System seeks child support payments
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Dec 05, 2000
Idaho hopes that a new data-matching program will help identify financial
assets of parents who are delinquent on child support payments.
The Idaho Department of
Health and Welfare (IDHW) is essentially subcontracting the work to Chicago-based
Anexsys, a technology service provider that developed a program called
Idaho awarded Anexsys a one-year contract worth nearly $320,000 with an
option to renew for three years.
Seek sorts data between financial institutions and delinquent claims by
matching the Social Security numbers of non-custodial parents, according
to Darrell Proksa, an Anexsys project manager.
In Idaho, he said financial institutions have two ways to participate in
* Anexsys can supply financial institutions with the state's raw data on
floppy disk, CD-ROM or tape, and the financial institutions match assets
* The financial institutions can transmit financial information to Anexsys,
which would then use the program to match claims with assets.
Anexsys then transmits encrypted matched data to the state weekly. The company
destroys the sensitive information after seven days.
IDHW spokesman Ross Mason said the matching data program provide the agency
with another tool to rectify delinquent child care payments. He said outsourcing
the work eliminates extra administrative and technical costs.
Child support cases are "a huge problem in this country," Mason said, adding
that Idaho, with a population of 1.3 million, has about 80,000 such cases.
"We have a real difficult time with collections."
The state has 110 financial institutions mainly credit unions and banks and half have registered with the program so far, Proksa said. Under the
contract, the company charges the state a monthly fee, a one-time $135 surcharge
for registering each financial institution, and a $60 handling fee for each
transmission from the financial institution.