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Clear Guidance Would Help Ensure Proper Access to Information and Use of IWO by Private Firms

GAO Report

Published: March 1, 2002

GAO report on the practices of private child support collection firms and state child support enforcement (CSE) agencies.

Specific objectives include: (1) obtain information on the amount of child support owed and how it has changed in recent years; (2) identify the number and kinds of entities that can collect child support and compare the characteristics of private child support collection firms with those of state agencies; (3) compare the private firms’ and state agencies’ collection experiences, information sources, and collection practices; (4) compare the enforcement tools available to private firms and state agencies; and (5) determine whether state agencies provide information requested by private firms.

Last Reviewed: June 30, 2013

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