ERIC Number: ED394638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Child Support Enforcement: States and Localities Move to Privatized Services. Fact Sheet for the Chairman, Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
The House of Representatives requested that the Health, Education, and Human Services Division (HEHS) examine privatization of child support enforcement programs in the United States. HEHS was to determine: (1) advantages and disadvantages of privatization, and the extent of these programs currently; (2) terms of contracts; (3) legalities of programs; and (4) relative cost effectiveness. In general, it was found that one or more child support enforcement services are privatized statewide in 20 states and at the local office level in 18 states. Twenty-one contracts for full-service child support operations were identified, as were 40 other contracts for collections and related location services; 4 major contractors provide most of these services. Finally, nine contracts were identified for payment processing services, and eight for location services only. This report presents statistical charts of the findings in two appendices. Appendix 1 contains a map showing "Statewide or Local Child Support Privatization Initiatives as of October 1995." Appendix 2 contains an eight-page table of "Contract Information on State and Local Child Support Privatization Initiatives Ongoing or Planned as of October 1995," by state. Information in the table includes type of privatized service, contractor, terms of contract, and types of cases administered. Appendix 3 includes a listing of 12 related General Accounting Office reports related to child support enforcement. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.