1-6-2014 Senate Advances Child Support Bill: As Congress prepared to leave Washington for the holidays, the Senate Finance Committee considered and adopted a bipartisan bill containing changes to child welfare and child support programs. The Supporting At-Risk Children Act (S. 1870) (bill summary) contains provisions long sought-after by NCSEA, including provisions language implementing the Hague Treaty, resolving inconsistencies between the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) with the Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act (FFCCSOA) and providing tribes with access to the Federal Parent Locator Service. Also included in the bill is a provision establishing a child support task force to prepare a report to Congress identifying best practices and recommending improvements to the program’s effectiveness. NCSEA sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee prior to the mark up expressing support for these provisions.
Also included in the bill is a provision (Sec. 104) requiring states to include voluntary parenting time arrangements in their State Plan Amendments and a narrowly drawn provision to provide relief from passport sanctions for a select group of individuals (Sec. 102). In order to allow the Senate to consider on the floor the child welfare and child support provisions separately, the child support provisions were also introduced as a separate bill, S. 1877.
The Senate has not yet scheduled floor action on the measure. Once it does, it will clear the way for negotiations to begin with the House on a similar, bipartisan bill (HR 1896) it adopted in June 2013.
10-05-2012 Sequester Report Released: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report to Congress on the effect of the across-the-board cuts should Congress and the administration fail to craft an alternative deficit reduction package.
OMB determined that the child support enforcement (CSE) program would NOT be subject to the cuts. CSE joins other entitlements such as Medicaid, SNAP, IV-E, TANF, and SSI as programs protected from the cuts which will occur on January 2, 2013 if no agreement is reached on an alternative.
Each domestic program subject to sequester would be cut from 7.6% for mandatory programs not subject to the appropriations process (e.g., SSBG) to 8.2% for all other discretionary programs.
The determination was made in the OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P. L. 112–155)
3-20-2012: NCSEA testifies at Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means hearing on no-Cost improvements to child support enforcement
Testimony was delivered by NCSEA at today’s Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means hearing. During the hearing on no-cost improvements to the child support enforcement program (CSE), Kay Farley and Marilyn Stephen testified regarding implementation of the Hague Convention. Read more in the full press release and the hearing testimonies by Kay Farley and Marilyn Stephen.
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