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    Performance

    By David Kilgore Director, Riverside County DCSS Most of the time, when we talk about performance, it’s all about county performance. We know our numbers inside and out and are constantly comparing ourselves against other counties as if it were a competition (even though we may not admit we are in competition).  Each of us constantly strives to improve and grow our programs.  What we do not tend to focus on is how our local performance comes together in the form of Statewide results.  When I sat down to write this article, I would not have been able to rattle off the State’s Federal Performance Measures (FPMs) and I certainly…

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    Is It Time To Rethink The Approach To Child Support Incentives?

    By Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D. Director, Los Angeles County Child Support Services Since its very inception in 1975, Title IV-D has provided incentives to state child support programs as a means to encourage outcome improvements. In the early years, those incentives were based solely on welfare collections. An expansion of the law in 1984 added non-welfare case collections when calculating performance incentives. The most significant change to child support incentives payments occurred in 1998 via the Child Support Performance and Incentive Act (CSPIA). Specifically, and for the first time, incentives payments were connected to a state’s performance in five (5) areas; paternity establishment, establishment of child support orders, collections on…