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Review and Economic Analysis of the Maine Child Support Guidelines


Location
Maine
Publication Date
07/08/2020 12:23 PM EDT
Closing Date
08/03/2020 11:59 PM EDT
Issuing Organization
State of Maine - Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
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Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: Analysis of Case Data Provide a comprehensive analysis of case data to fulfill the requirements in 45 CFR § 302.56(h)(2), including: An analysis of the application of and deviations from the Maine Child Support Guidelines, as well as the rates of default and imputed child support orders and orders determined using the low-income adjustment. A comparison of payments on child support orders by case characteristics, including whether the order was entered by default, based upon imputed income, or determined using the low-income adjustment. A study of the data used in the review of Maine Child Support Guidelines to ensure that deviations from the guidelines are limited and that guideline amounts are appropriate based on criteria established under 45 CFR § 302.56(g). Preparing tables and charts within the Review report, where appropriate to illustrate key findings. Analysis of Economic Data Provide a comprehensive analysis of economic data, adjusted to Maine’s cost of living and tax rates, to ensure the requirements of 45 CFR § 302.56(h)(1) are met, including: Cost of raising children. Labor market data, including: Unemployment rates; Employment rates; Hours worked; and Earnings. By occupation; and By skill level for State and local job markets. Impact of Maine Child Support Guidelines on custodial and noncustodial parents with family incomes below two hundred percent (200%) of the Federal Poverty Level. Factors that influence employment rates among noncustodial parents. Compliance with child support orders. Any other consideration or factor identified in 45 CFR § 302.56(h)(1). Self-Support Reserve and Alternative Low-Income Adjustments Ensure the final Review report includes how the Maine Child Support Guidelines affect low-income obligors by: Proposing Maine Child Support Guideline Law changes that affect low-income obligors. The proposed changes shall be based on common practices and best practices used by states, such as: Self-support reserves and income imputation provisions, including provisions that specifically address incarcerated obligors. Documenting the rationale or basis for the proposed changes. Rationales shall reference academic literature and the f ederal Office of Child Support Enforcement publications relevant to low-income adjustments and income imputations in state guidelines Providing the impact of the proposed changes supported by graphical and tabular comparisons of the existing and proposed tables. Providing alternative low-income adjustment(s), a description of the adjustment(s), and a rational for the adjustment(s), such as payment patterns. Staffing Requirements Provide job descriptions including minimum qualifications for all staff, including the project lead. Provide current resumes for all proposed staff. At a minimum: Economist who is familiar with updating child support guidelines; or Equivalent knowledge and at least five (5) years’ experience in evaluating economic studies for child support guideline purposes. Furnish a description of the academic and professional qualifications of the staff who will be conducting the economic study, analyzing case file sampling data, making recommendations, and drafting the required report. Describe how subcontractors, if any, will interact with the Bidder’s organization (i.e. oversight and management of subcontractor). Provide a staffing plan describing how the proposed minimum staffing requirements/qualification will be met. The plan shall clearly delineate by position title and the amount of staff time to be assigned.

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