WSR 98-19-123

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Child Support)

[Filed September 23, 1998, 10:23 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amendment of WAC 388-11-315 Temporary orders.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.20A.055, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Division of Child Support (DCS) seeks to establish two grounds for the entry of a temporary support order, in order to get current support to the family pending a final order when: (1) The support establishment hearing has been continued; or (2) one or more parties have filed a petition for review of the initial administrative decision. The current version of the rule allows temporary orders only during the first circumstance. It can take six months or more to obtain a review decision. Because of the length of the appeal process, a family goes without support, and the noncustodial parent accrues substantial arrears waiting for a final order. DCS seeks to provide better customer service by getting current support to the family as soon as possible.

Process for Developing New Rule: 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/csrc.html, or on the DSHS Economic Services Administration's regulatory improvement web site, which can be found at www.wa.gov/dshs/esarules/dcs.htm. 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, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011, e-mail nkoptur@dshs.wa.gov.

September 22, 1998

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office