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Final Rule on the Child Support Provisions in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005


Published: December 11, 2008
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Case Management, Collections/Distribution/State Disbursement Unit (SDU), Paternity Establishment, Review and Modification
Policy, Action Transmittals (AT), Regulations
Deficit Reduction Act, Collection & Enforcement Systems



DATE: December 11, 2008

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

SUBJECT: Final Rule on the Child Support Provisions in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA)

ATTACHMENT: Attached is the Final Rule as published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2008 (73 FR 74898)

SUMMARY: This final rule addresses:

  • use of the Federal Tax Refund Offset program to collect past-due child support on behalf of children who are not minors;
  • mandatory review and adjustment of child support orders for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • reduction of the Federal matching rate for laboratory costs incurred in determining paternity;
  • States' option to pay more child support collections to former-assistance families;
  • the mandatory annual $25 fee in certain child support enforcement cases in which the State has collected and disbursed at least $500 of support to the family; and makes other conforming changes necessary to implement changes to the distribution and disbursement requirements.

REFERENCES: 45 CFR 301, 302, 303, 304

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 9, 2009

INQUIRIES: ACF OCSE Regional Program Managers

Margot Bean
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: Tribal IV-D Directors