The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) established the Central Collection Unit (“CCU”) pursuant to the Delinquent Debt Recovery Act of 2012. CCU and its contractor Harris & Harris collect all non-tax debt older than 90 days for District-wide and affiliated agencies (collectively referred to herein as the “District”).
In accordance with the District of Columbia Government’s “Clean Hands” mandate, D.C. Code §47.2862, individuals and businesses owing the District more than $100 in fees, fines, penalties, or qualifying interest shall be denied District goods and services, licenses, permits, grants, and contracts. 1
The CCU supports the Clean Hands of the District. Any party owing more than $100 to the District must resolve its outstanding debts with the CCU prior to receiving a “Clean Hands Compliance Certificate” to do business with the District.
Pursuant to D.C. Code § 47.2862, all District agencies are required to implement Clean Hands at the agency level and to request a Clean Hands certificate from customers seeking District services, grants, and/or contracts with the District.
 See D.C. Code §§ 2-352.02(c)(8)(A), 2-353.01(a)(9)-(10); and 27 DCMR Section 2200.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Clean Hands?
The law of Clean Hands requires an entity or individual seeking to do business with the District does not owe the District more than $100.00. The CCU supports the Clean Hands of the District. Any party owing more than $100 to the District must resolve its outstanding debts with the CCU prior to receiving a “Clean Hands Compliance Certificate” to do business with the District.
- CCU Adherence to the District Clean Hands Act?
The CCU requires compliance with the District Clean Hands mandate as it applies to payment of District delinquent debts. Therefore, any delinquent debt payment arrangements must include all District agency liabilities of $100 or more.
- Where and how can payments be made to the CCU?
Customers can make payments in the following ways:
Via the online web portal at; https://payharris.paymentvision.com/HarrisHub/default.aspx (Echeck or Credit Card)
Cash or Certified Funds (Money Order or Cashier’s Check) payable to DC Treasurer
In-person payments can be made at the Office of Finance and Treasury Cashiers Office:
Office of Finance and Treasury, Cashiers Office
1101 4th St SW, 1st floor
Washington, DC 20024
Hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday
Mail in Payments Payable to the DC Treasurer
District of Columbia Government
Central Collections Unit
PO Box 96934
Washington, DC 20090
Please Note: It usually takes 24 to 48 hours for the system to update with the payment information.
- What types of Payment Arrangements Does the CCU offer customers who are unable to pay their debt in full?
The CCU addresses each matter on a case-by-case basis and offers flexible options.
- Does the CCU require financial documentation before considering payment arrangements?
When the CCU considers payment options, CCU staff may require financial documentation and analysis. This may consist of bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns, verification of necessary living expenses and secured debts.
- What is the telephone number and email address of the CCU?
CCU Main Telephone Number: (202) 727-0771
CCU Telephone Hours:
8 am to 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday
Email Address: [email protected]
- Does the CCU have a Walk-In-Center to see customers in person?
Due to the current pandemic the CCU does not have a Walk-In-Center to assist customers in person. But the CCU can assist customers via phone
- Request a new Certificate of Clean Hands, or check the status of an existing Certificate of Clean Hands here.
- View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
- Obtain a Certificate of Clean Hands; it’s as easy as 1-2-3! View the CCH brochure (PDF).
- Learn how to navigate the new Clean Hands application by viewing the various tutorials.
- Certificate of Clean Hands Webinar Deck (PDF).
- (Video) Certificate of Clean Hands Webinar