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)
2009 Policy Documents
- December 14, 2009Announces Minor Release 09-02 which includes enhancements to CSENet, FCR, the Federal Offset system, IRG, and QUICK
Submittal of the OCSE-157 Report for FY 2009 and Resubmission of FY 2008 Unreliable and Incomplete DataDecember 1, 2009Submit OCSE-157 report for FY 09 and resubmit FY 08 data found to be incomplete or unreliable by Dec 31, 2009December 1, 2009Canadian provinces need 3 certified copies of orders to process a case effectivelyNovember 30, 2009Clarifies current policy on how to accurately report information on Line 2, Line 3, and Line 4 when completing the OCSE-75 reportNovember 23, 2009Provides the Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2009-20, to include offset of USDA FSA/CCC paymentsOctober 29, 2009Provides Federal Offset Collections Report Cycle 2009-19, to include offsets of USDA FSA paymentsSeptember 17, 2009Issues data submission requirements for FY 2009 OCSE Data Reliability AuditsAugust 27, 2009Summary of research projects on NCPs assuming financial and emotional responsibility for their childrenAugust 25, 2009Responds to a question regarding the use of electronic signature on applications for IV-D servicesAugust 25, 2009Outlines different types of federal payments that can be garnished to pay child support obligations, chart attachedAugust 18, 2009Updates referral forms and procedures for submitting requests to PSOC for Federal criminal prosecutionAugust 14, 2009Farm Service Agency Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) payments eligible for Federal administrative offsetAugust 14, 2009Clarification on redirection of payments and other issues relating to Private Collection Agencies (PCAs)July 28, 2009Information about assignment of rights and distribution of support collections under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005July 27, 2009Provides instructions to obtain online access to new hire data summary reportsJuly 10, 2009Israel has been declared a “foreign reciprocating country” or FRC for child support enforcementJune 8, 2009Reminder to States of upcoming telecommunication changes so resources can be scheduled accordinglyJune 5, 2009PAID In Full #9 provides summaries of State practices related to incarcerated parentsJune 3, 2009Provides the Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2009-08, including offset of Economic Recovery PaymentsMay 1, 2009A summary of successful child support program and organizational practices
Setting Appropriate Child Support Orders, a Report from the National Judicial-Child Support Task ForceApril 21, 2009Issues report from the National Judicial-Child Support Task Force on setting appropriate child support ordersApril 19, 2009Encourages Tribal IV-D programs to apply early for funding to attend the National CSE Strategic Planning MeetingApril 13, 2009Checklist to help Tribal IV-D programs in the start-up phase ensure necessary documentation is included in the applicationApril 3, 2009FPLS Major Release includes enhancements to CSENet, e-IWO, FCR, the Federal Offset system, IRG, and QUICKMarch 26, 2009Announces the release of the "Web-Based Child Support Customer Services for Parents, Promising Practices Guide"
Revisions to Expenditure Reporting Instructions for FY 2009 and 2010 to Accommodate Public Law 111-5March 26, 2009Revises expenditure reporting instructions for FY 2009 and 2010 to accommodate ARRA provisions on incentivesMarch 26, 2009Clarifies that one-time Economic Recovery Payments are subject to administrative offset to collect delinquent debtsMarch 16, 2009Revised formula to calculate the cost-effectiveness ratio and incentive collection base for incentive purposesFebruary 25, 2009Announces the release of the automated OCSE Self-Assessment Reporting SystemFebruary 19, 2009Provides Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2009-01B, to include offsets of Economic Stimulus PaymentsFebruary 17, 2009Provides a Caseworker's Guide to assist with the implementation of federal-level international child support agreementsFebruary 10, 2009Provides guidance tools for use in promoting PAID, #7 for interstate best practices and #8 for data returned from the FPLSFebruary 10, 2009Clarifies instructions for Line 29 on the OCSE-157 report based on the new required assignment provisions under DRAJanuary 29, 2009Announcing the partial masking of noncustodial parent's social security numbers on pre-offset noticesJanuary 15, 2009Provides the final Federal Offset Collections Report for processing year 2008, OCSE Cycle 2008-25January 13, 2009Provides a Caseworker's Guide to assist with the implementation of federal-level international child support agreementsLast Reviewed: June 15, 2016