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Required Data Elements for Paternity Establishment Affidavits and Voluntary Establishment of Paternity

AT-11-08

Published: July 27, 2011
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Case Management, Paternity Establishment
Types:
Policy, Action Transmittals (AT)

ACTION TRANSMITTAL

AT-11-08

DATE: July 27, 2011

TO: State Agencies Administering Child Support Enforcement Plans under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act and Other Interested Individuals.

Subject: Required Data Elements for Paternity Establishment Affidavits (0970-0171) and Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (0970-0175)

Background: Final regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 10, 1999 (64 FR 11802) resulting from the efforts of a task group composed of federal and state staff established by the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend minimum data elements and information requirements for all state paternity acknowledgment affidavits. A complete list of required and optional data elements appears in Appendix A of OCSE-AT-98-02.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families recently solicited public comment on whether these information collections [Control Numbers 0970-0171 and 0970-0175] should continue. Public notices soliciting comments were published in the Federal Register [September 29, 2010 (75 FR 60129), October 5, 2010 (75 FR 61490), March 24, 2011 (76 FR 16630), and March 25, 2011 (76 FR 16795)]. No comments were received in response to these public notices.

REFERENCES: Section 452(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires the Department of Health and Human Services to specify the minimum requirements of an affidavit to be used for the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity. In addition, section 466(a)(5)(C)(iv) of the Act requires states to enact laws requiring the development and use of an affidavit for the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The Office of Management and Budget reviewed and approved these information collections. Information collection 0970-0171 will expire June 30, 2014, and 0970-0175 will expire July 31, 2014.

INQUIRIES: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: Tribal IV-D Agencies