Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments

Docket ID: SSA-2010-0017
Agency: Social Security Administration (SSA)
Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB, and OPM (Agencies) are jointly issuing an interim final rule with request for public comment to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two-month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to a "protected amount" equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
RIN: 0960-AH18
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.1821,20 CFR 416.534
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Spring 2013
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 42 USC 405(a), 42 USC 405(n), 42 USC 407, 42 USC 920(a)(5), 42 USC 909(a), ...
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal, State
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM04/19/201075 FR 20299
NPRM Comment Period End06/18/2010
Interim Final Rule02/23/201176 FR 9939
Interim Final Rule Effective05/01/2011
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End05/24/2011
Final Rule05/29/201378 FR 32099
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Short Title: Garnishment of Accounts
Keyword(s): Garnishment, Federal Benefit Payments
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
May 24, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 02/23/2011
ID: SSA-2010-0017-0065
Comment Period Closed
Jun 18, 2010 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/19/2010
ID: SSA-2010-0017-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 05/29/2013
ID: SSA-2010-0017-0073

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Agency Contact
Craig Ormson
410 965-5621
Office of the General Counsel, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
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