FY 2021 FPLS and CSENet User Fees
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: October 16, 2020
TO: State IV-D Directors
SUBJECT: FY 2021 FPLS and CSENet User Fees
This letter informs you that states will soon receive the FY 2021 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 program.
During FY 2021, OCSE is projecting increased operations and maintenance costs for its systems and supporting contracts. The added operational costs are resulting in a fee increase for all data matching partners, including state child support agencies.
To offset these increases, we are limiting development activities during this period to mission critical enhancements and infrastructure upgrades that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems and services provided to states. Included in the enhancements planned for FY 2021 is a communication system within the Child Support Portal and a new application that will allow states to send National Medical Support Notices to employers electronically. Additionally, we will continue infrastructure improvement initiatives in FY 2021, including efforts to modernize our batch systems to current technology. The state’s share of costs related to interstate telecommunications initiatives is included in the annual CSENet fee for which the state will receive federal financial participation reimbursement at the 66% rate.
OCSE allocates the FY 2021 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, we weigh benefits in direct proportion to caseloads and allocate user fees accordingly.
FY 2021 FPLS and CSENet user fees will be assessed beginning October 1, 2020. 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 us at FPLSAccess@acf.hhs.gov. Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of our nation’s children.
Scott M. Lekan