DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
ATTACHMENT: Questions and Answers on Pilot Testing the Model Tribal System (MTS)
DATE: Dec 12, 2008
TO: ALL TRIBAL LEADERS OPERATING PROGRAMS UNDER SECTION 455(F) OF TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
RE: Solicitation of Interest to Pilot Test the Model Tribal System
This letter is a nationwide solicitation of interest to all Comprehensive Tribal IV-D programs. We are looking for one Comprehensive Tribal IV-D program to volunteer to be a Pilot Test Site for operational testing of the Model Tribal System (MTS) to verify and validate that the system is complete, operational, and ready for distribution nationwide.
Since November of 2007, OCSE has been engaged in developing the MTS. We recently completed programming and internal testing of the MTS this past October. Therefore, we are now prepared to conduct a full-scale "Pilot Test" of the system. This Pilot Test will determine the extent to which the system fulfills its intended purpose as an automated child support enforcement system for Tribal IV-D programs.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to federally reimburse any costs related to the installation and pilot testing of the MTS without publication of the Final Rule for Computerized Tribal IV-D Systems and Office Automation. Nevertheless, we are seeking one Comprehensive Tribal IV-D program willing to volunteer to take on the role and responsibilities of pilot testing the MTS, at its own expense. OCSE will provide training, technical assistance, operational oversight, and support during this critical testing process. The Comprehensive Tribal IV-D program selected will need both experienced caseworkers and capable information technology (IT) support services to support the Tribe’s installation and operation of the MTS Pilot Test. The Pilot Test is expected to last three months.
Please read the enclosed Questions and Answers on Pilot Testing the Model Tribal System (MTS). If your Tribal IV-D program has the desire and the necessary staff, IT support and, most importantly, fiscal resources to perform this vitally important function, I encourage you to volunteer. Your application response should include the information that meets the Pilot Test Site criteria described in Question and Answer 14, along with a cover letter signed by an authorized executive of your Tribal government committing your Tribal IV-D program’s time and resources, for a minimum of three months, to be the MTS Pilot Test Site.
Please submit the cover letter and requested information to my attention no later than December 31, 2008. We will make an announcement regarding the selection of a Pilot Test Site in early January 2009.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Project Director for the MTS development effort, Joseph Bodmer, at (202) 690-1234.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: Tribal IV-D Directors
Regional Program Managers, OCSE