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The child support program plays many roles in minority health

Two major health care dates are approaching rapidly: October 2013 when the Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment and January 2014 when health coverage begins. Have you considered what this means to your program? Many of the families we serve … Continue reading

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Three Tiers—a roadmap of strategies to improve program performance

High performing states use a mix of strategies to boost child support performance. These strategies can be grouped into three tiers. They are:  Focus on the fundamentals. Make sure that computer systems, new hire reporting, and income withholding (e-IWO) are … Continue reading

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Statistics are critical to our program

I just learned (via the U.S. Census Bureau) that 2013 is International Year of Statistics. A page full of statistics can be scary to some, but statistics is one of my favorite words. In OCSE, we have a division of … Continue reading

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Setting our sights high in 2013

This New Year, I want to first congratulate all of you—child support professionals in state, tribal and local agencies, and in OCSE offices around the country—for setting your sights high on helping children, parents and families throughout 2012, and succeeding … Continue reading

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Model Tribal System readying for launch

Today 58 tribes operate start-up or comprehensive child support programs—10 more than a year ago. These tribal programs are reaching custodial and noncustodial parents in their communities, helping them support their children financially and enrich their children’s lives emotionally, in … Continue reading

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Change management in the child support program

“Managing change in the workplace” is a catchphrase in today’s government and business worlds. Within our child support community, we, too, are exploring ways to manage change in our program.    In many ways, the child support program exemplifies a “culture … Continue reading

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New poverty data matter to our program

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual household income report, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. Each year, child support professionals eagerly anticipate this release as we develop our priorities and projects … Continue reading

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Preparing for an emergency

When an earthquake shook the East Coast a year ago, damage in DC was minimal, although OCSE staff was a bit rattled. However, the experiences of many of our colleagues in child support offices around the country have been far … Continue reading

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Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions

June 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Turner v. Rogers case. (See the July 2012 Child Support Report.)  Mr. Turner, the noncustodial parent, was ordered to pay $51.73 per week in child support. … Continue reading

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On Father’s Day, the importance of being a father

The role of fathers in the American family is changing. Fathers who live with their children are spending more time with them and taking part in a wider range of activities, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis. Almost … Continue reading

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