Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) Release 02-02 Summary

September 2002

Release 02-02 contains two enhancements to the FCR:

  1. Allow states the option of receiving the NDNH Proactive Match Response record, with the employer or employee address provided to the NDNH by the source, when the address does not pass address-scrubbing routines. Included are both FCR-to-NDNH and NDNH-to-FCR proactive matches.1 An address scrubbing code provided in the response record allows states to identify which addresses failed scrubbing as well as those that were scrubbed. By giving states the option to receive addresses that failed scrubbing, the decision as to how to use such addresses rests with the states.
  1. Eliminate the return of NDNH Locate Response records containing blank employee addresses. If an NDNH Locate Response record contains an employee record for which the employee’s address is blank, the FCR will not return that record. The elimination of blank addresses only applies to employee addresses, not employer addresses. This enhancement makes locate response processing consistent with proactive match response processing, which currently does not return an employee response record when the address is blank. Eliminating blank employee response records reduces the amount of information states need to process.

Release 02-02 contains three enhancements to the IRG:

  1. Provide 20 additional address descriptions for local Child Support Enforcement (CSE) offices. The additional address descriptions appear in the drop down box for county addresses. This change allows states to identify counties that have more than one locate child support office.
  1. Add the URLs to the state profile sections of the IRG. This change permits states to view other state’s laws and statutes by linking directly to each state’s statutory citation information. This enhancement was completed in August and is currently available.
  1. Increase the comment sections from 60 characters to 500 characters. States are now able to provide a better description of an address type and to identify areas of responsibility.

Release 02-02 contains five enhancements related to the Federal Offset system.

  1. Give states the ability to change the obligor’s name on a Federal Offset active case. This enhancement will improve the ability to collect offsets by allowing alias names to be submitted to FMS, maintain better data synchronization between OCSE and the states, and increase the likelihood of denying passports by allowing corrections to names.
  1. Give states the ability to change the obligor’s address on a Federal Offset active case. This enhancement will improve the ability to meet legal requirements to provide due process to the obligor.
  1. Give states the ability to change the obligor’s Case Number ID on a Federal Offset active case. This will help to improve the states' ability to track offsets to cases.
  1. Provide automated fee reversal state summary totals reports via CONNECT:Direct (C:D). This enhancement will eliminate the manual transfer of data between FMS and OCSE, eliminate manual processes to develop the report, and improve timing of data distribution to the states.
  1. State payments on prior year offsets will not be rejected when the accumulated payment amount is greater than the total offsets minus the total adjustments for that year. This will prevent the IRS from duplicating refunds to the obligor that have already been made by the states.

For a copy of the Release 02-02 Manifest or the detailed specifications regarding these modifications to the FCR, IRG, and Federal Offset systems, refer to the following OCSE website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/newhire/relmgt.htm.

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1FPLS systems use Finalist, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product from Pitney Bowes, to scrub addresses before transmitting them to the states.