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E-IWO Implementation and Amendment of Title IV-D State Plan Preprint Page 3.8-3

AT-14-12

Published: October 15, 2014
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Employer Responsibilities, Electronic Income Withholding Orders (e-IWO)
Types:
Policy, Action Transmittals (AT)

ACTION TRANSMITTAL

AT-14-12

DATE: October 15. 2014

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

SUBJECT: E-IWO Implementation and Amendment of Title IV-D State Plan Preprint Page 3.8-3

ATTACHMENT: Amended State Plan Preprint Page 3.8-3

Section 454 and 466 of the Social Security Act (Act) set forth the requirements for a state plan and plan amendments for the child support program.  As a condition of receiving federal financial participation, the state child support agency must have an approved state plan describing the nature and scope of the child support program, and which meets all federal requirements.  The state plan consists of the preprinted state plan pages and any related attachments and contains information necessary for the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to determine whether a state plan can be approved. 

Section 306 in Public Law 113-183, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, made changes to sections 454A of the Act, which is referenced in the state plan.  Specifically, §454A(g)(1) was amended to require states to use the statewide automated system to transmit income withholding orders (IWOs) electronically, at the option of the employer, using the electronic transmission methods prescribed by the Secretary. 

The electronic transmission of IWOs will increase processing efficiency and improve the speed with which payments are made to families by:

  • reducing the time from IWO preparation to employer processing;
  • reducing errors that can occur through manual processing;
  • reducing cost of postage and processing of paper documents; and
  • providing an ongoing communications link between child support agencies and employers should additional actions be necessary.

In accordance with the statute, OCSE prescribes that states must use the OCSE e-IWO process.  OCSE has provided the following guidance on the electronic transmission methods.  These links provide helpful information for states and employers participating in e-IWO.

If your state has not yet implemented e-IWO, we are available to provide technical assistance and guidance to support your e-IWO development efforts.  Please contact Sherri Grigsby if you have any questions regarding e-IWO.

APPROVAL OF STATE PLAN

States must submit page 3.8-3, Statewide Automated Data Processing and Information Retrieval System, no later than December 31, 2015, along with a completed transmittal notice form (OCSE-21-U4) to the appropriate OCSE Regional Program Manager attesting to compliance with the requirements set forth on the page.

RELATED REFERENCES: None

ACTION REQUIRED: Submit state plan preprint page 3.8-3 no later than December 31, 2015.

INQUIRIES TO: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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