DATE: February 22, 2016
TO: ALL TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Tribal Access to the FPLS
Dear Tribal Colleague:
On September 29, 2014, the President signed Public Law 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (Act). Section 302 of the Act provides the authority and this TDCL describes the process for Tribal IV-D programs to access the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS).
The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement held the following series of telephone calls, meetings, and tribal consultations concerning the FPLS.
HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE FPLS
1. The tribe must submit an independent security self-assessment to OCSE. OCSE will review the self-assessment to determine compliance with the appropriate security measures.
An independent self-assessment, also called an independent security assessment, is performed by a competent independent evaluator who is well versed in Information Assurance and IT cybersecurity technology, processes, and methodology to validate existing security controls and make a determination of a general security posture of an IT system.
An unbiased, outside entity must conduct the independent security assessment. The independent security assessment must include information on the security controls defined within a documented security agreement and detailed findings (if any) and recommendations to improve the tribal child support agency’s plans, procedures, and practices. The tribal child support agency must make a report of such an independent assessment available to OCSE for review and approval prior to obtaining access to the FPLS.
The following assessments are acceptable:
2. OCSE will forward the Security Agreement, which includes the tribal-specific fee, to the Tribal Director. We will also include a Reimbursement Agreement with instructions and payment options to remit payment.
3. The Tribal Director will return both the signed Security Agreement and the Reimbursement Agreement. Fees must be paid upon receipt of the invoice, but no later than 90 days of signing the agreement. This may be done by check, credit card or electronic funds transfer. Instructions on how to remit payment will accompany the invoice.
4. Once the Security and Reimbursement Agreements are executed, OCSE will contact the tribe to coordinate training. OCSE will provide each tribe with technical assistance and training via webinars. Once training is completed, tribes can begin to access the FPLS.
What FPLS data will tribes be able to access through the Portal?
If you have questions, need additional information or wish to begin the process of receiving FPLS data through the Child Support Portal, please contact Linda Boyer, Data Access and Security Manager, Division of Federal Systems, Office of Child Support Enforcement at Linda.Boyer@acf.hhs.gov or (202) 401-5410.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers