Administrative Wage Garnishment Background
Administrative Wage Garnishment (AWG) is a debt collection process that allows a federal agency to order a non-federal employer to withhold up to 15 percent of an employee's disposable income to pay a nontax delinquent debt owed to the agency.
(Not an individual? Click for administrative wage garnishment information for employers or for federal agencies.)
You may request a hearing if you believe that you do not owe the debt, disagree with the amount that the government claims you owe, or if the proposed garnishment would cause a financial hardship. If you are claiming financial hardship, a financial statement with supporting documentation must be submitted with the hearing request form (received with the notice letter, or downloaded below).