5 CFR 831.1404 - Financial hardship.
Financial hardship may be deemed to exist in - but not limited to - those situations where the annuitant from whom collection is sought needs substantially all of his/her current income and liquid assets to meet current ordinary and necessary living expenses and liabilities.
(a)Considerations. Some pertinent considerations in determining whether recovery would cause financial hardship are as follows:
(1) The individual's financial ability to pay at the time collection is scheduled to be made.
(b)Exemptions. Assets exempt from execution under State law should not be considered in determining an individual's ability to repay the indebtedness, rather primary emphasis shall be placed upon the annuitant's liquid assets and current income in making such determinations.