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)
2005 Policy Documents
Non-Recurring, Short Term Cash Benefit TANF Cases and Closing such Cases that were Erroneously OpenedDecember 22, 2005Guidance on non-recurring, short term cash benefit TANF cases - closing a case when erroneously sent to IV-D agencyDecember 21, 2005Clarifies when states must send the NMSN to DMDC concerning health care coverage for children of military personnelNovember 29, 2005Provides guidelines to states for establishing regular access to SVES data through the FPLSNovember 18, 2005Information on data matching with SSA's State Verification and Exchange System and submitting income-withholding ordersNovember 2, 2005Summary of the Peer-to-Peer PEP Technical Assistance and Training ConferenceOctober 21, 2005Clarifies the use of the standard federal income withholding form with tribal employersOctober 21, 2005NPRM on safeguarding confidential information and locate requests for State Parent Locator ServiceSeptember 12, 2005Enhancements to Federal Case Registry (FCR), Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet), and Federal Offset SystemSeptember 9, 2005Notice requirement contained in section 7(b) of the Privacy Act regarding collection of Social Security NumbersSeptember 6, 2005Revised procedures for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) restitution letters received by statesSeptember 6, 2005VA initiative to work with child support agencies as they serve Veterans in their Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT)September 6, 2005Contains instructions for completing the revised Annual Data Report, OCSE-157 formAugust 15, 2005Announces the release of the new Employer Services section of the OCSE websiteJuly 29, 2005Release of new access and visitation program data for services provided to parents in FY 2004July 13, 2005Guidance on the use of FFP for costs of administrative personnel carrying out expedited administrative processesJuly 13, 2005Provides a summary of data analysis conducted on using the National Directory of New Hires to increase child support collectionsJuly 13, 20052005 trainer guide dealing with child support collections from the militaryJuly 13, 2005Transmits minimum required data elements and information for all state paternity acknowledgement affidavitsJuly 5, 2005Attached Questions and Answers provides details about the Continuous Service Improvement Project and its impactJune 22, 2005Provides a guide for Tribes and Tribal organizations that may be interested in operating a Child Support Enforcement programJune 15, 2005Instructions on processing Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) restitution letters states may have receivedMay 18, 2005Guidance regarding appropriate procedures for working case referrals on previously closed IV-D cases
Reduction of the Unreimbursed Assistance Balance when Permanently-Assigned Arrearages are CompromisedMay 18, 2005Guidance on whether the unreimbursed assistance (URA) balance should be adjusted when arrearages are compromised
Miscellaneous Issues regarding 45 CFR part 309, the Tribal Child Support Enforcement Program Final RuleMay 12, 2005Addresses policy questions and responds to various issues regarding the Tribal Chid Support Enforcement Program Final RuleMay 4, 2005New legislation related to child support provisions including enforcement of support orders during bankruptcy proceedingsMay 2, 2005Guidance on using COTS software within automated human services information systems to meet federal agency requirementsMay 2, 2005Guidance for states seeking an exemption from prior regulations related to state information technology acquisition documentsMay 2, 2005Guidance to States regarding the use of state master contracts for State Information Technology products and services
Applicability of 45 CFR Part 303 to Tribal IV-D Programs, Jurisdiction, and Cooperation with State IV-D programsApril 26, 2005Questions and answers to help tribes and states work cooperatively on the delivery of child support enforcement servicesApril 7, 2005Progress of the Just-In-Time Workgroup and working with states on improving availability of interstate case informationApril 1, 2005Provides revisions to State Plan pages 2.6 and 3.10 and the State Plan Transmittal FormMarch 18, 2005Use of IV-D funding to pay for private attorney fees for the purposes of child support establishment and modificationFebruary 28, 2005Request to states to share practices proven to increase collections and improve operations of child support officesFebruary 16, 2005Provides Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2005-01B, and notification on Injured Spouse IndicatorsFebruary 10, 2005Outlines revisions to the National Medical Support Notice form and Part A Instructions to EmployerJanuary 28, 2005Transmits minor changes to standard interstate child support forms effective 01/31/05January 25, 2005Explains the specific lines and columns used to calculate the incentive collection baseJanuary 21, 2005Processing changes put into place to address the issue of ‘Zero Balance Deletes’January 19, 2005Provides the final Federal Offset Collections Report for processing year 2004, OCSE Cycle 2004-25January 19, 2005Summary of Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) Release 05-01January 19, 2005Provides questions and answers regarding the Tribal Child Support Enforcement Program Final RuleJanuary 14, 2005Clarifies transferring cases from a state IV-D program to a tribal IV-D program and case closure criteriaJanuary 13, 2005Provides an index of all ATs, IMs, PIQs, and DCLs issued from January 2003 to December 2004 .January 4, 2005Revisions to Administrative Subpoena and Notice of Lien interstate child support forms take effect 1/31/2005January 3, 2005Interim Final Rule permits States to use reasonable quantitative standards in adjusting existing child support ordersLast Reviewed: July 26, 2016