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Clinger Cohen Review of Expanded Federal Parent Locator Service

DCL-01-42

Published: August 7, 2001
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Systems, Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS)
Types:
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL)

Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
Office of Child Support Enforcement

DCL-01-42

DATE: August 7, 2001

TO: All IV-D Directors:

RE: Clinger Cohen Review of Expanded Federal Parent Locator Service

Dear Colleague:

As originally announced during the annual automation conferences in Seattle, WA on April 2, 2001, and Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2001, the OCSE expanded Federal Parent Locator System (FPLS) will be undergoing an independent life cycle review in compliance with Federal law. This review is being conducted as required by the provisions of the Clinger Cohen Act and OMB Circular A-130.

The ACF Office of Administration has competitively selected the firm Booz-Allen and Hamilton to conduct the review. The review began on August 2, 2001 with an entrance interview with OCSE staff. The review will run approximately five months. It will be followed by a second phase that will develop recommendations for future child support enforcement automated systems functions and activities. To fully understand the development and operation of the current system and options for future actions, the independent contractor will be interviewing a number of State IV-D Program directors and staff. We encourage you to participate in these on-site visits. In addition, all states are encouraged to voluntarily share their experiences and vision for the automated systems utility. The contractor will be providing a method for you to share your input.

To ensure uninterrupted provision of critical status quo services, OCSE has awarded a one-year systems management contract to SRA, Inc. beginning on June 1, 2001. In addition, to ensure smooth operation during this period, OCSE transferred 12 Federal staff to support current basic services to states and other Federal agencies. Additional support is being provided with regular management reviews to ensure that every resource is provided to the automated systems staff.

ACF and OCSE remain committed to the effective operation of the expanded FPLS. Our commitment will remain even if activities are carried out in a new and different manner following the review

As previously stated, please contact me directly if you have any concerns or encounter problems during this period.

Sincerely,

Frank Fuentes
Acting Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement