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PUBLIC LAW 104-193—AUG. 22, 1996 110 STAT. 2243 "(c) DESIGNATION OF AGENT; RESPONSE TO NOTICE OR PROCESS— "(1) DESIGNATION OF AGENT.— The head of each agency subject to this section shall— "(A) designate an agent or agents to receive orders and accept service of process in matters relating to child support or alimony; and "(B) annually publish in the Federal Register the des- Federal Register, ignation of the agent or agents, identified by title or posi- publication, tion, mailing address, and telephone number. "(2) RESPONSE TO NOTICE OR PROCESS.— If an agent designated pursuant to psiragraph (1) of this subsection receives notice pursuant to State procedures in effect pursuant to subsection (a)(1) or (b) of section 466, or is effectively served with any order, process, or interrogatory, with respect to an individual's child support or alimony payment obligations, the agent shall— "(A) as soon as possible (but not later than 15 days) thereafter, send written notice of the notice or service (together with a copy of the notice or service) to the individual at the duty station or last-known home address of the individual; "(B) within 30 days (or such longer period as may be prescribed by applicable State law) after receipt of a notice pursuant to such State procedures, comply with all applicable provisions of section 466; and "(C) within 30 days (or such longer period as may be prescribed by applicable State law) after effective service of any other such order, process, or interrogatory, respond to the order, process, or interrogatory. "(d) PRIORITY OF CLAIMS.—I f a governmental entity specified in subsection (a) receives notice or is served with process, as provided in this section, concerning amounts owed by an individual to more than 1 person— "(1) support collection under section 466(b) must be given priority over any other process, as provided in section 466(b)(7); "(2) allocation of moneys due or payable to an individual among claimants under section 466(b) shall be governed by section 466(b) and the regulations prescribed under such section; and "(3) such moneys as remain after compliance with paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be available to satisfy any other such processes on a first-come, first-served basis, with any such process being satisfied out of such moneys as remain after the satisfaction of all such processes which have been previously served. " (e) No REQUIREMENT TO VARY PAY CYCLES.—A governmental entity that is affected by legal process served for the enforcement of an individual's child support or alimony payment obligations shall not be required to vary its normal pay and disbursement cycle in order to comply with the legal process. " (f) RELIEF FROM LIABILITY.— "(1) Neither the United States, nor the government of the District of Columbia, nor any disbursing officer shall be liable with respect to any payment made from moneys due or payable from the United States to any individual pursuant to legal process regular on its face, if the payment is made in accordance 29-194O-96 -17:QL3Part3