Fiscal Year 2013 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: October 15, 2012
TO: ALL STATE IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Fiscal Year 2013 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet
This letter informs you of the annual user fees that each state will be assessed for use of the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and the Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet) for Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Enclosed are summaries of your state’s fees.
Under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is authorized to recover costs incurred in furnishing FPLS information at rates determined by the Secretary to be reasonable. These fees recover only a portion of OCSE’s costs for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the FPLS and for implementing new capabilities to support the mission of the Child Support Enforcement program.
Over the past eight years, the Continuous Service Improvements (CSI) initiative has brought about many new tools and increased efficiencies of existing tools for establishing and enforcing child support obligations. FY2013 CSI activities will include expanding and enhancing FPLS locate data, as well as additional services and functionalities available through the State Services Portal (SSP). The FY2013 State FPLS Fees reflect a reduction in overall spending on development activities, as well as a decrease in data center cost from previous years. This fee decrease was also reflected in the fourth quarter of FY2012, and the reduced FY2012 fees for your state are also included in the attached fee summary.
During FY2013, OCSE will continue to expand and enhance the services provided by the SSP, and will devote many of its resources to improving on the overall telecommunications network.
In addition to the existing services provided through the portal, including Query Interstate Cases for Kids (QUICK) and the electronic Income Withholding Order (e-IWO), OCSE plans to develop a method to transmit liens and levies between states and financial institutions similar to the existing e-IWO process. State CSENet Fees for FY2012 were also reduced in the fourth quarter, and those adjusted fees are included in the attached fee summary.
The states’ share of costs related to interstate telecommunications initiatives are included in the annual CSENet fee for which states will receive FFP reimbursement at the rate of 66 percent.
The FPLS and CSENet fees for FY2013 are allocated based on each state’s IV-D caseload average for the most recent six-year period as reported on your OCSE-157 report. Since all states can participate in FPLS services, CSENet and other telecommunications systems, benefits are weighed in direct proportion to caseloads, and fees are allocated accordingly.
FY2013 FPLS and CSENet user fees will be assessed beginning October 1, 2012. These user fees are to be paid on a quarterly basis in equal installments. Using form OCSE-396A, report your FPLS fee charge-back on line 10 and CSENet fee charge-back on line 11. You will continue to receive all fees in a consolidated bill. Fees will automatically be deducted from your state’s quarterly grant.
If you have any questions regarding fees, please contact Linda Deimeke at 202-401-5439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of our nation’s children.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers (w/o enclosures)