WSR 19-17-092
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed August 21, 2019, 11:20 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The division of child support (DCS) intends to amend sections in chapter 388-14A WAC dealing with the annual fee imposed on certain child support cases to implement section 4 of ESHB 1916 (chapter 275, Laws of 2019). This legislative change was based on federal requirements under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act.
DCS is amending WAC 388-14A-2200 When does DCS charge a twenty-five dollar annual fee on a child support case? and 388-14A-2205 How can a custodial parent be excused from payment of the annual fee?; and may amend or repeal other related rules as required.
ESHB 1916 took effect on July 28, 2019, but the changes to the annual fee will take effect on October 1, 2019. It is not possible for DCS to complete the permanent rule adoption process by October 1, 2019. Therefore, DCS will need to file a CR-103E, Rule-making order, to adopt an emergency amendment of those sections effective October 1, 2019. That emergency rule will implement ESHB 1916 while DCS continues the regular rule-making process under chapter 34.05 RCW.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Implementation of ESHB 1916 (chapter 275, Laws of 2019), which takes effect on July 28, 2019, is authorized under RCW 43.20A.550, 74.04.055, 74.08.090, 74.20.040, and 74.20A.310.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Section 4 of ESHB 1916 (chapter 275, Laws of 2019) amended RCW 74.20.040, making two changes regarding the annual fee DCS imposes for each case in which support enforcement services are furnished where the person entitled to receive support has never received assistance under the temporary assistance for needy families, the aid for dependent families and children program, or a tribal temporary assistance for needy families program. These changes include the following: (1) The annual fee is increased from $25 to $35; and (2) the threshold amount that triggers the fee is increased from $500 during a federal fiscal year to $550 in collections.
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 department of social and health services (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, or on the DSHS economic services administration's policy review web site, which can be found at Rule-making forms and draft rules may also be found on the DSHS filings and rules page at
DSHS/DCS encourages the public to take part in developing 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, DCS, P.O. Box 9162, Mailstop 45860, Olympia, WA 98507-9162, phone 360-664-5065, fax 360-664-5342, TTY: 1-800-833-6384, email or
August 21, 2019
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator