Summary: H.R.4678 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (09/07/2000)

Child Support Distribution Act of 2000 - Title I: Distribution of Child Support - Amends title IV part D (Child Support and Establishment of Paternity) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to revise requirements for the distribution of child support collected by States on behalf of children receiving certain welfare benefits.

Title II: Review and Adjustment of Child Support Orders - Requires the chief executive officer of a State to certify that the State has established procedures to ensure that the State agency administering the child support enforcement program will be notified of certain families leaving the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program under SSA title IV part A.

(Sec. 201) Requires the State child support enforcement agency to review and, if appropriate, adjust any child support order relating to any individual leaving the TANF program.

Title III: Demonstration of Expanded Information and Enforcement - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations which address the participation of public non-IV-D child support enforcement agencies in establishing and enforcing child support obligations.

(Sec. 302) Prescribes requirements for ten demonstration projects involving establishment and enforcement of child support obligations by such public non-IV-D agencies.

(Sec. 303) Requires a Comptroller General report to Congress on private child support enforcement agencies.

Title IV: Expanded Enforcement - Reduces from $5,000 to $2,500 the amount of child support arrearage which shall trigger denial of a passport.

(Sec. 402) Revises requirements for the use of tax refund intercept program to collect past-due child support on behalf of non-minor children.

(Sec. 403) Prohibits garnishment of certain compensation for a service-connected disability paid to a former member of the Armed Forces for: (1) alimony; or (2) child support less than 60 days in arrears. Permits no more than 50 percent of such compensation to be garnished to pay for such child support.

Title V: Fatherhood Programs - Subtitle A: Fatherhood Grant Program - Directs the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to eligible entities to establish programs to promote marriage and successful parenting, and help fathers and their families avoid or leave cash welfare (TANF) and improve their economic status. Establishes the Fatherhood Grants Recommendations Panel to review grant applications and recommend awards.

Subtitle B: Fatherhood Projects of National Significance - Instructs the Secretary to award a $5 million grant to an experienced, nationally recognized, nonprofit fatherhood promotion organization to: (1) develop a media campaign and establish a national clearinghouse for information relating to fatherhood promotion; and (2) develop and distribute material providing information on domestic violence and child abuse prevention and treatment.

Title VI: Miscellaneous - Requires the Secretary to report to Congress: (1) an interim evaluation of abstinence education programs; and (2) on undistributed child support payments.

(Sec. 603) Requires the Secretary to disclose new hire information to a State to assist in the administration of unemployment compensation programs.

(Sec. 604) Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to make ineligible to receive a visa and to exclude from admission to the United States any nonimmigrant alien more than $2,500 in arrears in legally obligated child support.

(Sec. 605) Declares that certain (welfare-to-work and child support) amendments made by Public Law 106-246 shall take effect as if included in the enactment of section 806 of H.R. 3424 of the 106th Congress by Public Law 106-113.

(Sec. 606) Eliminates the set-aside of welfare-to-work funds for payment of a successful performance bonus.

(Sec. 607) Provides for an increase in payment rate, according to a specified formula, to States for short term training of staff of State-licensed or State-approved child welfare agencies providing services.

Title VII: Effective Date - Specifies the effective date of this Act.