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Invitation to Engage in Written Consultation Concerning OCSE-75

Tribal Leader Letter

Published: October 9, 2012
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Tribal Child Support Agencies
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Tribal Leader Letter

Dear Tribal Leader:

This letter is an invitation to tribal leaders to engage in written consultation concerning proposed revisions to the form OCSE-75, Tribal Child Support Enforcement Annual Data Report.  Your comprehensive tribal child support program uses form OCSE-75 to report certain statistical and financial information to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) each year.  OCSE has authority to establish regulations to request this information under 42 U.S.C. 655(f).  Federal regulations at 45 CFR 309.170(b) lists the information that tribes are required to report.

Background

In response to questions and concerns raised by the tribes regarding tribal reporting, we recently held a series of conversations  with tribal child support program directors to discuss tribal reporting issues.  See TDCL 12-01, and TDCL 12-02, for more information on the tribal reporting conversations.  We shared information and gathered feedback from the tribal child support community on how to paint an accurate picture of the tribal child support programs through reporting and plan for possible future revisions to the reporting forms.  As a result of those conversations, we adopted a two-pronged approach.

The first step (short-term) is to make some minor changes to the current OCSE-75 reporting form before it expires in July 2013.  The revisions to the form do not require any changes to the regulations.  Prior to submitting these revisions through the formal process, with publication in the Federal Register and OMB approval of the revised form, we invite you to consult with us concerning these proposed changes.

OCSE resources permitting, the second step (long-term) is to hire a consultant to study the issue of tribal reporting and determine the best way to tell the tribal child support story.  This includes recommendations regarding what data tribes should report to OCSE.  This process could result in a complete overhaul to the reporting form and would possibly require changes to the regulations. Thus, this tribal collaboration project is considered a long-term solution, and OCSE and tribal directors are working to determine how best to implement this project.

Current request for written comments

Enclosed is a draft copy of the proposed form and instructions as well as a copy of a handout that highlights the proposed changes to the form.  The current form and instructions are available on our website. We encourage you to comment on the changes to both the form and the instructions.

How to submit written comments

I am committed to effective and meaningful consultation with the tribesFor this consultation, please send your written comments and recommendations to Dennis Putze at the address below or by email to OCSETribalConsultation@acf.hhs.gov by January 11, 2013.

Dennis Putze
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Division of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
4th Floor, Aerospace Building
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC• 20447

Your input will support our consultation process to ensure that program policies that impact tribal programs are developed in accordance with consultation policy.

Sincerely,


Vicki Turetsky,
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc:  Tribal IV-D Directors
ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers