WSR 01-09-027

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Child Support)

[ Filed April 10, 2001, 3:50 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Child Support (DCS) is reviewing and revising its rules on confidentiality and public disclosure. We will be looking specifically at WAC 388-14A-2105 through 388-14A-2125.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 26.23.120.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Although DCS reviewed and revised its rules for clarity under the Governor's Executive Order 97-02, the rules need to be further revised to bring them into compliance with RCW 26.23.120 and to make them easier to follow.

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 Division of Child Support (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 Regulatory Improvement web site, which can be found at http://www-app2.wa.gov/dshs/esa/extpolicy/blue.asp. 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, e-mail nkoptur@dshs.wa.gov, 1-800-457-6202, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011.

April 10, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office