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National Child Support Guiding Principles and Strategies Working Document


Published: June 10, 2010
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Tribal Child Support Agencies
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL)
National Strategic Plan



DATE: June 10, 2010

ATTACHMENT: National Child Support Guiding Principles and Strategies


RE: National Child Support Guiding Principles and Strategies Working Document

Dear Colleagues:

For many years, OCSE has used a consensus-based approach to develop a truly national strategic plan for the child support program. The national group that developed a draft strategic plan to carry us forward for the next five years has ably carried out its charge to develop a plan that reflects the shared principles, strategies, and performance measures relied on by federal, state, local and tribal child support programs.

At the same time, we recognize the importance of other key stakeholders in the child support program. The child support strategic plan is only one component of a broader strategic planning process undertaken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families.

Recognizing the high degree of interest in the current status of the draft plan and the operational importance of strategic planning to the child support program, we are pleased to share this working document with you. The working document contains a set of draft principles and strategies developed by the national group through the consensus-based process. OCSE will use this working document to help inform our next strategic plan.

Since the national group developed the principles and strategies contained in this working document, Congress had passed health insurance reform legislation and has begun to hold hearings on TANF reauthorization legislation. In addition, technological advances and resource constraints are impacting the way we do business. This larger policy, fiscal, and operational context will help to set the future direction of the child support program.

Because we take strategic planning so seriously, I want to make sure that our next plan stays true to the program’s consensus-building approach, while recognizing that our mission, vision, and responsibilities are evolving.


Vicki Turetsky
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers