Occasionally, there is a need to ask the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury)
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), Treasury reclaims the money based
on our incorrect E-stop input for each check issued after the alleged date of death.
To stop Treasury from processing the reclamation on the bank account, we send Treasury
an abandon reclamation request.
If the error is realized before the money is reclaimed from the financial institution (FI), Treasury tells the FI
to ignore (abandon) the reclamation request.
If the error is realized after the money is reclaimed, the abandon reclamation request authorizes Treasury to reverse
the reclamation and reimburse the bank for the money improperly reclaimed.