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Federal Partnerships and Collaboration

A Look Inside OCSE - Story Series

Published: December 19, 2018

Image of multiple hands overlapping in the center of a red, white, and blue circle.  The circle has clear stars at the north, eaCollaborating outside of the child support program is critical to OCSE’s work at the federal level. Many federal programs and agencies serve the same families that we serve. By sharing information about child support with these partners, they are better equipped to serve these families holistically. Similarly, when we learn about the activities and goals of our federal partners, we try to use that information to improve how the child support program serves families and avoid working at cross-purposes.

Here are two examples of ways these partnerships have made an impact on the child support program and the families we serve.

  • We partner with the Office of Family Assistance because they oversee Responsible Fatherhood grants and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In addition to information sharing, our partnership resulted in joint information memorandums encouraging states to invest in employment services for noncustodial parents:
    • OCSE IM-18-02, Use of IV-D Incentive Funds for NCP Work Activities, and
    • TANF-ACF-IM-2018-01, Use of TANF Funds to Promote Employment Programs for Noncustodial Parents
  • The Veterans Toolkit resulted from our collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Bar Association, and others working on issues related to veterans and military families. Through these relationships, we have also learned that child support debt is a significant factor in veteran homelessness.

For more information, contact the Division of Program Innovation at ocse.dpi@acf.hhs.gov. This story was originally published in the November-December 2018 Child Support Report.

Last Reviewed: May 26, 2020

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