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Submittal of OCSE-157 for FY 2018

DCL-18-06

Published: September 12, 2018

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-18-06

DATE: September 12, 2018

TO: State IV-D Directors

SUBJECT: Submittal of OCSE-157 for FY 2018

Dear Colleague:

This is a reminder to state agencies administering child support programs under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act of the importance of the timely submission of Child Support Enforcement Annual Data Reports (OCSE-157) to OCSE. Initial reports are due by October 30, 2018, and revised reports are due no later than December 31, 2018. We are also reminding states of the importance of correcting and resubmitting any incomplete or unreliable child support data reported for FY 2017 and previous years, and of other circumstances under which states can resubmit data. States may resubmit previously reported data only if they fall into one of the following three categories:

  • A state’s data for any lines were found to be incomplete or unreliable and are needed to show improvement in performance for any measure;
  • A state’s data were found to be incomplete or unreliable for lines needed to compute a state’s Paternity Establishment Percentage (PEP), lines 5 and 6 (IV-D PEP) or 8 and 9 (Statewide PEP) for FY 2017, or lines 5 (IV-D PEP) or 8 (Statewide PEP) for FY 2016; and
  • A state is changing its PEP option from the Statewide (lines 8, 8a, and 9) to IV-D PEP (lines 5, 5a, and 6) or from IV-D to Statewide PEP for FY 2017. Data must be submitted on the FY 2018 OCSE-157 report for lines 5, 5a, 6, 8, 8a, and 9. In addition, if the state performance for FY 2018 is under 90 percent, the state must also submit a FY 2017 OCSE‑157 report showing lines 5a and 6 (IV-D) or lines 8a and 9 (Statewide), if these data were not submitted previously or if the state wishes to revise data previously submitted.

States may revise previous reports by submitting new ones if they meet the above criteria; however, all final revised reports must be in the OLDC no later than December 31, 2018.

Officials are also reminded to place the state name in the appropriate field, mark the report new or revised, and indicate which PEP the state has chosen.

You are required to submit your reports electronically by using the Online Data Collection System (OLDC). The web address for accessing the online system is https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home/. You must have access to GrantSolutions to gain access to OLDC. For GrantSolutions access, complete the Grantee User Account form found on the GrantSolutions website and email it to help@grantsolutions.gov and copy OCSE at DPSASupport@acf.hhs.gov.

If you already have access to GrantSolutions but need to add OLDC, please send an email to OCSE at DPSASupport@acf.hhs.gov and copy help@grantsolutions.gov.

If you have any questions about the OCSE-157, contact OCSE at DPSASupport@acf.hhs.gov.

State officials should review reports for accuracy and make sure all fields are completed. Again, initial reports are due by October 30, 2018, and all final revised reports must be in the OLDC no later than December 31, 2018.

Sincerely,

Scott M. Lekan
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

Last Reviewed: September 12, 2018

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