Fiscal Year 2020 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet


Publication Date: October 4, 2019



DATE: October 4, 2019

TO: State IV-D Directors

SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2020 User Fees for FPLS and CSENet

Dear Colleague:

This letter informs you that states will soon receive the FY 2020 user fees that the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement assesses each state for use of the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and the Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet). You will receive summaries of your state’s fees under separate cover.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 authorizes OCSE to recover costs incurred in furnishing FPLS information at rates determined by the Secretary to be reasonable. These fees recover only a portion of OCSE’s costs for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the FPLS and for implementing new capabilities to support the mission of the Child Support Enforcement program.

During FY 2020, OCSE plans to continue to expand and enhance the Child Support Portal and its applications, including an initiative to improve the overall user experience and to improve communication between child support agencies and other partners via the Portal. Additionally, OCSE will continue its infrastructure improvement initiatives in FY 2020, including efforts to modernize our batch systems to current technology.  The states’ share of costs related to interstate telecommunications initiatives are included in the annual CSENet fee for which states will receive federal financial participation reimbursement at the 66% rate.

OCSE allocates the FY 2020 FPLS and CSENet fees based on each state’s IV-D caseload average for the most recent six-year period as reported on its OCSE-157 report. Since all states can participate in FPLS services, CSENet, and other telecommunications systems, benefits are weighed in direct proportion to caseloads, and user fees are allocated accordingly.

FY 2020 FPLS and CSENet user fees will be assessed beginning October 1, 2019.  These user fees are to be paid on a quarterly basis in equal installments. Using form OCSE-396, report your FPLS fee charge-back on line 10 and CSENet fee charge-back on line 11. You will continue to receive all fees in a consolidated bill.  Fees will automatically be deducted from your state’s quarterly grant.

If you have questions regarding fees, please contact Linda Boyer at 202-401-5410 or Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of our nation’s children.


Scott M. Lekan
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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