INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF
The Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act (FFCCSOA) is located in Section
1738B of Title 28 of the United States Code.
FFCCSOA requires courts of all United States territories, states, and tribes to accord full faith and credit to a child support order issued by another state or tribe that properly exercised jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter.
As described in the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Action Transmittal AT‑02-03, this includes registering, for enforcement or modification purposes, state child support orders in tribal courts or Courts of Indian Offenses.
AT‑02‑03 is available from the OCSE website at
Child Support Services (CSS) may send a limited services request to a comprehensive tribal Title IV-D program (tribal program) for:
(1) assistance to obtain service of process for a person who resides on tribal land;
(2) issuance of an Income Withholding Order for a noncustodial parent (NCP) who is employed with the tribe; or
(3) other extenuating case circumstances.
Staff contacts the tribal program to determine what services the tribe can provide before sending a limited services request.
When a child is the subject of a guardianship action in tribal court, CSS may seek assistance from the tribal Title IV-D program to coordinate efforts to establish or enforce a support order.
If the tribal IV-D program will accept a referral or a tribal court has exclusive jurisdiction, CSS makes an outgoing referral.
Otherwise, CSS proceeds with establishment and enforcement.
CSS uses the terms "case referral," "case transfer," and "case closure" as described in OCSE PIQT-05-01 and PIQT-05-02.
When the tribal program is not from Oklahoma or using the Oklahoma Support Information System (OSIS) as its case management system, CSS staff initiates an intergovernmental referral on the OSIS Referral Add (REFA) screen using the assigned FIPS code.
To find comprehensive tribal programs and tribal FIPS codes, CSS staff uses the OCSE Intergovernmental Reference Guide (IRG) at https://extranet.acf.hhs.gov/irg/welcome.html.
When a referral is being made to a tribal program, CSS staff contacts the tribal program to determine what is required before a referral is made.
The referral process depends on whether the tribal program is using OSIS.
When a tribal program is:
(1) not using OSIS, CSS staff makes all appropriate intergovernmental updates in OSIS including, but not limited to, the OSIS REFA and CSLOGA screens; or
(2) using OSIS as its case management system, CSS staff changes the office code to the appropriate tribal numeric office code and documents case actions on the OSIS CSLOGA screen.
Unless otherwise provided by state law or the Code of Federal Regulations, "state services," for the purpose of determining that CSS may not close a case when a party applies for tribal Title IV-D services, include:
(1) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
(2) SoonerCare (Medicaid), other than child-only SoonerCare; or
(3) Child Care subsidy programs.
CSS retains a CSS child support case when there is a deprived or delinquent state juvenile court action even when the child is placed in the custody of a tribal member.
CSS may coordinate with an Oklahoma tribal program when CSS determines the NCP is within a tribal program's jurisdiction and it is not appropriate for CSS to use its one-state remedies to establish paternity and establish, modify, or enforce a support order.
The CSS state's attorney communicates with the tribal program to coordinate whether legal actions should be dismissed or continue to an agreed point of resolution.