45 CFR 304.20 - Availability and rate of Federal financial participation.
(a) Federal financial participation at the applicable matching rate is available for:
(1) Necessary expenditures under the State title IV-D plan for the support enforcement services and activities specified in this section and § 304.21 provided to individuals from whom an assignment of support rights as defined in § 301.1 of this chapter has been obtained;
(2) Parent locator services for individuals eligible pursuant to § 302.33 of this title;
(b) Services and activities for which Federal financial participation will be available shall be those made pursuant to the approved title IV-D State plan which are determined by the Secretary to be necessary expenditures properly attributable to the Child Support Enforcement program, except any expenditure incurred in providing location services to individuals listed in § 302.35(c)(4) of this title, including the following:
(1) The administration of the State Child Support Enforcement program, including but not limited to the following:
(i) The establishment and administration of the State plan;
(ii) Monitoring the progress of program development and operations and evaluating the quality, efficiency, effectiveness and scope of support enforcement services available in each political subdivision;
(iii) The establishment of all necessary agreements with other State and local agencies or private providers for the provision of services in support of support enforcement in accordance with the Procurement Standards found in 45 CFR 75.326 through 75.340. These agreements may include:
(A) Necessary administrative agreements for support services;
(B) Utilization of State and local information resources;
(C) Cooperation with courts and law enforcement officials, and Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations pursuant to § 302.34 of this chapter;
(iv) Securing compliance with the requirements of the State plan in operations under any agreements;
(v) The development and maintenance of systems for fiscal and program records and reports required to be made to the Office based on these records;
(vi) The development of a cost allocation system pursuant to § 304.15 of this chapter;
(viii) The establishment of agreements with agencies administering the State's title IV-A and IV-E plans in order to establish criteria for:
(A) Referral of cases to the IV-D agency;
(B) Reporting on a timely basis information necessary to the determination and redetermination of eligibility and amount of assistance payments;
(C) The procedures to be used to transfer collections from the IV-D agency to the IV-A or IV-E agency before or after the distribution described in § 302.51 or § 302.52, respectively, of this chapter.
(ix) The establishment of agreements with Medicaid agencies necessary to carry out required IV-D activities and to establish criteria for:
(A) Referring cases to the IV-D agency;
(B) Reporting on a timely basis information necessary for the determination and redetermination of eligibility for Medicaid;
(2) The establishment of paternity including:
(i) Reasonable attempts to determine the identity of the child's father such as:
(B) The development of evidence including the use of the polygraph and genetic tests;
(C) Pre-trial discovery;
(iii) Identifying competent laboratories that perform genetic tests as described in § 303.5(c) of this chapter and making a list of those laboratories available;
(v) Cooperation with other States in determining paternity;
(vi) Payments up to $20 to hospitals, State birth record agencies, and other entities designated by the State and participating in the State's voluntary paternity establishment program, under § 303.5(g) of this chapter, for each voluntary acknowledgment obtained pursuant to an agreement with the IV-D agency;
(vii) Developing and providing to hospitals, State birth record agencies, and other entities designated by the State and participating in the State's voluntary paternity establishment program, under § 303.5(g) of this chapter, written and audiovisual materials about paternity establishment and forms necessary to voluntarily acknowledge paternity; and
(viii) Reasonable and essential short-term training associated with the State's program of voluntary paternity establishment services under § 303.5(g).
(3) The establishment and enforcement of support obligations including:
(i) Investigation, the development of evidence and when appropriate, bringing court actions;
(ii) Determination of the amount of the child support obligation including developing the information needed for a financial assessment;
(iv) Enforcement of a support obligation including those activities associated with collections and the enforcement of court orders, such as contempt citations, issuance of warrants, investigation, income withholding and processing, and the obtaining and enforcing of court-ordered support through civil or criminal proceedings either in the State that granted the order or in another State;
(v) Investigation and prosecution of fraud related to child and spousal support.
(4) The collection and distribution of support payments including:
(i) An effective system for making collections of established support obligations and identifying delinquent cases and attempting to collect support from these cases;
(iii) Making collections for another State;
(iv) The distribution of funds as required by this chapter;
(v) Making the IV-A agency aware of the amounts collected and distributed to the family for the purposes of determining eligibility for, and amount of, assistance under the State title IV-A plan;
(5) The establishment and operation of the State parent locator service including:
(i) Utilization of appropriate State and local locate sources to locate noncustodial parents;
(ii) Utilization of the Federal Parent Locator Service;
(iii) Collection of the fee pursuant to § 303.70(e) of this chapter;
(v) Cooperation with another State in locating a noncustodial parent;
(8) Establishing and maintaining case records as required by § 303.2 of this chapter.
(9) The operation of systems that meet the conditions of § 307.35(a) of this chapter; and
(c) Until September 30, 1997, Federal financial participation is available at the 90 percent rate for the planning design, development, installation and enhancement of computerized support enforcement systems that meet the requirements in § 307.30(a) of this chapter.
(d) Federal financial participation at the 90 percent rate is available for laboratory costs incurred in determining paternity on or after October 1, 1988, and until September 30, 2006, including the costs of obtaining and transporting blood and other samples of genetic material, repeated testing when necessary, analysis of test results, and the costs for expert witnesses in a paternity determination proceeding, but only if the expert witness costs are included as part of the genetic testing contract.