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Public Law

Applicable public laws pertaining to debt collection are listed below with links to the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, further information can be found by searching the U.S. Code by Title and Section (i.e., 5 U.S.C. 522a)

Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966
Pub.L. 89-508
31 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.
Debt Collection Act of 1982
Pub.L. 97-365
5 U.S.C. 5514; 31 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.
Deficit Reduction Act of 1984
Pub.L. 98-369
26 U.S.C. 6402; 31 U.S.C. 3720A
Computer Matching & Privacy Protection Act of 1988
Pub.L. 100-503
5 U.S.C. 552a
Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990
Pub.L. 101-576
31 U.S.C. 901 et seq.
Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990
Pub.L. 101-508
2 U.S.C. 661 et seq.
Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act of 1996
Pub.L. 101-657
28 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.
Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996
Pub.L. 104-134
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5 U.S.C. 5514; 31 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.
Claims Resolution Act of 2010
Pub.L. 111-291
Specifically, Title VIII, Subtitle A, Sec 801/26 U.S.C. 6402(f)
Accountability & Transparency Act (DATA Act) of 2014
Pub.L. 113-101
Specifically, Section 5 Debt Collection Improvement
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Additional Public Laws

Though generally not applicable to federal entities conducting debt collection, the following public laws provide useful debt collection guidelines:

Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970
Pub.L. 91-508
15 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of 1977
Pub.L. 91-508
15 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.

Last modified 07/14/23