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)
1993 Policy Documents
- December 17, 1993Provides the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-173)December 2, 1993Provides policy guidance on federal criminal non-support casesNovember 30, 1993Proposed rule requiring States to adopt laws and procedures for a simple civil process for voluntary acknowledgement of paternityNovember 26, 1993State plan preprint section 2.12-5-3, pages 1 and 2; procedures for voluntary acknowledgment of paternityNovember 4, 1993Provides informaiton on States' processes for administrative determination of paternitySeptember 21, 1993Reminder that the initial four year review and any necessary revisions to guidelines must be completed by 10/13/1993September 21, 1993Notes changes to OCSE-IM-93-03 concerning the role of the IV-D agency and its staff in delivering program servicesSeptember 9, 1993NPRM - audit of State IV-D programs and financial penalties for failure to comply with requirementsAugust 27, 1993OMB approved continued use of the form OCSE 131 through July 31, 1996August 16, 1993Extends use of the Federal income tax refund offset process to non-AFDC cases and amends safeguarding information requirementsAugust 13, 1993New law requires states to have laws and procedures for simple civil process for voluntary acknowledgment of paternityAugust 6, 1993Revisions to OCSE-34 form, added lines for information on medical support collections and fees by responding StatesAugust 3, 1993Provides a directory to help States identify genetic testing laboratoriesJuly 26, 1993OPM regulations on garnishment orders for child support/alimony and updating agents designated to receive legal processJuly 23, 1993Examines the role of the IV-D agency and its attorneys in delivering program services
Clarification - Use of Presumptive Guidelines for Establishment of Support / Collection of Unreimbursed AssistanceJune 26, 1993Clarification concerning enforcement of existing judgments for back support in the amount of unreimbursed public assistanceApril 27, 1993Describes how some States approach implementation and monitoring of Federal standards for program operationApril 5, 1993Addresses issues raised with implementing immediate withholding in non-IV-D casesMarch 25, 1993State Plan page 2.12, compliance with changes made by the final regulations on Review and AdjustmentMarch 22, 1993Clarification of policy on use of guidelines for establishing all prospective support awards and awards for prior periodsMarch 18, 1993Consolidates and addresses case closure questionsFebruary 22, 1993States not exempted from fees for electronic access to bankruptcy court records and filing fees in bankruptcy casesFebruary 16, 1993Corrections to the child support program final review and adjustment requirements published December 28, 1992January 26, 1993Submitting processing fees to FPLS for non-AFDC cases, locate only, and parental kidnapping/child custody casesJanuary 11, 1993Announces increase in net collections by nearly 23% from $525,358,798 in processing year 1991 to $644,853,906 in 1992Last Reviewed: June 15, 2016