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)
1980 Policy Documents
- December 15, 1980New guidelines to use when submitting claims for FFP under P.L. 96-265 and 96-272December 5, 1980Requirements for receiving expanded federal matching for court costs under P.L. 96-265August 29, 1980Use of IRS to collect support for non-AFDC families; federal matching for duties performed by court personnelAugust 7, 1980Amendments to grants administration regulations to implement procurement standards and cost principlesJuly 7, 1980Extends the period of time for FFP to be available to states for non-AFDC related expendituresApril 25, 1980Process for states to request a review by the director of any disallowance decision prior to appealing to the boardApril 8, 1980Final rule changes the requirements of federal funding for automatic data processing equipment and servicesFebruary 27, 1980Final rule authorizes states to implement a medical support enforcement programJanuary 24, 1980Information on the fee charged by the IRS for collecting certified delinquent child support payments