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New Policy Clarification Affecting Child Support Assignment and Distribution for Recipients of TANF-funded Assistance

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Publication Date: October 1998

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Mark Greenberg; Paula Roberts

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Explains the background for and policy articulated in a recent Action Transmittal, 98-24, from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). The Action Transmittal provides an important clarification about the rules affecting distribution of current child support for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance in a form other than direct monetary payments. Finally, this memo summarizes the consequences of receiving TANF cash and non-cash assistance in light of the new Action Transmittal.