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FY 2018 Preliminary Data Report


Published: June 13, 2019



DATE: June 13, 2019

TO: State IV-D Directors

SUBJECT: FY 2018 Preliminary Data Report

ATTACHMENTS: FY 2018 Preliminary Data Report (pdf) and Data Tables (Excel)

Dear Colleague:

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Preliminary Data Report is now available on our website. We have attached an Excel file of data tables for your convenience. The report provides data from all state child support programs and includes information on collections, expenditures, paternities, orders established, and other program statistics. Please note that tribal data will be reported in the FY 2018 Annual Report to Congress, but does not appear in the Preliminary Data Report. The attached data and information represent a preliminary assessment of the program’s progress toward meeting our goals and objectives. It is provided as a resource for the child support community.

A few highlights from the FY 2018 preliminary report:

  • Total distributed IV-D child support collections were $28.6 billion
  • $27.4 billion, or 96% of the distributed collections were sent directly to families
  • The program served 14.7 million children
  • 88% of cases in the caseload had orders established
  • 66% of current support due was collected
  • 64% of cases with arrears had collections
  • IV-D Paternity Establishment Percentage (PEP) is 102%
  • Statewide PEP is 93%
  • The cost-effectiveness rate is $5.14

The information in this report does not take into account the 2018 data reliability audits. State officials should carefully review the data to ensure that numbers included in this report agree with timely submissions to OCSE. Please contact regional offices with any concerns.

INQUIRIES: OCSE Division of Performance and Statistical Analysis at

Scott M. Lekan
Office of Child Support Enforcement

Last Reviewed: June 13, 2020

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