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)
1979 Policy Documents
Revision of the Effective Date of Regulation 45 CFR 304.21; FFP in the Costs of Cooperative AgreementsOctober 29, 1979Revision of effective date of regulation on FFP for cooperative agreements with courts and law enforcement officialsAugust 15, 1979Child support employees should refer unemployed absent parents to available state or local employment programsJune 15, 1979Final rule on bonding of employees and handling of cash receipts in the child support enforcement programJune 6, 1979Clarifies the availability of FFP for making arrests necessary to enforce support obligations