disbursement of his or her current pay account.
Refund means the payment of a lump-sum credit to an individual who meets all requirements for payment and files application for it.