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Establishment of the State Disbursement Unit Raises Cost to Process Child Support Payments, Report No. 00-11, September 2000
 
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  • Florida's State Disbursement Unit appears to be in general compliance with federal requirements.  The configuration and organizational location of the unit, while unique in the nation, appears effective in its use of privatization and existing technology.
  • Total expenditures for processing Title IV-D child support payments have increased by $11.5 million with the establishment of the unit due primarily to additional federal requirements and an increased caseload.
  • Responsibility for a major portion of the funding to process Title IV-D child support payments shifted to the state with the creation of the State Disbursement Unit.  This has increased state costs by $3.3 million annually.  Although Clerks of the Circuit Court shed responsibility, their expenditures have not yet decreased due to additional costs associated with transitioning to the new system.
  • Reported performance data indicate that the State Disbursement Unit is processing child support payments in a timely manner.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Child Support Enforcement
Department of Revenue

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-36 Special Examination: Administrative Establishment of Child Support Is Efficient for Uncontested Cases; Compliance Is Better for Orders Established Judicially, published in June 2003.
  • Report No. 03-13 Report No. 03-13 Progress Report: Child Support Program Has Adopted or Addressed Most Recommendations, published in February 2003.
  • Report No. 00-11 Justification Review: Child Support Enforcement Program Florida Department of Revenue, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 99-10 Child Support Enforcement State Case Registry, published in September 1999.
  • Report No. 96-59 Supplemental Analyses, Child Support Collection and Disbursement, Clerks of Circuit Court, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-28 Review of the Collection and Disbursement Processes of the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program, published in January 1997.

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