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)
1995 Policy Documents
- October 30, 1995Cost recovery procedures for processing OCSE issued pre-offset notices for the Federal Tax Offset ProgramOctober 20, 1995Transmits AT-96-01 regarding charge-backs for printing and processing of OCSE issued pre-offset noticesSeptember 13, 1995Describes pilot projects in states resulting from the Government Performance and Results ActAugust 10, 1995Transmits FY 1996 FPLS fees for processing non-AFDC IV-D, locate only and parental kidnapping/child custody casesJuly 13, 1995Provides guidance regarding the effect of the Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders ActJune 6, 1995New procedures to meet the AFDC eligibility requirements for paternity determination for children born out of wedlockJune 2, 1995Case study of the development of the New Mexico/Navajo Nation Joint Powers Agreement (cooperative agreement)May 10, 1995Lists agents designated to accept legal process for various federal agenciesApril 20, 1995Solicits assistance in identifying cases suitable for federal criminal prosecution for failure to provide child supportApril 20, 1995Requests assistance in identifying cases suitable for Federal criminal prosecutions under CSRAMarch 27, 1995Provides an index of all active AT's, IM's, and PIQ's issued from October 1991 to March 1995February 28, 1995Provides a copy of the National Child Support Enforcement Strategic Plan for FY 1995-1999February 27, 1995Transmits President Clinton's Executive Order making the federal government a model employer in the area of child supportFebruary 17, 1995Elimination of 90 percent FFP rate for expenditures related to an approved child support enforcement systemFebruary 10, 1995Revision to State Plan preprint pages for paternity establishment as a result of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation ActJanuary 27, 1995Change in the process for requesting an exemption from expedited processes requirementsJanuary 12, 1995Revision to the State plan preprint page for expedited processes contained in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation ActJanuary 1, 1995Changes in paternity establishment data used to determine Paternity Establishment Percentage (PEP) as reported on OCSE-158Last Reviewed: June 15, 2016