OCSE Commissioner Vicki Turetsky oversees the child support program operated by each state and many tribes.
In 2009, Vicki Turetsky was appointed Commissioner for the Office of Child Support Enforcement. As Commissioner, her priorities include implementing family-centered strategies to support parental employment and involvement, modernizing federal and state technology to increase program efficiency, expanding the tribal child support program, and preparing for generational change.
Ms. Turetsky brings more than 30 years of experience as a public administrator and advocate for low-income families. She is a nationally recognized expert in family policy, and is instrumental in efforts to boost child support payments to families and establish realistic child support policies that encourage fathers to work and play an active parenting role. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Director of Family Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, and was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
She also has held positions at the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, MDRC, Union County Legal Services in New Jersey, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
She has received a number of honors, including the 2014 Burton Award for Government Service, 2006 NCSEA “Champion of Children” Award, and the 2000 OCSE “Lifelong Achievement” Award. In 2013, she was named by Newsweek as one of "30 Leaders in the Fight for Black Men." She also received one of the first Minnesota “STEP” Awards in 1987 cited by Osborne and Gaebler, Reinventing Government.
Read more about Commissioner Turetsky and OCSE on the Commissioner's Voice Blog.
Today, too many children in our country grow up without such support and guidance. A father's absence is felt by children, families, and communities in countless ways, leaving a hole that can have lasting effects. Their absence is also felt by mothers, who work overtime and double shifts, put food on the table, and care for children alone while trying to make ends meet. And it is felt in our communities, when boys grow up without male leaders to inspire them.
My Administration has made supporting fathers and their communities a priority. Last year on Father's Day, I announced the President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, a nationwide effort to support organizations that foster responsible fatherhood and help re-engage fathers in the lives of their children. We have bolstered community and faith-based programs that provide valuable support networks for fathers. We are also promoting work-life balances that benefit families, and partnering with businesses across America to create opportunities for fathers and their children to spend time together. And military leaders are joining in our efforts to help families keep in touch when a dad is deployed overseas, so the fathers who serve to protect all our children can stay connected to their own.
—Excerpt from President Obama’s Proclamation on Father’s Day 2011
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