Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a JRJ beneficiary in repayment status is unable to repay the full sum of their received JRJ benefits within a certain timeframe?

Once a JRJ recipient has been determined to be in a “repayment status,” such information will be communicated to BJA by the state administering agency (SAA). The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OJP’s OCFO) will receive a list of exiting recipient(s) from the SAA through the Justice Enterprise File Sharing (JEFS) secure site on a quarterly basis.

OJP’s OCFO will coordinate with BJA to determine which exiting recipient(s) in repayment status will be referred to the U.S. Department of Treasury via the Centralized Receivables Service (CRS). Acting on behalf of OJP, CRS is a collection service provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. OJP’s OCFO will refer the exiting recipient(s) in repayment status, who is non-complaint in repaying the debt, within 2 business days of receiving the list of exiting recipient(s) from the SAA.

Via CRS, the U.S. Department of the Treasury automatically generates and mails an invoice with due process notifications to the debtor. Via CRS, the U.S. Department of the Treasury begins to apply interest and collection fees, in addition to the principal amount owed, 30 days after the invoice and due process notification are mailed. Via CRS, the U.S. Department of the Treasury may arrange for a repayment plan for debtors up to 3 years. If the debtors are not responsive within 65 days after the invoice and due process notification are mailed, CRS refers the case to Treasury Cross-Servicing (FedDebt) for further collection actions. For more information, please reference the JRJ Roles and Responsibilities document.

As of 4/3/2018

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