OCSE operates the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), a federally mandated repository of new hire, quarterly wage, and unemployment insurance information.
How is NDNH data collected?
By law, employers report their new hires to the State Directory of New Hires and their employees’ quarterly wages to the state workforce agency. State workforce agencies also collect unemployment data. These state agencies, as well as federal agencies, must report this information to the NDNH through an automated exchange process within a specific timeframe.
How is NDNH data used?
- By state child support agencies: In many instances, states use NDNH data to locate a parent living or working in a different state. Using information from the NDNH, a state can take appropriate interstate actions to establish, modify, or enforce a child support order.
- By legislatively authorized agencies: These agencies use NDNH data to help prevent overpayments, detect fraud, assess benefits, and recover funds.
Related resources for child support professionals
- A Guide to the National Directory of New Hires — General overview of the data maintained in the NDNH for federal and state agencies and the limitations on its use. Commercial entities, such as law firms and collection agencies, do not have access to the NDNH.
- NDNH Guide for Data Submission — General information concerning the NDNH and its purpose, as well as broad technical information for state and federal data submitters.
- Federal Agency Income Withholding and Medical Support Contact Information — Address and contact information for child support professionals sending income withholding orders and medical support notices to federal agencies.
- NDNH Technical Support Liaisons — OCSE technical liaisons for federal and state agencies submitting data to the NDNH.