San Diego County CSE May Ask Schwarzenegger for Downward Modification

At every turn CSE demonstrates the necessity for their extermination

Jim Untershine, GZS of LB, 01-02-04

San Diego County is objecting to paying their $3.3 million share of the $208 million California "hush money" that was pocketed by Tommy Thompson last year. Thompson, who heads up the Department of Health and Human Services, seems to be putting his foot down regarding state Attorney Generals who turn a blind eye to financial fraud targeting parents. Thompson may also connect the dots regarding the ongoing obesity problem with children as resulting from excessive child support ordered to be paid to custodial parents in some states.

Derrick Miller stood on the steps of a San Diego Child Support Courthouse on 01-07-02 and accused it of causing his death. \1 The details of what provoked Miller's suicide were never revealed to the public, and the assailant he identified seconds before his death was never exposed to criminal prosecution. If Miller was alive today he would probably ask Schwarzenegger to make San Diego County pay double what they owe, charge them 10% interest on the money that they don't pay, and make it non-dischargable in bankruptcy. If they continue to resist; revoke their driver's and business licenses, kick them out of their homes, and issue a restraining order to prevent them from contacting their children.

California and South Carolina are the only states that have failed to comply with the federal mandate regarding statewide child support collection systems. All California counties must pony up their share of 25% of the $208 million Federal participation withheld last year from the California CSE program for failing to implement a federally approved child support accounting system. Although IBM has been contracted to bring California into federal compliance in 8 years at a cost of $801 million, the yearly penalties would eventually soak the state's taxpayers for a total of $1.3 billion. \2

Michigan recently implemented a new child support accounting system, sparing the state from a similar $208 million federal penalty. A crack team of experts from Policy Studies Inc (PSI) of Denver CO implemented the Michigan child support system just before the federal deadline of September 30. PSI was issued a no-bid, multimillion-dollar contract, after Michigan felt they were uniquely qualified to complete the task on a tight deadline. Although the Department of Health and Human Services certified the new Michigan system, it became immediately apparent that the system lacked the ability to operate correctly. The addresses of many parents were not correctly transferred during the upgrade, and intercepted tax refunds were erroneously allowed to reach the rightful taxpaying parent. Michigan has contracted Accenture Ltd. of Bermuda to fix and maintain the PSI conceived system at a cost of $40 million. \3

The Attorney Generals in question are Bill Lockyer of California and Mike Cox of Michigan. Both have a sworn duty to enforce the laws uniformly and adequately throughout their state. Both are responsible for the actions of their state's Child Support Enforcement agencies and District Attorneys offices. Both have contracted Policy Studies Inc. to "cook the books" for their CSE agencies to miraculously prove their state's productivity.\4 Lockyer of California seems to be fine with agencies under his control fraudulently billing parents in his state for another 8 years, while Cox of Michigan puts the fate of his state's parents into the hands of company who moved to Bermuda to dodge taxes. \5

Many may wonder just what the Department of Health and Human Services uses to measure an accounting system's worthiness. The basic function of the child support accounting system is exactly the same as a credit card accounting system with the addition of collection and punitive powers targeting the cardholder owing money. To receive certification from the federal government, what must the accounting system demonstrate the ability to do?

Many may feel that states are reinventing the wheel (I know I do). If states would allow Visa, MasterCard, and American Express to have a crack at designing a child support accounting system, who knows, they might do it for free and accidentally reform welfare in the process.


\1 Union-Tribune, 01-08-02, "Man kills himself on courthouse steps"
\2 Helen Gao, Union-Tribune Staff Writer, 12-25-03, "S.D. County objects to helping pay federal fine", "State penalized for not updating child support collection system"
\3 Adam Emerson, Lansing State Journal, 12-07-03, "Child support burdened by the new system", "Rush to meet deadline leads to mass confusion"
\4 Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer, 01-05-02, "Reformed child support system termed a success", "Services: Glowing report comes on the two-year anniversary of the state agency that collects court-ordered payments, whose amounts doubled on average per case"
\5 Patience Wait, Washington Technology Staff Writer, 10-03-02, "GAO concludes Accenture, others, use tax havens", "The General Accounting Office has concluded that four of the 100 largest federal contractors are incorporated offshore in tax haven countries as a way of lowering their corporate taxes"

Jim Untershine, GZS of LB,,

Jim Untershine holds a BSEE from Mississippi State University and has 13 years experience in feedback control system design. Mr. Untershine is currently using the teachings of Werner Heisenberg and Henry David Thoreau to expose Family Law in California as the exploitation of children for money and the indentured servitude of heterosexual taxpayers who dare to raise children in this country.