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)
1987 Policy Documents
- October 23, 1987Procedures for applying for enhanced funds and provides system requirements of a statewide systemSeptember 23, 1987Proposed rule requires support payments be entitled to full faith and credit and not subject to retroactive modificationSeptember 8, 1987Announces final rule regarding federal funding for costs of incarceration of absent parents and cost of counsel for indigentsAugust 27, 1987Announces reduction in FFP rate for administrative costs incurred in operation of Title IV-D in FY1988July 1, 1987Clarifies the reimbursement of maintenance costs for CSE systems developed under enhanced FFP ratesApril 22, 1987Announces the revision of several chapter headings currently contained in 45 CFR and reflects the placement of certain programsJanuary 15, 1987Changes requirements for claiming FFP for acquisition of ADP equipment/services in the administration of Title IV programsJanuary 15, 1987Revises regulations governing grants to States for public assistance programs and FFP for child support programs