Streamlined Feasibility Study for Child Support System Modernization

AT-20-16

Publication Date: December 16, 2020

ACTION TRANSMITTAL 

AT-20-16

DATE: December 16, 2020

TO: State and Tribal IV-D Agencies

SUBJECT: Streamlined Feasibility Study for Child Support System Modernization

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This Action Transmittal sets forth federal policy for preparing a streamlined feasibility study associated with child support enforcement system modernization efforts conducted by states and territories.

In DCL-19-05 released in July 2019, OCSE announced an effort to develop guidance to simplify the process for conducting feasibility studies associated with modernizing statewide child support enforcement systems.  In addition, the legacy process – described in HHS/ACF Feasibility, Alternatives, and Cost Benefit Analysis Guide (July 1993) and AT-06-03 – is being superseded.  Child support-specific guidance is available online on OCSE’s state systems webpage.

The Streamlined Feasibility Study Guide (December 2020) supports efforts to determine the most effective, efficient, and cost reasonable solutions to modernize a statewide system, while meeting the essential requirements for project approval and subsequent Federal Financial Participation.  This comprehensive guidance provides an alternative approach that will enable states to summarize the results of their internal analyses – which includes a ‘very light-weight’ analysis of alternatives, cost-benefit analysis, risk analysis, and preferred solution – into a single document that may be less than 50 pages in length.

At a time when legacy state systems are reaching the end of their useful life, and new web technologies and system development platforms are advancing at a rapid pace, using this Guide may significantly reduce the time, effort, and cost involved with conducting modernization studies.  This approach potentially accelerates the federal review and approval process, enabling states to begin development of a solution sooner than previously experienced.

ACTION REQUIRED: Through September 30, 2021, a state may choose to follow either the Streamlined 2020 Feasibility Study or Legacy 1993 Feasibility Study process to document a state’s child support enforcement system modernization effort.  Beginning on October 1, 2021, the streamlined 2020 process will replace the legacy 1993 process and become OCSE’s primary reference for system modernization.

REFERENCES: 45 CFR Part 95, Subpart F

SUPERSEDES: AT-06-03 and DCL-19-05

EFFECTIVE DATE: On October 1, 2021, the streamlined feasibility study process will become the primary guidance for child support enforcement system modernization.

INQUIRIES:  Contact the Division of State and Tribal Systems at OCSE.DSTS@acf.hhs.gov


Linda Boyer
Deputy Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement 
 

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