Child Support Enforcement Research

To provide federal funds for experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that are likely to assist in promoting the objectives of Part D of Title IV.

Section 1115 provides that 'the project - 1) must be designed to improve the financial well-being of children or otherwise improve the operation

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of the child support program; 2) may not permit modifications in the child support program which would have the effect of disadvantaging children in need of support; and 3) must not result in increased cost to the federal government under Part A of such title.' The principal purpose is to carry out the public purpose of implementing a demonstration project that is likely to 'improve the financial well-being of children or otherwise improve the operation of the child support program' as stated in the statutory authority.

Any responsibility to the federal government is a condition for receiving the grant, but not a principal purpose.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Administrators.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices).

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Human Services, Oklahoma Dept Of $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Klamath Tribes, The $ 500,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Child Support Services, California Department Of $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Human Services, Colorado Department Of $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Department Of Child Services- State Of Indiana $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Fort Belknap Indian Community $ 500,000   2019-09-302022-09-29
Human Services, Minnesota Department Of $ 170,000   2018-09-302022-09-29
Human Services, North Dakota Department Of $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-06-30
Social Services, Virginia Department Of $ 170,000   2019-09-302022-04-30
Human Services, Colorado Department Of $ 170,000   2018-09-302021-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: OCSE awarded 7 new grants and 18 continuation grants. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 24 continuation grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: OCSE anticipates 16 continuation grants and up to 10 new grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be only used for purposes described in the funding opportunity announcements issued for this CFDA number each fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Section 1115 grants may be made only to State or Tribal Child Support Enforcement agencies or their umbrella agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Only Title IV-D Child Support Agencies or Tribal Child Support Program operating a comprehensive program.


When appropriate, applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves their cooperation or the utilization of their facilities or service. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225 for State governments. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application forms, as furnished by DHHS and must be used for this program. Application kits which contain the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the priority projects are available from: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Director, Division of Discretionary Grants, 5th Floor, 330 C. Street SW., Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: (202) 401-4577. Contact: Daphne Weeden, Director, Division of Discretionary Grants. Eligible interested parties are encouraged to submit applications on To be considered for a grant award, all applications must be submitted on the prescribed application forms and submitted to the Division of Grants Management. The application shall be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and to assume for the agency or organization the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant. As part of the project title (page 1 of the application form, Form SF-424) the applicant must clearly indicate whether the application submitted is in response to a priority project identified in a program announcement and must reference the unique project identifier (e.g., HHS-2010 - ACF - OCSE-FD-0113) for which the application is to compete. Applications are initially screened for relevance to program interests of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Ineligible applications will be returned to the applicant. Eligible applications are reviewed and evaluated by a review panel of not fewer than three knowledgeable people. A limited number of projects may be approved pending available funds and will compete with other nonpriority projects. Written assessment of each application is made.

Award Procedures

Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the term and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period for which support is contemplated, and the total grantee participation.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Social Security, Title IV, Part D, Section 1115, 42 U.S.C 1315.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants will be acted upon within 90 days.


There are no formal appeals procedures. If an application for a grant is disapproved, the reasons for disapproval will be fully stated, applicants may request the reasons for disapproval. In the case of unsolicited proposals, applicants are free to resubmit applications with attention to the changes suggested by the reasons for disapproval in the future.


Extensions and continuations of grants with 1-year project periods are generally not available except under extreme circumstances. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more years, the grantee must submit a formal request for continuation each year accompanied by a progress report which will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. But may require an administratively imposed non-federal match. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Section 1115 grants are typically five years in length. For multi-year projects, support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress and availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program narrative reports and quarterly expenditure reports are required.

Periodic monitoring is conducted by the federal project office when progress reports are reviewed.

Quarterly expenditure reports are required.

Progress reports are required.

Quarterly expenditure reports are required.

Periodic monitoring is conducted by the Federal Project Officer when progress reports are reviewed.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. All fiscal transactions identifiable to federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS audit agency, and other federal officials.


Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number, act number, and including all receipts and expenditures must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,000,000; FY 17 est $4,000,000; and FY 18 est $4,000,000 - OCSE and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are both eligible to obligate no more than the full annual allocation.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $800,000. Average changes each fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The pamphlets 'Research Grants in Social Security,' 'Grants Administration Policies,' and application kits may be obtained from the ACF, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 3th Floor, 330 C. Street SW., Washington, DC 20201.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Administrators. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices).

Headquarters Office

Michelle Jadczak 330 C. Street S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202 401-4578

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Program Design; (2) Program Management; (3) Evaluation Design; and (4) Budget and Budget Justification.

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