WSR 07-10-116

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed May 2, 2007, 9:12 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New sections and/or amendments in chapter 388-14A WAC. The division of child support (DCS) is adopting new and amended sections to implement state legislation which implements the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The state law was signed by the governor on April 20, 2007, as chapter 143, Laws of 2007, with an effective date of July 22, 2007.

DCS may be required to file emergency rules in order to have rules in place by the effective date of the legislation, July 22, 2007.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: DCS rule-making authority is found in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, chapter 143, Laws of 2007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) made changes in the child support enforcement program under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. DCS must adopt and amend rules to comply with the state law changes under the DRA.

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 web site, which can be found at www.wa.gov/dshs/dcs, or on the DSHS economic services administration's policy review web site, which can be found at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/esa/extpolicy/. DSHS/DCS encourages the public to take part in developing the rules. After the rules are drafted, DSHS will file a copy with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and will send a copy 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, toll-free 1-800-457-6202, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011, e-mail nkoptur@dshs.wa.gov.

May 2, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office