Child Support Enforcement:

States and Localities Move to Privatized Services

HEHS-96-43FS: Published: Nov 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the privatization of state child support enforcement programs, focusing on the number of ongoing and planned state contracts for location services, collections, payment processing, and full-service programs as of October 1995.

GAO found that: (1) one or more child support services are privatized in 20 states and at the local office level in 18 states; (2) there are 21 full-service contracts for child support services and half of these are served by one major contractor; (3) four major contractors provide most of the services for 40 other collection and location service contracts; and (4) there are nine contracts for payment processing services and eight contracts for location services.

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