COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER


M E M O R A N D U M

To: Payroll & Personnel Officers
From: Gary Reardon, Director Payroll Services Division
Date: February 7, 2000
Subject: Garnishment of Federal Work Study Funds

 The Payroll Services Division has been advised by the Attorney General's Office that wages paid under a Federal Work Study program (FWS) must be used solely for educational purposes. Therefore, employees in your agency participating in a FWS program may not have their wages garnished to satisfy a child support order or any garnishment for unpaid debts.

If you receive a garnishment of any kind from this office for an employee participating in a FWS program, you must immediately notify this office and then hold the garnishment until such time as the employee is no longer participating in the work study program (but is still employed by your agency, at which time you must begin deductions); the employee terminates; or the garnishment is released by the creditor or the court. Because the garnishment could conceivably be collectable if the employee were removed from the FWS program but was still working for your agency, your office should also immediately forward the necessary documentation to the employee and explain the action to be taken.

Questions should be referred to Ann Marie DiMartino at 702-3452 or Kathei McMullen at 702-3454. 


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