FY 2013 Preliminary Data Report Announcement
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: May 1, 2014
ATTACHMENT: FY 2013 Preliminary Data Report
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: FY 2013 Preliminary Data Report
Attached is a copy of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Preliminary Data Report, which provides financial and statistical information on the state child support programs for FY 2013. Please note that we have revised the preliminary report in order to provide you with more timely data. We have provided only the data tables rather than detailed analysis and charts. We also expanded the number of tables to include all the data tables normally provided in the Annual Report to Congress. You will also notice that we are not including tribal data in this report. Tribal data will be reported in the newly formatted Annual Report to Congress, where each tribe will be featured individually so that the tribes may tell their unique stories.
The attached data and information represent a preliminary assessment of the program’s progress toward meeting our goals and objectives. The report provides data reported from all state child support programs and includes information on collections, expenditures, paternities, orders established, and other program statistics. It is provided as a resource for the child support community.
Outcomes for FY 2013 remain mixed; our program has dealt with a great deal of uncertainty since the downturn in the economy that began in FY 2008. Caseloads increased in FYs 2009 and 2010, but they have been declining since then. The caseload declined by 1 percent in FY 2013. The number of children served was 16.9 million in FY 2013, a decrease of over 1 percent from FY 2012. Total child support collections (IV-D and non-IV-D) increased to $31.9 billion in FY 2013, a 1 percent increase over FY 2012. Distributed collections were $28.0 billion and collections forwarded to non-IV-D cases were $3.9 billion. Administrative expenditures declined 1.3 percent over FY 2012.
In FY 2013, 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 $5.31 for every $1 spent on the program in FY 2013 by states and the federal government. It is also worth noting that child support collections distributed to families continue to increase. These collections increased by 1.7 percent in FY 2013. The proportion of collections distributed to families was nearly 95 percent. Only 5 percent of collections went to the state or federal governments to reimburse cash assistance in FY 2013.
The sustained performance in FY 2013 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.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers