Oregon Statutes - Chapter 293 - Administration of Public Funds - Section 293.240 - Writing off uncollectible debts due state agency.

(1) If a state agency has made all reasonable efforts to collect money owed to it, including money owed on a liquidated and delinquent account that has been relinquished by a private collection agency under ORS 293.231, and has determined that such money and any interest or penalties therefor are uncollectible, in accordance with criteria for uncollectibility formulated by the agency and approved by the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, which criteria shall include the right of offset, the agency may certify to the Secretary of State the amount of the money, interest and penalties, as accurately as can be determined. The Secretary of State may require submission by the agency of all relevant evidence and other information regarding the debt and may examine such records of any other state agency which may be pertinent in determining the uncollectibility of the debt, unless such examination is prohibited by specific provisions of law (except for the secretary’s duty to audit the state agency), including but not limited to ORS 314.835 and 657.665.

(2) If the Secretary of State finds that the debt is uncollectible, in accordance with the criteria for uncollectibility of money due to that state agency, the Secretary of State shall direct the agency to write off the debt on its accounts in a manner approved by the Secretary of State.

(3) This section does not apply to debts owed to a state agency for which a procedure for compromise, release, discharge, waiver, cancellation or other form of settlement thereof for reasons other than uncollectibility is by law made specially applicable to such state agency. [1965 c.448 §2; 1971 c.604 §3; 1991 c.567 §3; 1999 c.1092 §5]

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