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Data Sharing Standards Poised to Change Child Support Enforcement

Jan 27, 2015
From the Government Institute

Many state and local health and human services (HHS) agencies are investigating ways to better serve clients through integrated service delivery and shared-service models.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and its programs continue to invest in tools to help states improve and integrate services and to provide policy guidance to agencies on the implementation of new legislation and regulations.

New federal legislation adds a data-exchange standards provision to state child support enforcement (CSE) agencies system requirements by stipulating the use of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) when developing any new CSE system.

With this new NIEM compliance requirement, ACF and DHHS’ Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) have highlighted interoperability and data sharing as a “top priority” for state child support agencies. The law will likely affect a broad spectrum of CSE systems, including those that are being planned for, those currently in design and development, and even those that were previously implemented and federally certified.

This issue brief, developed by the KPMG Government Institute in conjunction with KPMG’s Global Human & Social Services Center of Excellence, summarizes the new requirements and how they are expected to influence CSE programs.

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