The following definitions apply to this part:
Department means the Department of Education.
Disposable pay means the amount that remains from an employee's pay after required deductions for Federal, State, and local income taxes; Social Security taxes, including Medicare taxes; Federal retirement programs; premiums for health and basic life insurance benefits; and such other deductions that are required by law to be withheld.
Employee means a current or former employee of the Department.
Former employee means a former employee of the Department who is entitled to pay from the Department or another agency.
Pay means basic pay, special pay, incentive pay, retired pay, retainer pay, or, in the case of an individual not entitled to basic pay, other authorized pay, including severance pay and/or lump sum payments for accrued annual leave.
Paying agency means a Federal agency currently employing an individual and authorizing the payment of his or her current pay.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Department of Education or an official or employee of the Department acting for the Secretary under a delegation of authority.