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Fiscal Year 2014 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet

DCL-13-23

Published: October 21, 2013
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Systems, Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet), Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS)
Types:
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL)
Tags:
Electronic Communication, User Fees

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-13-23

DATE:  October 21, 2013

TO:  ALL STATE IV-D DIRECTORS

RE:  Fiscal Year 2014 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet

Dear Colleague:

This letter informs you of the annual user fees that each state will be assessed for use of the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and the Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet) for Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.  Enclosed are summaries of your state’s fees. [User fees for individual states are not available online.]

Under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is authorized to recover costs incurred in furnishing FPLS information at rates determined by the Secretary to be reasonable.  These fees recover only a portion of OCSE’s costs for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the FPLS and for implementing new capabilities to support the mission of the child support program.

Over the past nine years, the Continuous Service Improvements initiative has brought about many new tools and increased efficiencies for establishing and enforcing child support obligations.  In FY2014, OCSE will initiate projects to continue to enhance and expand the State Services Portal (SSP) and improve the quality and usability of FPLS data.  OCSE will also devote many of its resources to improving the overall telecommunications network.

In addition to the existing services provided through the portal such as Query Interstate Cases for Kids (QUICK) and the electronic Income Withholding Order, OCSE plans to analyze the possibilities for adding a user communication function and expand the amount of information available to the states through QUICK.  There is also a project in process to improve the overall security features of the SSP.  The states’ share of costs related to interstate telecommunications initiatives are included in the annual CSENet fee for which states will receive Federal Financial Participation reimbursement at the rate of 66 percent.

The FY2014 state FPLS and CSENet fees reflect an increase from FY2013.  The impact of sequestration on federal government funding has forced OCSE to increase FY2014 fees to all FPLS users in order to continue to provide the same level of services to our partners.  Costs savings in data center costs and development activities seen over the past few years have been realized, however, so FPLS fees have returned to approximately the level assessed at the beginning of FY2011.

The FPLS and CSENet fees for FY2014 are allocated based on each state’s IV-D caseload average for the most recent six-year period as reported on your OCSE-157 report.  Since all states can participate in FPLS services, CSENet, and other telecommunications systems, benefits are weighed in direct proportion to caseloads, and fees are allocated accordingly.

The FY2014 FPLS and CSENet user fees were assessed beginning October 1, 2013.  These user fees are to be paid on a quarterly basis in equal installments.  Using form OCSE-396A, report your FPLS fee charge-back on line 10 and CSENet fee charge-back on line 11.  You will continue to receive all fees in a consolidated bill.  Fees will automatically be deducted from your state’s quarterly grant.

If you have any questions regarding fees, please contact Linda Deimeke at 202-401-5439 or linda.deimeke@acf.hhs.gov. Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of our nation’s children.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers (without enclosures)