OCSE proposes and implements national policy for the child support program. We provide guidance and training to help states and tribes develop and operate their individual programs according to federal laws and regulations.
Federal Laws & Regulations
The following laws and regulations provide policy and program requirements related to the child support program.
Policy Guidance Overview
OCSE provides program requirements, program information, policy guidance, and program instructions using several types of documents.
- Action Transmittal (AT) describes actions that programs must take to comply with new and amended federal laws (available from 1975)
- Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) conveys general information on program activities (available from 1989)
- Information Memorandum (IM) provides information on program practices that may be useful for program improvement (available from 1989)
- Policy Interpretation Question (PIQ) responds formally to policy inquiries (available from 1999)
- International Policy transmits guidance on international child support (available from 1993)
- Tribal Policy provides guidance on tribal child support (available from 1995)
2016 Policy Documents
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- October 24, 2016To remind tribes to submit the OCSE-75 Tribal Annual Data Report by December 29August 5, 2016Announces open comment period for OCSE-75 formMay 27, 2016Provides information on the uniform guidance for tribal programsMay 20, 2016Reauthorization of the plan provides an opportunity to consider comments on the Tribal Direct Funding activityMay 5, 2016Announces the development of a Tribal Child Support Budget ToolboxMarch 3, 2016Reminds tribes of the requirement for quadrennial reviews of the child support guidelines