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)
1982 Policy Documents
- December 18, 1982Expands the availability of FFP in IV-D related court activitiesOctober 18, 1982Allows two methods for treating assigned support payments received by AFDC applicants or recipientsOctober 18, 1982Provides regulations concerning FFP in the cost of equipment under HHS-supported public assistance programsSeptember 15, 1982Provides for the payment of incentives to states that collect and enforce child support obligations on their own behalfSeptember 9, 1982Announces changes in financial reporting requirements resulting from the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982June 22, 1982Reduces the scope of the IV-D state plan and the annual compliance audits of state child support programsMay 12, 1982Preparation and approval of state agency cost allocation plans used in computing FFP under public assistance programsApril 28, 1982Authority, technical changes, improvements to the IRS full collection process for child support in non-AFDC casesMarch 30, 1982Information on the withholding of unemployment benefits as a method of collecting unmet support obligationsMarch 10, 1982Prohibits advance payment of federal share of state expenses unless the state submits complete expenditure reportMarch 1, 1982Provides OCSE and Treasury regulations for States to make requests for collection of past-due support from Federal tax refunds