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FPLS User Fees for Child Welfare Agencies

DCL-15-05

Published: March 24, 2015

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-15-05

DATE: March 24, 2015

TO: ALL STATE IV-D DIRECTORS

RE: FPLS User Fees for Child Welfare Agencies

Dear Colleague:

Previously, state child welfare agencies submitted cases to the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) for locate purposes through the state child support agency. In Federal Fiscal Year 2015, state child welfare agencies were granted access to FPLS data through the Child Support Portal.

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, in accordance with subsection 453(k)(3) of the Social Security Act, is charging fees to state child welfare agencies for their use of FPLS data, regardless of their method for accessing the data. State child welfare agencies are required to reimburse OCSE directly for costs associated with obtaining FPLS data. However, OCSE will not charge state child support agencies for costs associated with state child welfare agencies accessing FPLS data.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Boyer at linda.boyer@acf.hhs.gov, or 202-401-5410.  Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of our nation’s children.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

Last Reviewed: March 1, 2019

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