Occasionally, there is a need to ask the Department of the Treasury (DT) to abandon
(reverse) a reclamation request. This can occur when an erroneous death or erroneous
date of death is posted to the beneficiary’s or recipient’s record. Although the payee
was alive and actually due the payment(s), DT reclaims the money based on our incorrect
E-stop input for each check issued after the alleged date of death.
To stop DT from processing the reclamation on the bank account, we send DT an abandon
If the error is realized before the money is reclaimed from the financial institution (FI), DT tells the FI to ignore
(abandon) the reclamation request.
If the error is realized after the money is reclaimed, the abandon reclamation request authorizes DT to reverse
the reclamation and reimburse the bank for the money improperly reclaimed.