- With little expertise in economics or statistics, Dr. Williams emerged as the father of modern child support public policy in the 1980s
- From 1983-1990, Dr. Williams consulted with the Office of Child Support Enforcement.
- During this time, he directed research and technical assistance for a federally funded Child Support Guidelines Project to establish uniform child support guidelines for the states. This was funded by a grant from National Center for State Courts to development recommendations for state guideline use.
- He co-founded Policy Studies Inc. in 1984. PSI was a consulting business and collection agency targeting privatization opportunities with those he has consulted at OCSE.
- He used his expertise to influence key legislation during this time, including the Family Support Act of 1988 and 1984. His goal was to increase the child support by 250%.
- In 1987, he authored ‘Development of Guidelines for Child Support Orders: Advisory Panel Recommendations and Final Report’.
- In 1987, Williams created Income Shares for use in consulting with HHS and various states. As a consultant, he urged states to adopt his model (Income Shares) while collecting fees for the consulting and collection. Because states had little time to implement FSA, his company is well-position to take advantage.
- Williams was an advocate for child support guidelines. He often testified to policymakers on child support matters as well as authoring numerous articles.