Effective information technology is critical to the success of the child support program. OCSE, in cooperation with states, tribes, employers, and other private organizations and federal agencies, develops systems that help child support agencies locate parents, establish paternity, custody and visitation, collect support, and identify fraud.
We also monitor and certify state and tribal automated child support systems, and provide technical support to help programs run efficiently, effectively, and economically.
Find technical and user documentation, categorized by system or family of systems, that explain both general and specific details of our systems, related functionalities, and enhancements.
Federal systems collect locate information, provide federal enforcement remedies, and facilitate secure communications and data exchange. We also have a secure Portal for child support caseworkers, employers, insurers, and financial institutions to exchange information about child support cases.
State child support programs must follow specific policies and procedures to receive funding approval to plan, design, develop, implement, and operate automated child support systems. With the goal of fostering system efficiency and effectiveness, OCSE offers guidance and technical assistance throughout the design, development and implementation stages of system lifecycle, and provides review and monitoring of the systems.
Tribal child support programs that want to operate an automated data processing system have several options: implement an Intergovernmental Agreement, use the Model Tribal System or join a consortium. We offer assistance to help you succeed in automating your child support program.