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FY 2012 Preliminary Data Report Announcement

DCL-13-16

Published: August 15, 2013
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Tribal Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Reporting, OCSE-157 Annual Data Report, OCSE-34A Quarterly Report of Collections, OCSE-396A Financial Report, OCSE-75 Tribal Annual Data Report
Types:
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL)

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-13-16

DATE:  August 15, 2013

ATTACHMENT:  FY 2012 Preliminary Data Report

TO:  ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS

RE:  FY 2012 Preliminary Data Report

Dear Colleague:

Enclosed is a copy of the Child Support Enforcement Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preliminary Report.  This report provides financial and statistical information on the State Child Support and Tribal Child Support Programs for FY 2012.

The enclosed data and information represent a preliminary assessment of the program’s progress towards meeting our goals and objectives. The report provides data reported from all state and tribal child support programs and includes information on collections, expenditures, paternities, orders established, and other program statistics. This report is provided as a resource for the child support community.

Outcomes for FY 2012 remain mixed; our program has dealt with a great deal of uncertainty since the downturn in the economy that began in FY 2008.  Caseloads continued to decline in FY 2012.  However, despite decreases in both FY 2011 and 2012, the caseload remained higher than the FY 2008 pre-recession level.  The number of children served was 17.2 million in FY 2012, a decrease of one percent from FY 2011.  Child support collections increased for the third year in a row to $31.6 billion in FY 2012.  This was primarily due to a 1.5 percent increase in IV-D collections to $27.7 billion.  FY 2012 administrative expenditures were essentially the same as FY 2011 expenditures.  This is a change from the previous trend that saw expenditures decline for three years in a row.  However, we continue to see an overall decline in the number of state child support staff.  Staffing levels are down 9 percent since FY 2008.

In FY 2012, the child support program continued to build upon partnerships and collaborations with all parts of the social services community to ensure the best outcomes for children and families.  Through its work, the program remains a solid investment, bringing families $5.19 for every $1 states and the federal government spent on the program in FY 2012.  It is also worth noting that child support collections distributed to families continue to increase.  These collections increased by about 2 percent in FY 2012.  The proportion of collections distributed to families was over 94 percent in FY 2012.  Less than 6 percent of collections went to the state or federal governments to reimburse cash assistance.

We continue to make great strides in the tribal child support program. The number of comprehensive tribal programs continued to increase.  In FY 2012, we added 4 more tribes bringing the total number of comprehensive tribal child support programs to 45.  These tribes reported $42 million in child support collections distributed in FY 2012. This was a 4 percent increase over FY 2011 and a noteworthy accomplishment. 

The sustained performance in FY 2012 demonstrates the resilience and cost-effectiveness of child support programs during the economic recovery.  At the same time, we remain mindful that many agencies continue to grapple with difficult budget decisions.  We know that our services are needed by families now more than ever and that receipt of child support can reduce the need for government assistance.

Please note that the information in this report does not take into account the data reliability audits currently being conducted on incentive-related data items.  State officials should carefully review data to ensure that numbers included in this report agree with timely submissions to the Office of Child Support Enforcement.  Please contact regional offices with any concerns.

Sincerely, 

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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