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)
2003 Policy Documents
- December 23, 2003Provides a copy of "A Caseworker's Guide to Processing Cases with Foreign Reciprocating Countries"
Requests for Information from the FPLS for Parental Kidnapping, Child Custody or Visitation PurposesDecember 22, 2003Procedures for obtaining and using FPLS information for parental kidnapping, child custody or visitation purposesDecember 16, 2003Changes in procedures for transferring payments to obligees residing in PolandDecember 5, 2003Information regarding Federal Case Registry (FCR) data suppression and optional implementation capabilitiesNovember 21, 2003Slovak Republic can no longer accept collections sent by paper check, collections should be sent by SWIFT wire transferOctober 31, 2003Steps foreign reciprocating countries should take for assistance with service of process in a child support matterOctober 31, 2003Compliance guide for Qualified Medical Child Support Orders (QMCSOs)October 17, 2003Summary of update 7 to the NDNH Guide for Data SubmissionOctober 7, 2003Requests States submit State Plan preprint pages 2.8 and 2.12-19, addressing medical support activities and use of NMSNSeptember 26, 2003Announces OMB approved revisions to financial reporting forms OCSE-396A and OCSE-34A
Submission of the Latest Security Review Findings and Determination of Compliance with Part 95, SubPart FSeptember 10, 2003Establishes the requirement for states to submit copies of their latest ADP system security review findings to OCSESeptember 3, 2003Study on electronic data and document exchange capability between state child support agencies and state courtsAugust 22, 2003Guidance on collecting child support payments directly from a bank account rather than an employer withholding incomeAugust 14, 2003Guide for the Determination of Controlling Order/Reconciliation of Arrears and the Arrears Reconciliation CalculatorJuly 31, 2003Enhancements to the Federal Case Registry (FCR), the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), CSENet and Federal OffsetJuly 25, 2003Guidance regarding appropriate case closure criteria for child-only Medicaid cases given certain conditionsJuly 25, 2003Addresses states’ inquiries about the Texas state law definition of reasonable costJuly 14, 2003Guidance regarding hold period for joint non-IV-A tax refund offsets when the offset is more than amount due at time receivedJuly 14, 2003Announces the Interim Final Rule on collecting child support arrears through the Federal Tax Refund Offset processJuly 11, 2003Collaboration strategies providing examples of ways states collaborate between IV-A and IV-DJune 26, 2003OCSE and DOD re-activated the external locate process to eliminate the need for verification of employmentJune 16, 2003Issues related to reviews of SDU payment process, including internal controls and physical securityJune 16, 2003Announces the release of the Final Rule regarding the review and adjustment of child support ordersJune 12, 2003Guidance on submission of a final or "Close-out" Advance Planning Document upon completion of an automated systemJune 9, 2003Annouces publication of Working with Federal Agencies as Employers - Second EditionJune 4, 2003Guidance on securing child support from a noncustodial parents who is in the Witness Protection ProgramMay 23, 2003Clarification on Private Collection Agency access to the FPLS and sending information to third party addressesMay 23, 2003Study on State administrative and judicial processes for establishing child support ordersMay 8, 2003Report on management of undistributed collections and processing of interstate paymentsMay 5, 2003A three-hour course designed to give child support employees an overall sense of the need to focus on securityApril 28, 2003Guidance on the impact of paternity disestablishment on the state IV-D program funding and policiesApril 23, 2003Using a Medical Support Facilitator in review and adjust process to determine appropriate healthcare coverage for a childApril 16, 2003Guidance regarding the processing of support payments to and from foreign reciprocating countriesApril 16, 2003Provides articles on Automation, Employer Database Best Practices, and Employer New Hire OutreachApril 16, 2003Information related to processing child support payments on international caseesMarch 7, 2003Using the Federal Parent Locator Service to locate custodial parentsFebruary 10, 2003Provides the final Federal Offset Collections Report for Processing Year 2002, OCSE Cycle 2002-25 including offsets of tax rebatesJanuary 30, 2003Additional information in response to PIQ-02-01 on client permission and vendor's role in collecting overpaymentsJanuary 29, 2003Reinforces requirements for the appropriate use of and compliance with the Federal Income Withholding FormJanuary 28, 2003Documents outlining data sharing between child support agencies and courts using XMLJanuary 27, 2003Part of ongoing efforts to improve the exchange of information between DoD and state and local child support agenciesJanuary 22, 2003Revisions to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - UIFSA 2001Last Reviewed: July 26, 2016