RESOLUTION NO. 98
Presented by Senators DeAngelis and Topinka and Representative Hannig
WHEREAS, non-payment of child support is the greatest single cause of dependence on public assistance for most families and results in an increased burden on Illinois taxpayers; and WHEREAS, in Fiscal Year 1993, the Illinois Department of Public Aid reported collecting $202 million in child support; and WHEREAS, the National State Auditors Association has invited the Illinois Office of the Auditor General and auditors in other states to participate in the conduct of a joint audit of states' child support collection programs; and WHEREAS, a joint audit of child support collections offers a unique opportunity to not only develop recommendations to improve individual state collection programs, but also to propose changes in federal requirements which may help state collection efforts become more effective; now THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Legislative Audit Commission of the State of Illinois that the Auditor General is directed to participate in the National State Auditors Association's joint audit of the State's efforts to collect child support payments. The Auditor General shall conduct a management audit of the child support collection and enforcement program administered by the Illinois Department of Public Aid. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the audit shall include, but need not be limited to, the following determinations: 1) Whether the Department is obtaining child support orders in a timely manner; 2) Whether the Department's system to enforce and collect child support can be made more effective; and 3) Whether child support orders include all required provisions. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Comptroller, and all other State agencies which may have information relevant to this audit shall cooperate fully and promptly with the Office of the Auditor General in the conduct of this audit; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Auditor General shall commence this audit immediately and report his findings and recommendations by December 15, 1994 in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois State Auditing Act. Adopted this 25th day of October, 1993.