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Multistate Financial Data Match Specifications Handbook

Version 2.0

Published: January 12, 2015
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Other Private Partners, Financial Institutions
Federal Systems, Financial Institution Data Match
Guides/Publications/Reports, Technical References
Collection & Enforcement Systems

In 1996, the federal government mandated the Financial Institution Data Match (FIDM) program. It resulted in a partnership between the child support program and the nation’s financial institutions to identify financial accounts belonging to delinquent obligors. It requires each state to implement quarterly matching of delinquent noncustodial parents to the accounts maintained at financial institutions. 

This handbook establishes the specifications used to conduct this match. The data match specifications provide detailed information on the programming necessary to process and return files.

Last Reviewed: April 13, 2016