Federal Parent Locator Service Law and Legal Definition
The Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) is a collection of systems and programs operated by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), to assist states in locating noncustodial parents, putative fathers, and custodial parties for the establishment of paternity and child support obligations, and enforcement and modification of orders for child support, custody and visitation.
The FPLS assists federal and state agencies in identifying over-payments and fraud. It also helps these agencies in calculating the benefits. The FPLS was developed in cooperation with the states, employers, federal agencies, and the judiciary. The FPLS was expanded by Welfare Reform to include:
The National Directory of New Hires (NDNH): a central repository of employment, unemployment insurance, and wage data from State Directories of New Hires, State Workforce Agencies, and Federal agencies.
The Federal Case Registry (FCR): a national database that contains information on individuals in child support cases and child support orders.
The Federal Offset Program (FOP): a program that collects past-due child support payments from the tax refund of parents who have been ordered to pay child support.
The Federal Administrative Offset Program (FAOP): a program that intercepts certain Federal payments in order to collect past-due child support.
The Passport Denial Program (PPD): a program that works with the Secretary of State in denying passports of any person certified owing child support debt greater than $2,500.
The Multistate Financial Institution Data Match (MSFIDM): a program that allows child support agencies a means of locating financial assets of individuals owing child support.
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