PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
(Division of Child Support)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-14A-6300 Duty of the administrative law judge in a hearing to determine the amount of a support obligation, revisions to this section and related sections, and adoption of new sections as required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 26.23.050, 34.05.220, 74.20A.055, 74.20A.056, 45 C.F.R. 303.11, 45 C.F.R. 303.100.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Division of Child Support (DCS) seeks to clarify the rules regarding the contents of administrative child support orders, especially to reenact a prior requirement that each administrative support order set a noncustodial parent's support obligation as a sum certain amount, with an amount per month for each child covered by the order.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
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 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, toll-free 1-800-457-6202, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011.
September 20, 2004
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit