|Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release|
|Thursday, November 20, 2003
|News Media Contact
MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that the Wisconsin Child Support Program earned more than $15.9 million for its outstanding performance during the 2002 federal fiscal year (October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002). Wisconsin’s performance award was the ninth largest despite being ranked 22nd in the 2002 census estimate.
"This award is due to the hard work and dedication of local county child support workers and state staff at DWD’s Bureau of Child Support. Their efforts translate into more money for families in need," stated Gassman.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awards incentive funding to the nation’s 54 child support programs based on five specific performance standards. Wisconsin performance for the five standards was:
Child support programs that earned more funding than Wisconsin were California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Florida and New Jersey. All of these states have significantly larger populations and child support caseloads, but only Pennsylvania topped Wisconsin’s performance rankings.
DHHS will soon publish chart depicting the performance scores of the 54 child support programs at http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/.