Child Support Enforcement: Strong Leadership Required to Maximize Benefits of Automated Systems

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DIANE Publishing, Jun 1, 1997 - 79 pages
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Automating child support information systems appears to improve caseworker productivity, allowing automatic searches of other databases and eliminating the need to develop voluminous paper documentation. Automated systems also help track court actions relating to paternity, support orders, collections and distributions. This report makes several recommendations designed to increase the likelihood that states will develop child support systems that perform as required and to minimize the risk of costly technology decisions and wasted expenditures during the development and implementation of these systems.
 

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Page 20 - The System Assessment Framework: A Guide for Reviewing Information Management and Technology Issues in the Federal Government (GAO/AIMD-10.
Page 57 - Evaluating Information Technology Investments, OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Information Policy and Technology Branch, November 1995.
Page 56 - Secretary shall through the separate organizational unit established pursuant to subsection (a), on a continuing basis, review, assess, and inspect the planning, design, and operation of, management information systems referred to in section...
Page 2 - Child Support Enforcement Program was established in 1975 to help strengthen families and reduce dependence on welfare by helping to ensure that the responsibility for supporting children was placed on parents. The states operate programs to locate noncustodial parents, establish paternity, and obtain support orders, along with enforcing actual collections of those court-ordered support payments. The federal government — through OCSE — funds 66 percent of state administrative and operating...
Page 17 - See also preliminary design. functional requirement. A requirement that specifies a function that a system or system component must be capable of performing.
Page 7 - A comprehensive bipartisan welfare reform plan that changed the nation's welfare system into one that requires work in exchange for time-limited assistance.
Page 7 - ... setting and participate in education and training in order to receive assistance. Supplemental Security Income Definitions of disability for the eligibility of children are changed in a number of ways and cash benefits for institutionalized children are limited. Child Support Enforcement States are required to operate a child support enforcement program meeting federal requirements, including paternity determination and centralized registries of child support orders and enforcement. Recipients...
Page 47 - ... supports for families moving from welfare to work, including increased funding for child care and guaranteed medical coverage.
Page 14 - However, when noncustodial parents fail to provide financial support, millions of children must rely on welfare programs, hi 1995, over 9 million of the 13.6 million people receiving benefits from the Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) program were children.1 The Child Support Enforcement Program The Congress created the national Child Support Enforcement Program in 1975 as title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This intergovernmental program involves federal, state, and local governments....
Page 37 - ... Continue to Hinder States' Development Efforts are to (1) describe in broad terms a state's plan for managing the design, development, implementation, and operation of a system that meets federal, state, and user needs in an efficient, comprehensive, and cost-effective manner, (2) establish system and program performance goals in terms of projected costs and benefits, and (3) secure federal financial participation for the state.1 The document contains the state's statement of needs and objectives,...

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