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Advanced Search About the Fed News & Events Monetary Policy Supervision & Regulation Payment Systems Economic Research Data Consumers & Communities Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, provides the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system. Home > News & Events > Press Releases Joint Press Release September 19, 2007 Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Request Comment on Statement of Best Practices on Garnishment Orders of Exempt Federal Benefit Funds Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Office of Thrift Supervision National Credit Union Administration For immediate release Share Washington--The federal financial regulatory agencies today requested public comment on a proposed statement encouraging federally regulated financial institutions to follow best practices to protect federal benefit payments from garnishment orders. Federal law protects federal benefit payments--such as Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits, Veterans’ benefits, Federal Civil Service retirement benefits, and Federal Railroad benefits-from garnishment orders and the claims of judgment creditors subject to certain exceptions, such as garnishment orders relating to alimony or child support payments. The proposed statement lists best practices followed by financial institutions in this area, invites suggestions on other practices the agencies should consider, and encourages financial institutions to stay apprised of any future guidance issued by the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs regarding garnishment practices and of developments in the courts in their jurisdiction regarding garnishment practices. The proposed statement, which was issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the National Credit Union Administration, is attached. Comment is requested by 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Federal Register Notice 62 KB PDF | TEXT View comments Media Contacts: Federal Reserve Board Susan Stawick FDIC Andrew Gray OCC Kevin Mukri OTS NCUA William Ruberry John McKechnie 202-4522955 202-8987192 202-8745770 202-9066677 703-5186331 Last Update: September 19, 2007 BOARD OF GOVERNORS of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM About the Fed News & Events Monetary Policy Supervision & Regulation Payment Systems Economic Research Data Consumers & Communities TOOLS AND INFORMATION Contact Publications Freedom of Information (FOIA) Office of Inspector General Budget & Performance | Audit No FEAR Act Español Website Policies | Privacy Program Accessibility STAY CONNECTED BOARD OF GOVERNORS of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 20th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20551