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)
1996 Policy Documents
- December 23, 1996Availability of Federal funding at the 90 percent and 80 percent FFP rates for costs incurred in automated systems
Final Rule: Revisions for the President's Reform Initiative; Certified Statewide Systems Deadline ExtensionDecember 23, 1996Reduces or eliminates mandated burdens on States and extends the deadline for having a certified computer systemNovember 12, 1996State plan preprint page extending deadline for computerized support enforcement system to October 1, 1997November 8, 1996OCSE recommends that States use the 1996 NCCUSL-adopted modified version for drafting State legislation to enact UIFSANovember 1, 1996PRWORA requires employers to report their newly hired employees to the State agencyOctober 28, 1996Announces the final rule permitting obligors to deduct child support from their income for Food Stamp eligibilityAugust 21, 1996Describes how to prepare a Child Support Recovery Act package for referral to a local US Attorney OfficesAugust 16, 1996Adjustments for federal share of collections and payment of incentives will now be on the quarterly grant awardsAugust 15, 1996Instructions for submitting requests for collection by the IRS through the Federal tax refund offset processAugust 5, 1996Provides the Military Services' enlistment policies on men who have acknowledged paternityJune 25, 1996Clarifies AT-96-01 about the use of OCSE-131 to claim charge-backs for pre-offset noticesMay 29, 1996Clarifies the procedures for obtaining medical support from military parentsMay 10, 1996Outlines the Small Business Act requirement for recipients of SBA assistance to not be delinquent in paying child supportMarch 11, 1996Announces reciprocating agreement with Ireland for the enforcement of child support obligationsFebruary 20, 1996Guidance and information related to extention of deadline for State's having an operational statewide systemFebruary 6, 1996Provides a guide to assist IV-D agencies with issues involving military personnelJanuary 31, 1996NPRM on credit reporting, extension of deadline for certified State systems and President's Reform InitiativeLast Reviewed: June 15, 2016