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)
1994 Policy Documents
- December 23, 1994Implements requirements for states to adopt laws for a civil process for voluntary paternity establishment and related audits/penalitiesDecember 8, 1994Clarifies legislation that requires States to have procedures which establish periodic reporting to consumer reporting agencies
Final Rule: Medicaid Extension when IV-D Support Collection Results in Termination of AFDC EligibilityDecember 7, 1994Extends Medicaid coverage for four months when AFDC termination is due to increased IV-D support collectionsNovember 30, 1994Transmits information about recently-enacted federal legislation which affects state IV-D programsSeptember 20, 1994Provides a compilation of innovative public information and outreach campaigns regarding child supportAugust 23, 1994Instructions for submitting requests for collection by the IRS through the Federal tax refund offset processJuly 27, 1994Clarifies that there is no state residency requirement to receive IV-D servicesJune 8, 1994Eliminates the requirement for States to submit a three-year hardware and proprietary software configuration planJune 2, 1994Cost recovery procedures of ACF for the Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet)April 12, 1994Describes OCSE goal to develop a consensus-based performance measurement systemApril 11, 1994Clarifies instructions in OCSE-AT-94-01 regarding UIFSAMarch 11, 1994Guidance for States regarding all non IV-D cases subject to immeidate withholding after January 1, 1994February 15, 1994Encourages states to use Project 1099 and shares New York's one-step process for verifying and freezing accountsJanuary 28, 1994Instructions for completing standardized interstate forms in cases involving a responding UIFSA StateLast Reviewed: July 26, 2016