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Understanding and Using the CSENet Application

Data Exchange Through Standardized Transactions

Published: February 13, 2012
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Systems, Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet), Intergovernmental/Interstate
Types:
Guides/Publications/Reports
Tags:
Electronic Communication

The CSENet application enables the user community to transfer child support information electronically among 54 diverse state/territory CSE systems. Data exchange is accomplished through use of standardized transactions that provide a common basis for processing intergovernmental case activities.

The CSENet application is composed of custom-developed software and commercial off-the-shelf products. The application was specifically tailored to provide the CSENet user community with services and support for:

  • Accessing transactions
  • Verifying data integrity
  • Data analysis
  • State readiness testing
  • Exchange Agreements verification
  • Management Information (MI) reports.

The application's greatest assets lie in the improvement of intergovernmental case processing, in that it:

  • standardizes transactions
  • increases automation
  • reduces intergovernmental case processing time
  • improves the quality of case information sent to another state by providing data integrity checks to ensure that the information transmitted is complete
  • allows states to obtain case, participant and order information based on matches received from the Federal Case Registry (FCR)
  • increases intergovernmental collections

For in-depth information about the CSENet application, refer to Section 3 of the CSENet Interface Guidance Document (IGD). Additional details regarding software processing, programming tools and testing are also included in the document.