Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) Release
Release 02-02 contains two enhancements to the FCR:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
1FPLS systems use Finalist, a commercial
off-the-shelf (COTS) product from Pitney Bowes, to scrub addresses
before transmitting them to the states.