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Denial of Federal Benefits (DFB) Program

Benefits That May be Denied

Listed below are many of the federal benefits that may be denied to individuals who have been convicted of drug trafficking or drug possession.

Federal Agency Benefits That May Be Denied
U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Personal income housing loans and grants
  • Rural housing site loans
  • Rural rental housing loans
  • Rural self-help housing technical assistance
  • Rural housing prevention grants
Federal Communications Commission
  • Television broadcast licenses
  • Public land mobile radio licenses
  • Rural radio licenses
  • Telephone equipment registrations
  • Aviation and maritime service licenses
  • Land mobile radio licenses
  • Radio telephone operator's certificates (1st, 2d, and 3d class, including endorsements)
  • General radio telephone operator's licenses (including endorsements)
  • Marine radio operator's permits
  • Restricted radio-telephone operator's license
  • General mobile radio service licenses
U.S. Department of Education
  • Pell Grant Program (BEOG)
  • Guaranteed student loans
  • College work-study program (student assistance)
  • Grant and aid programs directly to individuals
  • Adult education—state-administered basic grant program and stipends
  • Supplemental education opportunities grants
  • Upward Bound Program
  • Vocational education—basic grants to states
  • Migrant education—high school
  • Equivalency program
  • Migrant education—college assistance
  • Migrant program
Interstate Commerce Commission
  • Certificates, licenses, and permits to operate as motor, water, or rail carriers
  • Certificates, licenses, and permits for household goods freight forwarders
U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Professional and commercial licenses and permits
  • fishing vessel and gear damage compensation
Small Business Administration
  • Loans for small business
U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Professional or commercial airmen certificates
  • Aviation operating certificates (pilot licenses)
  • Merchant marine licenses and certificates of registration
  • Recreational and fishing vessel licenses
  • Commercial motor vehicle driver licenses
  • Air carrier fitness certificates
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Individual grants and contracts
  • Research grants and contracts
  • Health Career Opportunity Program
  • Work Incentive/WIN Demonstration Programs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Urban homesteading
  • Rental housing rehabilitation
  • Professional and commercial licenses, permits, and leases
U.S. Department of Defense
  • Professional and commercial licenses, permits, and leases
U.S. Department of Energy
  • Patent licenses
U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Professional and commercial licenses, permits, and leases
  • Licenses for commercial outfitters
U.S. Department of Justice
  • Narcotics practitioner's registration grants
U.S. Department of Labor
  • Employee training and research and development contracts and grants
  • Professional and commercial licenses, permits, and grants
U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms licenses and permits
  • Banking and brokerage licenses


Date Created: December 22, 2019