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Proper Case Type Reporting on the OCSE-157

IM-15-03

Published: December 9, 2015

INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

IM-15-03

DATE:  December 9, 2015

TO:  State Agencies Administering Child Support Enforcement Plans under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act and Other Interested Parties

SUBJECT: Proper Case Type Reporting on the OCSE-157

BACKGROUND:  State IV-D agencies are required to submit the OCSE-157 (Child Support Enforcement Annual Data Report) data collection form.  These data are collected, compiled, and presented in the Child Support Enforcement’s Annual Report to Congress and used to compute individual state incentive and program performance measures.

CONTENT:  It has been brought to our attention that several state IV-D agencies have been incorrectly reporting non-IV-D cases and activities on the OCSE-157.  Non-IV-D case types or activities should not be reported on the OCSE-157.  If a custodial parent elects to terminate IV-D current support services and the state wants to keep the case open to pursue permanently assigned arrears owed, the case should remain open as an arrears-only IV-D case for purposes of collecting any arrearages due under a court or administrative order that are assigned to the state.  These cases should not be coded as non-IV-D cases, but the state should indicate in the automated system and case record that current support and unassigned arrears have been terminated at the custodial parent’s request.  Since these are IV-D cases, the state must report them on all appropriate lines, according to the specific line instructions, as an open IV-D case.

In the above example or for cases that transition completely into non-IV-D status, the state must report on Lines 24 and 25 the amount of current support due, distributed, and disbursed up to the time that IV-D services terminated.  For example, for a case that was an open IV-D case for the first 6 months of the year and closed or changed to non-IV-D case type for the remainder of the year, the state would report the amount of current support due, distributed, and disbursed on Lines 24 and 25 for the first 6-month period when the case was an open IV-D case.  If arrears were due or due and paid during the first 6 months, the case would be reported on Line 28 or both Lines 28 and 29 accordingly.

INQUIRIES: Please contact your ACF/OCSE Regional Program Office if you have any questions regarding this notice.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers

Last Reviewed: December 9, 2015

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