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FY 2011 Preliminary Data Report Announcement

DCL-12-16

Published: October 31, 2012
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-12-16

DATE:  October 1, 2012

ATTACHMENT: FY 2011 Preliminary Data Report

TO:  ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS

RE:  FY 2011 Preliminary Data Report

Dear Colleague:

Attached is a copy of the Child Support Enforcement Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Preliminary Report.  This report provides financial and statistical information on the State Child Support and Tribal Child Support Programs for FY 2011.

The enclosed data and information represent a preliminary assessment of the program’s progress towards meeting our goals and objectives. The report provides reported data 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 2011 have been mixed; our program has dealt with a great deal of uncertainty since the downturn in FY 2008.  Some trends that began as a result of the recent recession were reversed, while others continued in FY 2011.  Caseloads declined slightly in FY 2011, but remained higher than FY 2009 levels.  Collections moved above the FY 2008 pre-recession high for the first time in FY 2011 to $27.3 billion.  Administrative expenditures spent on the program decreased for the third year in a row. In addition, the number of state child support enforcement staff decreased another 2 percent in FY 2011.  These numbers have been declining since FY 2006.

In FY 2011, 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 $5.12 in FY 2011 for every $1 states and the federal government spent on the program.  Also, noteworthy is that child support collections distributed to families continue to increase.  These collections increased by about 3 percent in FY 2011.  The proportion of collections distributed to families was 94 percent in FY 2011.  Only 6 percent of collections went to the state or federal governments to reimburse cash assistance.  Support order establishment continues to improve, with percent of cases with orders established hitting 81 percent.

We have also made great strides in the Tribal Child Support Program.  In FY 2011, we added 3 more tribes bringing the total number of comprehensive tribal child support programs to 42 tribes.  These tribes reported over $36 million in child support collections distributed in FY 2011, even though most tribal programs are 4 years old or less.  This was a 17 percent increase over FY 2010.

The sustained performance in FY 2011 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. 

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