45 CFR § 75.2 "cooperative agreement" with the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Office Of Child Support Enforcement

Josh Coffin filed this request with the Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division of Massachusetts.
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From: Josh Coffin

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

The 45 CFR § 75.2 "cooperative agreement" between your Agency [the 42 U.S.C. § 654(3) single and separate unit operating in Massachusetts] and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Office Of Child Support Enforcement within the time period of the last three (3) years as per 31 U.S. Code § 6305 entitled "Using cooperative agreements".

To support my request, I submit the following facts:
1. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 654(3), entitled "State plan for child and spousal support", each State participating in SSA Title IV-D services must "provide for the establishment or designation of a single and separate organizational unit ... within the State to administer the plan".
2. Pursuant to "Audits And Financial Penalties", contained within Section 8 of the Federal Manual of Child Support Enforcement: "Audits are required at least every 3 years to determine whether the standards and requirements prescribed by law and regulations have been met by the child support program of every State."

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Josh Coffin

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

Dear Mr. Coffin:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your public records request dated October 14, 2020, received by the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on the same date.

We are currently looking into your request and will respond promptly.

Thank you,

Amy Clayman
Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Division

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

Dear Mr. Coffin:

This email is in regard to your public records request dated October 14, 2020, received by this office on the same date.

I am writing to let you know that we will need additional time to process this production and will respond to your request by November 4, 2020.

Thank you,

Amy Clayman

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

Dear Mr. Coffin –

Attached please find DOR’s response to the request indicated below.

Please note that we are still working on your other request and expect to respond by the end of this week.

Thank you,

Amy Clayman
Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Division

From: Josh Coffin

To whom it may concern —

I appreciate your office's help so far, but I think that there must be some confusion about the materials in which I am interested in. I would like whatever state plan, as described by 42 U.S. Code § 654, which is currently in effect between the U.S. DHHS and the Massachusetts agency that handles matters related to child support and the establishment of paternity. According to 42 U.S. Code § 654, such a plan would provide for services relating to the establishment of paternity or the establishment, modification, or enforcement of child support obligations, in addition to provide for regular audits and the implementation of an automated data processing system.

Could you please help me to understand whether this plan simply does not exist (as far as you know) or if it would be handled by another office?

Thank you very much for your time and help,

Josh Coffin

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

Dear Mr. Coffin –

This email confirms receipt of your public records request dated November 11, 2020, received in this office on November 12, 2020.

Your original email of October 14, 2020 requested:

The 45 CFR § 75.2 "cooperative agreement" between your Agency [the 42 U.S.C. § 654(3) single and separate unit operating in Massachusetts] and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Office Of Child Support Enforcement within the time period of the last three (3) years as per 31 U.S. Code § 6305 entitled "Using cooperative agreements".

You are now requesting a copy of DOR’s state plan, which is a different document than the “cooperative agreement” you requested on October 14, 2020. DOR considers this request a new public records request. We are currently reviewing this request and will respond by December 1, 2020 (please note this response date takes into account the Thanksgiving holiday).

Thank you,

Amy Clayman
Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Division

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

Please see the attached letter regarding your public records request.

From: Massachusetts Department Of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division

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