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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"The Use and Equity of Child Support Enforcement Incentive Payments at Selected States," (A-09-91-00034)

April 22, 1992

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (634 KB). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


This final report summarizes our audit of the use of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) incentives and inequities in the incentive formula. We concluded that incentive payments were used primarily to fund the State or local jurisdictions' share of CSE costs. Some States realized significant savings from the State share of collections for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, while their counties incurred the costs of operating the CSE program. We also found that the method used for calculating incentives was often inconsistent with the Federal CSE performance objectives. We are recommending that incentives be based on the States' demonstrated capability to meet Federal CSE requirements and performance objectives.