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Obtaining Additional Data Elements from DoD

DCL-10-02

Published: March 8, 2010
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Case Management, Order Establishment, Review and Modification
Types:
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL)
Tags:
Department of Defense (DOD)

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-10-02

DATE: March 8, 2010

TO: STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS STATE CHILD ACCESS AND VISITATION PROGRAM COORDINATORS

RE: Obtaining Additional Data Elements from DoD

Dear Colleague:

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is exploring the possibility of acquiring detailed entitlement and allotment data from the Department of Defense (DoD) in response to requests from state child support enforcement (CSE) agencies. The purpose of this letter is to bring you up to date on our progress, and to let you know that we will be contacting you to discuss the entitlements your state uses to establish or modify child support orders for DoD service members.

The QW data now submitted by DoD to the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) contains the service member’s gross base pay, including all entitlements in a quarterly lump sum. This QW data does not provide sufficient information to those state CSE agencies that consider only certain entitlements to establish or modify a child support order since the individual entitlement amounts are unknown.

When a military service member does not provide a leave and earnings statement or appear for an appointment, some state CSE agencies use the QW data to set a default order or may rely on other means to obtain income information including subpoenas or legal proceedings. These methods delay and/or set unrealistic child support orders that can adversely impact service members, custodial parents and children. The DoD understands that providing the detailed entitlement information to state CSE agencies can positively affect its service members that pay child support as well as the custodial parents that receive it.

OCSE provides employment information to state CSE agencies through the Federal Case Registry. We are mindful of state CSE agencies’ budgetary constraints. To eliminate additional development costs, we will provide the capability to view the DoD entitlement information via a web-based application.

We will continue to keep you apprised as more information becomes available. In the interim, please provide the information for the contact within your state to Sherri Grigsby at sherri.grigsby@acf.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement cc: OCSE Regional Program Managers