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EFPLS provides CSS agencies with locate, income, asset and employment information on noncustodial parents (NCPs). It facilitates the sharing of this information among states. EFPLS consists of:
When a case has been in the Locate Processing Status for seventy-four (74) days, ACTS submits the noncustodial parent (NCP) to the interface with FPLS. As long as the case remains in Locate, it is not automatically submitted again. However, when the case moves to another processing status, then re-enters Locate later, and remains there for seventy-four (74) days, ACTS re-submits the NCP to FPLS. Each time that an NCP is submitted to the ACTS/FPLS interface is recorded in the system.
CSS caseworkers can submit manual requests to all or selected FPLS sources at any time after the initial submission. ACTS records each manual request in the case history.
FPLS has interfaces with the following agencies:
When the FPLS interface returns information, ACTS notifies the responsible caseworker. ACTS also notifies caseworkers when it cannot return information from any of these sources, including the reason why data could not be returned.
When a data match is found, the FPLS sends the results to the applicable state(s) if family violence has NOT been indicated and the Social Security number (SSN) of the individual(s) is verified. Persons in NC NIVD cases do not have information returned. Information on other states' NIVD cases is returned through FRC proactive matching.
FPLS can return the following types of information:
Because the FCR and the NDNH perform proactive searches, caseworkers rarely need to send manual FPLS Locate requests. However, ACTS enables caseworkers to send manual requests to specific (or all) FPLS sources. In order for CSS caseworkers to send a manual FPLS Locate request, the selected ACTS participant must be registered with the FCR.
If caseworkers have exhausted all other location efforts when searching for a client, they can transmit a manual request to FPLS for data from the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) and other external location sources. The resulting response can provide the most recent employment and address data that is available in FPLS.
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.