Posted: Oct 12, 2012 2:28 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration is hoping to boost its debt collection efforts by intercepting payments the federal government may owe to vendors and contractors who have unpaid debts to Louisiana agencies.
Jason DeCuir, assistant secretary for the Department of Revenue, outlined the plans Friday to a panel of state officials looking for ways to improve collection of delinquent accounts that total hundreds of millions of dollars owed to state agencies.
DeCuir says his department estimates it can collect $11 million more per year in back-owed debts, money that could help the state fill in budget gaps elsewhere. It's unclear when the program will begin.
The revenue department says it will be seeking a private company that can run a system to match Louisiana debtors with federal vendors and contractors.