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Title 5Chapter ISubchapter BPart 581Subpart A → §581.103


Title 5: Administrative Personnel
PART 581—PROCESSING GARNISHMENT ORDERS FOR CHILD SUPPORT AND/OR ALIMONY
Subpart A—Purpose and Definitions


§581.103   Moneys which are subject to garnishment.

(a) For the personal service of a civilian employee obligor:

(1)   Saved pay;

(2)   Retained pay;

(3)   Night differentials;

(4)   Sunday and holiday premium pay;

(5)   Overtime pay;

(6) Standby duty pay, administratively uncontrollable overtime pay, and availability pay;

(7)   Environmental differentials;

(8)   Hazardous duty pay;

(9)   Tropical differentials;

(10)   Recruitment incentives, recruitment and relocation bonuses and retention allowances;

(11)   Equalization allowance;

(12)   Any payment in consideration of accrued leave;

(13)  Severance pay;

(14)   Sick pay;

(15)   Physicians comparability allowances;

(16)  Special pay for physicians and dentists;

(17)   Amounts paid pursuant to a personal services contract where the contractor recipient performed the services and received the payments in the capacity as a Federal employee;

(18)   Merit pay;

(19)   Incentive pay;

(20)   Cash awards, including performance-based cash awards;

(21)   Agency and Presidential incentive awards (except where such award is for making a suggestion);

(22)   Senior Executive Service rank and performance awards;

(23)   Moneys due for the services of a deceased employee obligor, including:

(i) Overtime or premium pay;

(ii) Amounts due as refunds of pay deductions for United States savings bonds;

(iii) Payments for accumulated and current accrued annual or vacation leave as provided for in section 5581 of title 5 of the United States Code;

(iv) Retroactive pay as provided for in section 5344(b)(2) of title 5 of the United States Code; and

(v) Amounts of checks drawn for moneys due which were not delivered by the governmental entity to the employee obligor prior to the employee obligor's death or which were not negotiated and returned to the governmental entity because of the death of the employee obligor, except those moneys due that are listed in §581.104(i);

(24) Locality-based comparability payments or continued rate adjustments;

(25)   Staffing differentials;

(26)   Supervisory differentials;

(27) Special pay adjustments for law enforcement officers in selected cities;

(28) Advances in pay; and

(29) Voluntary separation incentive payments.

(b)  For the personal service of an obligor in the uniformed services of the United States:

(1) Basic pay (including service academy cadet and midshipmen pay);

(2)  Special pay (including enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses);

(3)  Lump sum reserve bonus;

(4)  Continuation pay for physicians and dentists;

(5)  Special pay for physicians, dentists, optometrists, and veterinarians;

(6)  Incentive pay;

(7)  Variable incentive pay;

(8)  Inactive duty training pay;

(9)  Administrative duty pay;

(10)  Academy official pay (other than personal money allowances);

(11)  Any payments made in consideration of accrued leave (basic pay portion only);

(12)  Readjustment pay;

(13)  Disability retired pay;

(14) Severance pay (including disability severance pay);

(15) Cash awards (NOAA Corps);

(16) Special separation benefits; and

(17) Voluntary separation incentives.

(c) For obligors generally:

(1) Periodic benefits, including a periodic benefit as defined in section 428(h)(3) of title 42 of the United States Code, title II of the Social Security Act, to include a benefit payable in a lump sum if it is commutation of, or a substitute for, periodic payments; or other payments to these individuals under the programs established by subchapter II of chapter 7 of title 42 of the United States Code (Social Security Act); and payments under chapter 9 of title 45 of the United States Code (Railroad Retirement Act) or any other system, plan, or fund established by the United States (as defined in section 662(a) of title 42 of the United States Code) which provides for the payment of:

(i) Pensions;

(ii) Retirement benefits;

(iii) Retired/retainer pay;

(iv) Annuities; and

(v) Dependents' or survivors' benefits when payable to the obligor;

(2) Refunds of retirement contributions where an application has been filed;

(3) Amounts received under any federal program for compensation for work injuries; and

(4) Benefits received under the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

(5) Compensation for death under any federal program, including death gratuities authorized under 5 U.S.C. 8133(f); 5 U.S.C. 8134(a); Pub. L. 103-332, section 312; and Pub. L. 104-208, section 651.

(6) Any payment under any federal program established to provide “black lung” benefits;

(7) Any payment by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as compensation for a service-connected disability paid by the Secretary to a former member of the Armed Forces who is in receipt of retired or retainer pay if the former member has waived either the entire amount or a portion of the retired or retainer pay in order to receive such compensation. In such cases, only that part of the Department of Veterans Affairs payment that is in lieu of the waived retired pay or waived retainer pay is subject to garnishment.

[45 FR 85667, Dec. 30, 1980, as amended at 48 FR 26279, June 7, 1983; 55 FR 1356, Jan. 16, 1990; 56 FR 36723, Aug. 1, 1991; 58 FR 35846, July 2, 1993; 59 FR 66154, Dec. 23, 1994; 61 FR 3544, Feb. 1, 1996; 63 FR 14758, Mar. 26, 1998]

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