INTERGOVERNMENTAL

CS 191P National Intergovernmetnal Case Reconciliation (ICR)

New 06/30/04 Revised 11/30/10 Training Completed 12/14/10

 

Beginning April, 2004, state IV-D agencies began to send all intergovernmental case information to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in an effort to improve intergovernemtnal communications.  Once OCSE receives the information from all participating states and territories, it is matched against all states and the results are returned to each state.  This project is called the National Intergovernemtnal Case Reconciliation (ICR) project.  The ICR informs states about mismatches that may arise with intergovernmental cases, and provides assistance with reconciling those cases.  

 

Some of the goals of this project are:

 

1.                  Improve service to families with intergovernmental cases by:

a.                   focusing resources on those cases that require an action;

b.                  re-evaluating services required by the family; and,

c.                   using electronic funds transfer (EFT) to send money to the family quicker.

 

2.                  Improve electronic communication among states (CSENet), which will allow:

a.                   EFT to be more effective;

b.                  CSENet to be more effective and lower transaction errors; and,

c.                   other states case numbers to be correct on ORSIS.

 

3.                  Establish accurate state and national intergovernmental case baselines by:

a.                   identifying the state and national intergovernmental caseloads;

b.                  closing duplicate and invalid cases; and

c.                   opening new cases and provide services to more families.

 

4.                  Establish clear accountability for intergovernmental case processing by:

a.                   identifying and correcting open and closed case discrepancies;

b.                  identifying and correcting case mismatches; and

c.                   ensuring the cases are worked by the appropriate state.    

 

Terms/Definitions

 

1.                  Closed Intergovernmental Case – as defined by OCSE for purposes of identifying eligible cases for the national ICR project:  a closed intergovernmental case occurs when a case remain open in the Initiating Agency as an in-state case, but no longer has an intergovernmental connection to the other state. 

 

2.                  Intergovernmental Case – as defined by OCSE for purposes of identifying eligible  cases for the national ICR project: 

a.                   A case requested by one state for another state to open and maintain for purposes of paternity or order establishment, and/or enforcement.

b.                  The state requesting this action is the “initiating” agency.  The other state is the “responding” agency.

c.                   Both states maintain identical cases on their systems, and both states submit the intergovernmental case for ICR purposes.

d.                  Both intergovernmental open and closed cases are submitted for ICR purposes.

e.                   Neither long-arm cases (which don’t require service from the other state) nor limited services cases (where a case is not open in the other state) are submitted for ICR purposes.

 

1.                  IV-D Case – as defined by OCSE, taken from the OCSE-157 form for state reporting:  A parent (mother, father, or putative father) who is now or eventually may be obligated under law for the support of a child or children receiving services under the title IV-D program. 

 

A parent is reported as a separate IV-D case for each family with a dependent child or children that the parent may be obligated to support.  If both parents are absent and liable or potentially liable for support of a child or children receiving services under the title IV-D programs, each parent is considered a separate IV-D case.

 

2.                  IV-D Case Identifier (ID) – as defined by OCSE:  A value (alpha, numeric, or combination of both) assigned by a state to uniquely identify each IV-D case in the state.  When used in conjunction with a state code it uniquely identifies a IV-D case for intergovernmental communication, EFT/EDI, and for communication with the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS).