|Submitted||Sept. 28, 2020|
|Due||Oct. 13, 2020|
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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.
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.
Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Division