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National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) contract with OCSE

DCL-11-21

Published: November 28, 2011

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-11-21

DATE: Nov 28, 2011

TO: ALL STATE IV-D DIRECTORS

RE: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) contract with OCSE

Dear Colleague:

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement awarded a 2-year contract to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in September. The NCSL is a bi-partisan organization that serves legislators and staffs across the states, commonwealths and territories providing research and technical assistance to policymakers and ensuring state legislatures have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system, among other priorities.

The primary focus of the contract is to educate and inform state legislators about the importance of child support as a family self-sufficiency program and its evolving mission and policies. NCSL will create an online clearinghouse for state legislators with resources on child support policy, financing, laws, research, and promising practices. A few technical assistance visits to states are included in the contract with an option to add more.

NCSL contract group director, Jack Tweedie, and contract Project Manager, Rochelle Finzel, are available to answer questions and discuss how your agency communicates with state legislators and participates in the state legislative process. If appropriate, they may also be able to attend some of the OCSE Regional State Directors’ meetings in the coming year to have more in-depth discussion.

You may contact Jack and Rochelle directly at Jack.Tweedie@ncsl.org and Rochelle.Finzel@ncsl.org to begin conversations. Alzata Ross is the OCSE Project Officer; please do not hesitate to contact her at Alzata.Ross@acf.hhs.gov if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: Regional Program Managers

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