Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–629.04. Collection of debts.

(a) Any debt authorized to be collected under this subchapter may be collected in monthly installments or at officially established regular pay period intervals, by deduction in reasonable amounts from the current pay of the employee.

(b) Deductions may be made from any wages, salary, compensation, remuneration for services, or other authorized pay, including, but not limited to, back pay and lump sum leave payments but not including retirement pay.

(c) The amount deducted for any period may not exceed 20% of disposable pay, except that a greater percentage may be deducted upon consent of the employee involved.

(d) If the employee’s employment ends before collection of the amount of the indebtedness is completed, deductions may be made from later non-periodic government payments of any nature except retirement pay due the former employee without regard to the limit imposed by subsection (c) of this section.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 2904; as added Sept. 13, 1986, D.C. Law 6-144, § 2(c), 33 DCR 4383.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-630.4.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-629.05.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 1055 of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 1055 of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).