- Social Security Amendments of 1974, also known as Public Law#93–647, was signed into Law by President Gerald Ford on January 4, 1975.
- Legislation was interpreted in 45 C.F.R. Parts 301.0 – 310.40.
- Information on the legislation can be found here.
- Policymakers were not satisfied that the Social Security Amendments of 1967 were implemented by states in the manner they thought.
- Policymakers were trying to solve the welfare problem through child support enforcement. In doing so, it allowed the federal government to intervene into a state matter by claiming it was a general welfare issue.
- They did this by requiring states to operate a child support enforcement program as a condition for receiving federal welfare funds.
- Two main goals of the law were:
1.Recoup cost of public assistance through child support enforcement
2.Keep families off public assistance
- Key points of the legislation regarding child support included:
1. Created Title IV-D of Social Security Act – Child Support Enforcement Program
2. Program was created/managed by the newly created OCSE.
3. State-federal partnership linked participation in the federal welfare assistance programs (AFDC) under Title IV-A to states creating their own child support enforcement organization called IV-D agencies
4. Created the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and State Parent Locator Service (SPLS)
5. Allowed the wages of federal employees to be garnished for child support.
6. Required states to get approval for their IV-D plans
7. Penalized states who did not provide efficient IV-D services
8. Federal matching funding for state administrative expenses for IV-D services.