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PUBLIC LAW 103-182—DEC. 8, 1993 107 STAT. 2217 "(2) is presented to the Secretary more than 1 year after it occurs; or "(3) is presented by an officer or employee of the United States Government and arose within the scope of employment, (c) FINAL SETTLEMENT. —A claim may be paid under this section onJy if the claimant; accepts the amount or settlement in complete satisfaction of the claim.. SEC. 671. USE OF PRIVATE COLLECTION AGENCIES. The Tariff Act of 1930 is amended by inserting after section 630 the following new section: "SEC. 631. USE OF PRIVATE COLLECTION AGENCIES. 19 USC 1631. "(a) IN GENERAL. — Notwithstanding any other provision of law, Contracts. the Secretary, under such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate, shall enter into contracts and incur obligations with one or more persons for collection services to recover indebtedness arising under the customs laws and owed the United States Government, but only after the Customs Service has exhausted all administrative efforts, including all claims against applicable surety bonds, to collect the indebtedness. "(b) CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS. —Any contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that— "(1) the Secretary retains the authority to resolve a dispute, compromise a claim, end collection action, and refer a matter to the Attorney General to bring a civil action; and "(2) the person is subject to— "(A) section 552a of title 5, United States Code, to the extent provided in subsection (m) of such section; and "(B) laws and regulations of the United States Government and State governments related to debt collection practices.**. Subtitle D—Miscellaneous Provisions and Consequential and Conforming Amendments to Other Laws SEC. 681. AMENDMENTS TO THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE. (a) RETURN SHIPMENTS.— General Note 4 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended— (1) by striking out "and** at the end of subdivision (c); (2) by inserting "and" after "1930," in subdivision (d); (3) by inserting after subdivision (d) the following: "(e) articles exported from the United States which are returned within 45 days after such exportation from the United States as imdeliverable and which have not left the custody of the carrier or foreign customs service,"; and (4) by adding at the end the following new sentence: "No exportation referred to in subdivision (e) may be treated as satisfying any requirement for exportation in order to receive a benefit from, or meet an obligation to, the United States as a result of such exportation.". (b) ENTRY NOT REQUIRED FOR LOCOMOTIVES AND RAILWAY FREIGHT CARS. —