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The Corporation has concluded that the federal portion of the living allowance is not subject to involuntary garnishment because it is protected under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. The term, "sovereign immunity",
means that the United States, as the sovereign, has to consent before any federal funds can be garnished. It has not done so in the case of the federal portion of a member's living allowance. In addition, the federal portion of programs' staff salaries
may not be subject to involuntary garnishment.
The non-federal portion/program match of living allowances and staff salaries may be garnished, in accordance with state law.