Commissioner's Voice Blog

In the Commissioner's Voice blog, OCSE Commissioner Scott Lekan shares messages directly with the child support community. Occasionally, the blog will feature a guest writer in Perspectives from the Field, where a child support director will share an innovation or initiative from their state. The blog is reprinted from the Commissioner’s Voice column in the Child Support Report newsletter.

Commissioner's Voice Blog

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Broadening Our Reach in the Gig Economy

October 25, 2018

Leaders are looking at the rise in parents taking side hustles and its effects on families in the child support program

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Putting Families in the Center: Better Outcomes by Planning Up

August 28, 2018

Commissioner Lekan recaps his discussion with Mishaela Duran about a new ReImagine HHS initiative called Aim for Independence

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Partnering with Fathers

June 29, 2018

Commissioner Lekan reflects on the importance of fathers

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Working Proudly Beside You

May 30, 2018

Commissioner Lekan talks about the strength of character it takes to work in public service

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Voices from the Field — Research Grants

April 30, 2018

OCSE Division Director Barbara Lacina highlights three federal child support grants and shares quotes from participants

OCSE Commissioner Scott Lekan at NCSEA Policy Forum leading a plenary session.

Finding Collaborative Opportunities

March 29, 2018

Partnerships across the federal government bolster the work of the child support community to help unemployed parents

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A History Lesson on Perseverance and Common Goals

February 13, 2018

As Commissioner Lekan focuses in on OCSE’s internal goals, he shares a story about working together through challenges

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Working with Veterans and our Native American Tribal Programs

December 11, 2017

Commissioner Lekan celebrates accomplishments across the child support community as we wrap up the year

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Illinois Implements New Guidelines Under Tight Deadline

October 31, 2017

Director Pamela Lowry shares how Illinois implemented new child support guidelines

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Taking the Helm - Moving Child Support Forward

September 27, 2017

In his first Voice blog, Commissioner Lekan talks about becoming commissioner and shares some of his program goals


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