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Treasury Offset Program

Frequently Asked Questions for Federal Agencies

The Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 requires any federal agency that is owed a debt that is over 180 days delinquent must notify Treasury of the debt for purposes of administrative offset (withholding). The administrative offset program in Treasury is known as the Treasury Offset Program.

The disbursing officials of Treasury, Defense, Postal Service, Army Corps of Engineers or any other government corporation, or any other disbursing official designated by the Secretary of the Treasury, shall conduct administrative offset.

Last modified 05/02/18