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)
1989 Policy Documents
- November 1, 1989Provides the employers' wage withholding guide for small businessesSeptember 27, 1989Describes the problems cited frequently in internal control audits and the recommended management actionsSeptember 13, 1989NPRM on $50 pass-through, guidelines, mandatory genetic testing, paternity establishment, and laboratory testingAugust 31, 1989Instruction for submission of statistics, listings and sample cases used for Program Results audits after October 1, 1987August 15, 1989Methodology for determining the amount of income earned in the State's interest or investment activitiesAugust 4, 1989Implements standards for processing child support enforcement cases and timeframes for distributing collectionsJuly 21, 1989Requires mandatory provisions in all cooperative arrangements between state agencies and courts and law enforcementJuly 10, 1989Revision of new standardized format for state reporting of expenditure dataJune 9, 1989Requests comments on AFDC recipients cooperating with the IV-D agency in pursuing third party liability for medical servicesMay 26, 1989Requests comments from states on providing continued services to persons no longer on AFDC and services to persons on medicaidMay 18, 1989Standard data elements to improve the interface between IV-A (TANF) and IV-D systemsApril 27, 1989Announces changes in information available and tape specifications for Project 1099April 26, 1989Describes consolidation of budget, grant and expenditure reporting into one standard format per OMBApril 19, 1989Implements Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act requiring States have procedures to prohibit retroactive modification of arrearagesApril 19, 1989Proposed regulation to implement the Family Support Act by revising case processing requirements and distribution timeframesMarch 30, 1989Final rule effective date for medical support enforcement regulations which were pending OMB approval
Revised Measurement/Reporting of Paternity Establishment Percentages in Compliance with Family Support Act of 1988March 6, 1989Instructions amending AT-88-20 to comply with Section 111, Performance Standards for State Paternity Establishment ProgramsFebruary 10, 1989Proposed regulations which are intended to improve and expedite the current process for auditing State and local IV-D programsJanuary 17, 1989Provisions that necessitate changes in the States' quarterly financial reporting for the Child Support Enforcement ProgramLast Reviewed: July 26, 2016