UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
GARNISHMENT OF WAGES FOR CHILD SUPPORT, ALIMONY, AND
This directive gives procedures for compliance with legal requirements to withhold
salary for court-ordered child support, alimony, and commercial garnishments.
This directive cancels FSIS Directive 4550.2, dated 8/27/84. NOTE: This directive is
numbered Revision 3. Previous editions were dated 11/6/78 (basic), 4/11/83 (first
revision), and 8/27/84 (second revision).
REASON FOR REISSUANCE
This directive is completely rewritten to:
Include guidance on commercial garnishment requirements.
Change the designated office for accepting legal process for garnishments
from OGC to ERB.
Update information on child support garnishments.
Title 5, U.S.C. 5520 (a), Garnishment of Pay
5 CFR Part 581, Processing Garnishment Orders for Child Support and/or Alimony
5 CFR Part 582, Commercial Garnishment of Federal Employee's Pay
HRD – Classification and Compensation
ABBREVIATIONS AND FORMS
The following will appear in their shortened form in this directive:
Employee Relations Branch, HRD
Human Resources Division
Internal Revenue Service
National Finance Center
Office of the General Counsel
Thrift Savings Plan
Payroll Action Request
Court-Ordered Child Care or Alimony Deduction
Alimony. Payments from employee wages to provide support and
maintenance of a spouse or former spouse.
Arrears. Unpaid and overdue debt, or an unfulfilled obligation.
Child Support. Payments from employee wages to provide support and
maintenance of a child or children for health care, education, clothing, or other specific
needs of such children.
Disposable Income. The part of employee earnings that remains after