Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary, under such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate, shall enter into contracts and incur obligations with one or more persons for collection services to recover indebtedness arising under the customs laws and owed the United States Government, but only after the Customs Service has exhausted all administrative efforts, including all claims against applicable surety bonds, to collect the indebtedness.
(b) Contract requirements
Any contract entered into under subsection (a) of this section shall provide that—
(1)the Secretary retains the authority to resolve a dispute, compromise a claim, end collection action, and refer a matter to the Attorney General to bring a civil action; and
(2)the person is subject to—
552a of title
5 to the extent provided in subsection (m) of such section; and
(B)laws and regulations of the United States Government and State governments related to debt collection practices.
(c) Payment of costs
The debtor shall be assessed and pay any and all costs associated with collection efforts pursuant to this section. Notwithstanding section
3302(b) of title
31, any sum so collected shall be used to pay the costs of debt collection services.
For transfer of functions, personnel, assets, and liabilities of the United States Customs Service of the Department of the Treasury, including functions of the Secretary of the Treasury relating thereto, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections
557 of Title
6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, set out as a note under section
542 of Title
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