Annual Wage Record (AWR) Sweep Process Discontinued
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: December 20, 2013
TO: ALL STATE IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Annual Wage Record (AWR) Sweep Process Discontinued
For several years, the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) offered states an opportunity to match your entire caseload against the Social Security Administration’s Annual Wage Records (AWR). We refer to this as an “AWR sweep.”
We recently conducted an analysis to determine the cost benefit of performing the sweep. The AWR data is available through our standard FPLS locate requests and the processing cost for a sweep is very expensive. Part of our analysis was to ask states if the sweep was an effective tool. In general, states did not find the sweep to be particularly helpful.
Therefore, we have decided to terminate the AWR sweep process. This change does not impact your ability to initiate and receive AWR data through the regular locate process. AWR Locate requests may still be submitted daily, either in batch through your state system’s automated interface with the FPLS or through the FPLS State Services Portal.
Many states have reported that you are still looking at effective ways to obtain independent verification of the AWR data in compliance with 26 USC 6103 (l) (8) and IRS Publication 1075, Tax Information Security Guidelines for Federal, State, and Local Agencies. If anyone has implemented an effective way to perform the verification, please let us know and we will share it with other states.
If you have questions, please contact your FPLS State Technical Support Liaison.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers