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)
1978 Policy Documents
- November 17, 1978Final rule on conditions for FFP in the costs of ADP equipment and services under medical and public assistance programsOctober 31, 1978Final rule on standards to determine whether an applicant or recipient of AFDC has good cause for refusing to cooperateOctober 27, 1978Outlines changes for states to submit requests for address information to the FPLSOctober 16, 1978Procedures for implementing the new regulatory provisions to submit requests for location information to the FPLSApril 5, 1978Requests public comments on the good cause final regulations