Two federal grants and additional federal matching funds will allow the Oregon Department of Justice to make major technological improvements to the state's Child Support Program
Attorney General John Kroger today announced federal grants and matching funds that will make major technological improvements to the state Child Support Program.
"These federal funds will make it significantly easier for Oregon businesses to collect child support from their employees," Attorney General Kroger said. "This will not only be a boost to businesses, but help our efforts to improve child support collection."
An $87,483 grant from the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement and an additional $199,099 in federal matching funds will allow the Division of Child Support to acquire technology that will improve the process of collecting child support from employers. The new system will create a one-stop Internet portal for businesses, making it easier to meet their legal obligations to collect child support. The new system will also free up Child Support staff to spend more time collecting child support for Oregon families.
The Division of Child Support also is in line to reapply in 2010 for an additional $61,347 that would trigger another $139,617 in federal matching funds for the program.
The Division of Child Support also has received an $88,371 grant will be used to purchase an interactive messaging system to remind customers about hearings, late payments, payment options and other matters. The system is equipped to provide bilingual services.
The total federal funds would exceed $575,000.
The federal grants will contribute towards one of Attorney General Kroger's primary goals: making the Oregon Child Support Program one of the most effective in the nation. The grants also will help Kroger meet his goal of improving the business climate in Oregon by reducing red tape.
The Oregon Child Support Program collects and distributes about $316 million each year for the benefit of about 250,000 Oregon children. For some parents, child support is crucial to providing food and shelter. Child support services are provided by the Oregon Department of Justice Division of Child Support and county District Attorney's offices and are free to all Oregon families.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve the well-being of children, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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