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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Mississippi Privatized Child Support Collections. A New Report Says It Didn't Work Well.

From Mississippi Daily Journal:

A move by state government to privatize the management of a poorly performing child support system did not boost the amount of money collected, according to a government watchdog panel.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, released findings on Wednesday that raises questions about the management of a federally mandated child support enforcement program.

After full privatization, Mississippi’s performance on only two of five criteria the federal government uses to measure the performance of child support programs improved. Crucially, there was no improvement related to the collection of current child support payments or past-due child support payments.

In the most recent fiscal year studied by PEER, the current child support payment rate was 54%, the lowest of any contiguous state.

In that same year, the collection of past due child support payments was 58%. Among contiguous states, only Louisiana performed worse.

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