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)
1981 Policy Documents
- November 5, 1981Clarifies procedures on the proper submittal of state plan materialOctober 7, 1981Procedures for technical provision in P.L. 97-35 providing for delayed implementation dateOctober 2, 1981Clarifies availability of FFP in allowable state expenditures made before September 30, 1978September 14, 1981Statutory provisions with respect to child support obligations not discharged in bankruptcy (Public Law 97-35)September 11, 1981Provides a definition of the term "short term training" as used in 45 CFR 304.21(a)(2) and 304.23(d)August 5, 1981Treatment of assigned child support payments received by AFDC applicants or recipients, correction to AT-81-07July 13, 1981Amendment to HHS grants administration regulation implementing cost principles for nonprofit organizationsJune 15, 1981Use of the Federal Parent Locator Service in parental kidnapping and child custody casesMay 28, 1981FPLS transmittal letter amended to reference penalties for unauthorized disclosure of informationMay 28, 1981Requests to the FPLS for information on absent parentsMarch 27, 1981Procedures when IV-A recipient receives chilld support payments when there is a valid assignmentMarch 9, 1981Circular 74-4 reissued under Circular A-87 - Cost Principles of State and Local GovernmentFebruary 26, 1981Final rule by HHS which establishes a two year time limit for a state to file a claim for FFPFebruary 10, 1981Final rule permitting optional use of current rate FFP to distribute arrearage collectionsJanuary 29, 1981Final rule which amends 45 CFR 304.20 to provide FFP for non-AFDC related expendituresLast Reviewed: June 15, 2016