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FY 2010 Preliminary Data Report

DCL-11-06

Published: May 3, 2011
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-11-06

DATE: May 03, 2011

ATTACHMENT: FY 2010 Preliminary Data Report

TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS

RE: FY 2010 Preliminary Data Report

Dear Colleague:

Enclosed is a copy of the Child Support Enforcement Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Preliminary Report. This report provides financial and statistical information on the State Child Support Enforcement (CSE) and Tribal CSE Programs for FY 2010.

These reports are a great resource for the child support community. The data in these reports tell us how well or poorly we are doing, and help us to understand why. Many State, Tribal, and Federal staff worked to collect, summarize, and report these data. I encourage you to read and study this report.

The recent recession had a noticeable impact on the IV-D program. The total IV-D caseload and current assistance caseload, which began increasing in FY 2009, continued to increase in FY 2010. Total cases are up over 1 percent since FY 2008, and current assistance cases have increased over 7 percent since FY 2008. After a drop in collections in FY 2009 due to the downturn in the economy, State child support collections have increased slightly by 0.6 percent to $26.6 billion in FY 2010. However, despite this increase, total collections are still below the collections distributed in FY 2008. In addition, the proportion of cases with orders that had a collection decreased for the second year in a row. The proportion was over 72 percent in FY 2008. It dropped to 71 percent in FY 2009, and the proportion of cases with orders that had a collection in FY 2010 decreased to 70 percent. We also saw a decrease in administrative expenditures spent on the program for the second year in a row.

Some positive notes are collections distributed to families continue to increase. These collections increased by about 1 percent in FY 2010. The proportion of collections distributed to families was 94 percent in FY 2010. Only 6 percent of collections went to the State or Federal governments for assistance reimbursement. Support order establishment continues to improve, with percent of orders established hitting 80 percent.

We have also made great strides in the Tribal child support program. In FY 2010, there were 38 comprehensive Tribal child support programs. These Tribes reported over $27 million in child support collections distributed in FY 2010. This was a 35 percent increase over FY 2009. In addition, Tribes sent over $4 million in collections to States or other Tribes.

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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