Clarification - Use of Presumptive Guidelines for Establishment of Support / Collection of Unreimbursed Assistance
June 26, 1993
TO: STATE AGENCIES ADMINISTERING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PLANS APPROVED UNDER TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND OTHER INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS
SUBJECT: Clarification of OCSE-AT-93-04 on Use of Presumptive Child Support Guidelines Process for Establishment of Support Awards / Collection of Unreimbursed Assistance.
BACKGROUND: On March 22, 1993, OCSE issued Action Transmittal OCSE-AT-93-04, which clarified OCSE policy regarding the use of presumptive child support guidelines for establishment of all prospective support orders and support awards for prior periods. It also makes clear that reimbursement of public assistance through the IV-D program must be based on support obligations established using presumptive guidelines.
CONTENT: We have received requests for further clarification concerning enforcement of existing judgments for back support in the amount of unreimbursed public assistance issued prior to the date of the action transmittal. Any support judgment for prior periods in the amount of unreimbursed public assistance which was established prior to March 22, 1993, may continue to be enforced and collected by the State under the IV-D program.
Federal funding at the 66 percent matching rate is available for these activities. States must distribute as IV-D collections and report on the OCSE-34 all payments applied to such judgments for prior periods.
RELATED OCSE-AT-93-04, dated March 22, 1993.
INQUIRIES: ACF Regional Administrators.
Robert C. Harris
Acting Deputy Director
Office of Child Support Enforcement