PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
(Division of Child Support)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-14A-3900 through 388-14A-3925, concerning modification of support orders.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 45 C.F.R. 302.70, 45 C.F.R. 303.7, 45 C.F.R. 303.8.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Division of Child Support (DCS) is reviewing its rules and procedures regarding review and modification of support orders, also known as review and adjustment of support orders, as well as rules and procedures regarding prospective modification of administrative support orders. This review is being undertaken due to changes in the federal regulations and due to a desire to clarify and streamline procedures.
Process for Developing New Rule: DCS engages in modified collaborative rule making. Those persons wishing to participate in developing the new rules are encouraged to contact Nancy Koptur at the DSHS/DCS headquarters as soon as possible. DCS will post information regarding this rule development project and others on its website, which can be found at www.wa.gov/dshs/dcs, or on the DSHS Economic Services Administration's policy review website, which can be found at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/esa/extpolicy/. DSHS/DCS encourages the public to take part in developing the rules. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and will send the proposal to everyone currently on the mailing list and to anyone else who requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Nancy Koptur, DCS Rules Coordinator, Division of Child Support, P.O. Box 9162, Mailstop 45860, Olympia, WA 98507-9162, phone (360) 664-5065, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-457-6202, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011.
October 30, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit