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Board BulletinDecember 4, 2009
Child Support Enforcement Responsibilities
 
As you will recall, on July 1, 2010, the State will eliminate funding for 16 state-operated child support enforcement (CSE) offices that provide services to 28 counties. CSE is responsible for ensuring children receive financial support ordered by the courts.
 
Through its 2009 Appropriations Act, the General Assembly directed each CSE office being administered by the State (NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services) to be administered by the local county authority. By January 1, 2010, NC counties must submit to the State a plan for administering CSE within the county or as part of a region.
 
CSE administration options include:
  • Providing CSE services through the County’s Department of Social Services or some other County department
  • Outsourcing services to a private provider under contract to the County
  • Partnering with other counties to administer the services regionally.
A CSE Transition Team, including staff from County Finance, Attorney’s Office, HR and IST, has analyzed the fiscal and operational impact of each option. My Executive Team has reviewed the analysis and a final recommendation, including a funding plan, will be provided to the Board at the December 15 Board Meeting.
 
For more information, please contact General Manager Michelle Lancaster at 704-336-2621 or email.
 

Lobbying Services Contracts
 
Recently, we concluded a process to receive and evaluate proposals from firms desiring to provide the County’s state and federal lobbying services. Based on a staff review of proposals and an interview process that included both staff and interested Board members, The Ferguson Group has been selected to represent the County at the federal level. I also have decided to continue the County's existing relationship with Bill Scoggin and his team for state legislative services. I would note that effective January 1, Bill and his team will become part of the Troutman Sanders Strategies firm in Raleigh.
 
While our engagement with The Ferguson Group does not officially begin until January 1, they have agreed to begin immediately in assisting us with forming our 2010 federal legislative agenda. Board members and department directors will have the opportunity to meet with Ferguson Group staff in the next few weeks to discuss legislative opportunities.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Womble Carlyle for their service over the past six years. They have represented Mecklenburg County in a professional manner, and are exhibiting the same level of professionalism in assisting us with our transition to our new firm.
 
If you have any questions about the County’s state or federal advocacy efforts, please contact Brian Francis at 704-336-2611 or email.
 
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager


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