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)
1983 Policy Documents
- September 15, 1983Changes in calculation of incentive payments from the enactment of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982September 12, 1983States may enter into an agreement to obtain FPLS information for use in parental kidnapping and child custody casesJuly 20, 1983Guidance on processing involuntary child or spousal support allotments; applies only to PHS commissioned officersJune 21, 1983Office of Personnel Management rule on processing garnishment orders, clarifies Veterans Administration provisionFebruary 16, 1983Notification procedures to institute allotments from the active duty pay of Coast Guard members delinquent on paymentFebruary 3, 1983Regulation provides for collection of certain past-due child and spousal support from federal tax refundsJanuary 7, 1983Describes state option to collect and enforce support obligations for children and the spouse or former spouse
Final Rule: Reduction in Federal Funding Rate; Reduction in Incentive Payments to States and Political SubdivisionJanuary 7, 1983Reduces federal payments to states for 1) administrative costs, 2) incentive payments in AFDC cases, 3) some court costs