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)
1984 Policy Documents
- December 26, 1984Instructions for obtaining 90 percent federal financial participation (FFP) to automate additional system functionsNovember 23, 1984Requirements to claim federal matching funds for obtaining automatic data processing (ADP) equipment and servicesSeptember 19, 1984Requires states to charge an application fee for providing non-AFDC child support servicesSeptember 19, 1984Announces interim final rule for distribution change in AFDC cases and changes to the AFDC programAugust 31, 1984Implements the computerized child support enforcement system provisions in section 405 of P. L. 96-265August 30, 1984Revised application form to request full collection services from the Internal Revenue ServiceJune 7, 1984Eliminates double payments to families that become ineligible for Aid to Families with Dependent ChildrenMarch 27, 1984Withholding unemployment benefits for support purposes and revision of program instruction for this requirementMarch 8, 1984Guidance on processing child or child and spousal support allotments for PHS commissioned officers
Final Rule: Conditions for Imposition of Remedial Actions Applicable to Letter of Credit AdministrationJanuary 18, 1984Describes requirements regarding imposition of remedial actions against recipients of grants and contracts