Plan Page 5.2 and State Plan Amendments
DATE: March 4, 2016
TO: State Agencies Administering Child Support Plans under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act and Other Interested Individuals
SUBJECT: Plan Page 5.2 and State Plan Amendments
BACKGROUND: Section 454 and 466 of the Social Security Act (the Act) set forth the requirements for a state plan and plan amendments for the child support program. As a condition of receiving federal financial participation, the state child support agency must have an approved state plan describing the nature and scope of the child support program, and which meets all federal requirements. The state plan consists of the preprinted state plan pages, any related attachments, and contains information necessary for the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to determine whether a state plan can be approved.
CONTENT: This action transmittal reminds states of the requirement at 45 CFR 301.12 for the submittal of the state plan for the governor’s review, captured on plan page 5.2. States must ensure that this plan page is current and, when appropriate, amend it through the online state plan system in a timely fashion (see OCSE AT-15-02 for the automated submission process). For example, when the state elects a new governor, the child support program must amend 5.2 and, if applicable, include documentation of the delegation of authority as an attachment.
In accordance with 45 CFR 301.13, after approval of the original plan by OCSE, all relevant changes required by new statutes, rules, regulations, interpretations, and court decisions, must be submitted as soon as possible so that OCSE can determine whether the plan continues to meet federal requirements and policies.
We appreciate your attention to this matter. States should contact their designated Regional Program Specialist if they have any questions or concerns.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers