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.

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