Salary offset will not be made unless the employee receives 30 calendar days written notice. The notice of intent to offset salary (notice of intent) will state:
(a) That FCIC has reviewed the records relating to the debt and has determined that the debt is owed, and has verified the amount of the debt, and the facts giving rise to the debt;
(b) That FCIC intends to deduct an amount not to exceed 15% of the employees current disposable salary until the debt and all accumulated interest are paid in full;
(c) The amount, frequency, approximate beginning date, and duration of the intended deductions;
(d) An explanation of the requirements concerning interest, penalties, and administrative costs, including a statement that these assessments will be made unless waived in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3717 and 7 CFR 3.34;
(e) That FCIC's records concerning the debt are available to the employee for inspection and that the employee may request a copy of such records;
(f) That the employee has a right to voluntarily enter into a written agreement with FCIC for a repayment schedule with FCIC, which may be different from that proposed by FCIC, if the terms of the repayment agreement are agreed to by FCIC;
(g) That the employee has the right to a hearing conducted by an Administrative Law Judge of USDA, or a hearing official not under the control of USDA, concerning the determination of the debt, the amount of the debt, or the percentage of disposable salary to be deducted each pay period, if the petition for a hearing is filed by the employee as prescribed by FCIC;
(h) The method and time period allowable for a petition for a hearing;
(i) That the timely filing of a hearing petition will stay the offset collection proceedings;
(j) That a final decision on the hearing will be issued at the earliest practical date, but not later than 60 calendar days after the filing of the petition, unless the employee requests, and the hearing officer grants, a delay in the proceedings;
(k) That any knowingly false or frivolous statement, representation, or evidence may subject the employee to:
(1) Disciplinary procedures appropriate under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 75, 5 CFR part 752, or any other applicable Statutes or regulations;
(2) Penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729-3731, or any other applicable statutory authority: or
(3) Criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. 286, 287, 1001, and 1002, or any other applicable statutory authority;
(l) Any other rights or remedies available to the employee under any statute or regulations governing the program for which collection is being made;
(m) That the employee may request waiver of salary overpayment under applicable statutory authority (5 U.S.C. 5584, 10 U.S.C. 2774, 32 U.S.C 716, or 5 U.S.C 8346(b)), or may request waiver in the case of general debts and if waiver is available under any statutory provision pertaining to the particular debt being collected. The employee may question the amount or validity of the salary overpayment or general debt by submitting a claim to the Comptroller General in accordance with General Accounting Officer procedure.
(n) That amounts paid on or deducted for the debt which are later waived or found not to be owed to the United States will be promptly refunded to the employee, unless there are applicable contractual or statutory provisions to the contrary; and
(o) The name and address of an official of FCIC to whom the employee should direct any communication with respect to the debt.
[53 FR 4, Jan. 4, 1988]
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