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CSENet is a nationwide communications network that links individual state child support systems together. Over this network, states use standard transactions to electronically request or report information.
Each state has a workstation, software, and communications technology to interface with CSENet. The CSENet application software contains options allowing each state to select the features that best compliment their state's CSS system.
The ACTS/CSENet interface is designed to automate the generation and receipt of interstate transactions and communications for activities related to interstate processing. These activities involve both outgoing and incoming requests and include the following:
1. Referring interstate cases between states;
2. Handling interstate noncustodial parent (NCP) locate requests;
3. Establishing and enforcing interstate paternity and support orders; and
4. Exchanging case and participant data updates.
The primary goal of CSENet processing is to minimize the amount of caseworker interaction that is required to facilitate routine ongoing interstate communications.
In an attempt to provide more effective service for interstate cases, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) initiated the National Interstate Case Reconciliation (ICR) Project. States submitted cases that were identified as "interstate" to OCSE to be matched against other states' records and the Federal Case Registry (FCR).
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.