Recently enacted Public Law 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, contains several provisions affecting child support collection.
One provision includes the requirement that all states adopt use of electronic income withholding orders(e-IWOs) by October 1, 2015. Currently, there are 32 states already using e-IWOs. States must attest to compliance with the e-IWO requirement no later than December 31, 2015. Employers will have the option of using e-IWOs.
The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has issued guidance to state child support agencies and others regarding implementing the e-IWO mandate in the form of Action Transmittal AT-14-12. The transmittal explains the benefits of using e-IWOs, such as:
- Increased processing efficiency
- Reduced errors that occur through manual processing
- Reduced cost of postage and processing paper documents
- Ongoing communication link between child support agencies and employers