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Final Rule: State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information


Published: September 30, 2008
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State/Local Child Support Agencies
Case Management, Locate
Policy, Action Transmittals (AT), Regulations



DATE: September 30, 2008

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

SUBJECT: Final Rule: State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information

ATTACHMENT: Attached is a Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2008 FR Vol. 73 No. 188 p. 56422 - 56446, which prescribes requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State IV-D agency safeguarding of confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. (Appendices A, B and C - Appearing on pages. 56439 - 56442)

BACKGROUND: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal title IV-D child support enforcement databases and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. Many States now have systems that support delivery of integrated services to allow greater sharing of data and prevent redundant collection of data to the degree allowed by Federal and State laws. This regulation spells out which authorized persons/programs can receive what authorized information for which authorized purpose.

References: 45 CFR Parts 302, 303, and 307

Effective Date: March 23, 2009

Inquiries: ACF OCSE Regional Program Managers

Margot Bean
Office of Child Support Enforcement