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)
1976 Policy Documents
- December 21, 1976Allocation procedures when more than one jurisdiction is involved in the enforcement or collection of child support
Incentive Payments to Political Subdivisions under Section 458(a) of the Act and 45 CFR 302.52 - 1976December 21, 1976Clarifies incentive payments made with respect to child support collections used to reimburse assistance paymentsNovember 9, 1976Collecting and distributing program and administrative practices that States and localities have developed and found beneficialSeptember 13, 1976Clarifies responsibility for AFDC eligibility determinations and the federal matching for the cost of such determinationsJuly 1, 1976First annual report to the Congress on the Child Support Enforcement programJune 9, 1976Requires child support collection or paternity determination services to be available to individuals who file an application
Revised: Applications by States to use the Courts of the United States to Enforce Child Support OrdersMay 12, 1976Revises AT-76-01 to correct the statutory citations in the paragraph entitled "Failure to Cooperate"April 22, 1976Procedures for IRS collection of delinquent child support under 45 CFR 302.71March 11, 1976Procedures for the distribution of child support collections and the provision for the payment of incentivesFebruary 19, 1976Expenditures made by another public agency may be used as state share in claiming federal reimbursement under Title IV-DFebruary 13, 1976Outlines the procedures for making requests to the Federal Parent Locator Service for the location of absent parentsFebruary 6, 1976Guidance on use of the courts of the United States to enforce a child support order