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Some Pretty Strange HHS Grant Titles under “Diversionary” Special Interest Child Support Funding.

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Notice:  There are a few heavy issues going around (at least in my thoughts).  I’ll name ONE, TWO, THREE below, and simply tell us that today, I am avoiding the heavy-duty thinking and instead am reporting (below ONE, TWO, THREE sections) an odd assortment of what the heck is happening with our Child Support Enforcement $4 billion annual budget, including some very strange ways of labeling: Grantee, Principal investigator (when there is one), DUNS# (required for federal purchase and absent on too many HHS Grant awards) not to mention the name of the AWARD itself.

I promise this will be interesting, IF this is your cup of tea.  If you don’t have a sense of humor, Lord help you, and quit now, this post will irritate you!

Retranslated, that little intro tells you I’m not feeling well (given these contexts, and psychologically) today, so you get offerings, and that’s it.  Then again, I’ve been studying these topics long enough, and have a unique enough viewpoint, they might also be worth considering under Who moved The Cheese and “You did WHAT!?$#@?? with my money, Congress?”

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including a recent significant ruling from Orange County, California (mother was awarded damages, including some punitive, of $4.9 million for social worker abuses causing in appropriate removal of her children.  It took her six years to get them back, and supervised visitation and child abuse allegations — by the child, not the mom — threats, and all kinds of horrible events were involved in this case.

In other words, it was a fairly typical situation when molestation crops up as a topic.   Father is put on supervised visitation, monitors begin threatening the girls AND the mother when one girl (autistic) resists, and they follow through on the threat, and stick the kid in foster care.  To add to the interest, this is a mother from Seal Beach, where another allegedly “fairly typical” divorce ended last fall in an 8-person massacre.  If these are “typical” we are in serious trouble.  I commented on this in another forum:  If you care to read it, see my 2nd & 3rd comments on this thread, today:  (About the Nonprofits Front Groups that help traffick kids (and just exhaust their parents to get an “unfit” declaration).   I started this thread to stop irritating people on the other threads who preferred banter and in-fighting to strategizing based on analysis, which possibly helped keep both sets of blood pressures down a notch.  I can ignore them and they can more easily ignore me.

In my comment I reminded us that this was such a major issue that a Georgia Senator and her husband were (possibly) murdered while she was in the process of exposing it; there are a number of individuals who simply don’t buy that Nancy Schaefer’s husband murdered her, then committed suicide.  Among these is Garland Favorito, who says he was close to the family and gives a year-later follow up.   So it was  rather heavy-duty morning.

TWO, San Francisco’s New Sheriff was just arraigned on DV charges.

Some details here — I don’t know how “national” the coverage on this one is.  I haven’t followed this one so closely, but for women in certain situations (yes, me, too) who have in the past hoped that sheriffs might help them stop a crime in progress, or report one just committed, the sense that the head of the place has issues with it himself, and problems with women, is naturally disturbing.  There have been also in various places, allegations and lawsuits against district attorneys or their employees surrounding rape, etc., by coworkers, and of course i’ve already blogged “Dubious Doings by District Attorneys.”  These men and women, some of who have given their lives in the line of duty, including literally to protect victims in a ‘domestic dispute” in process (and involving bullets, also have the capacity to sit back and do nothing with impunity.  The cumulative effect of, between family law and criminal elements, wonder where to go for justice — or assistance — gets discouraging year after year.  Here’s some news on this matter:

Also, in San Francisco, an incoming sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, is now on the spot for domestic violence against his wife:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-sf-sheriff-domestic-violence-jpeg-09ad6.jpg-20120113,0,4587269.photo

San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, leave City Hall in San Francisco. The newly sworn-in sheriff has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000168" title="New Year's Day" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/new-years-day-EVFES000168.topic">New Year's Eve</a> fight with Lopez.

San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, leave City Hall in San Francisco. The newly sworn-in sheriff has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a New Year’s Eve fight with Lopez.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s new sheriff is scheduled to appear in court on allegations he mistreated his wife in front of their toddler son and told her not to tell anybody about it.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (meer-kah-REEM’-ee) is expected to plead not guilty at his arraignment Thursday afternoon in San Francisco Superior Court.

Mirkarimi’s lawyer, Robert Waggener, says he will likely ask for a speedy trial.

Prosecutors have charged the 50-year-old sheriff with domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. The three misdemeanor charges come after a New Year’s Eve incident with his wife, Eliana Lopez, at their home.

This is not just any old sheriff (no offence, men and women serving on the forces!) but a former SF Supervisor;

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Ross Mirkarimi (pronounced Meehr-kah-reem-e), was elected San Francisco District 5 Supervisor in 2004, and reelected in 2008.   In 2009, he was appointed by the State Senate to the California Coastal Commission, one of the most powerful land-use bodies in the United States. Ross has lived in San Francisco for 25 years.

Supervisor Mirkarimi has authored more than 80 ordinances that have had both citywide and national impact. Apart from his reputation for sponsoring cutting-edge laws, he is also well known for his 24/7 focus on issues that chronically challenge his district and the City.

. . .

  • Reentry for Ex-Offenders: Formation of the Safe Communities Reentry Council to help reintegrate the formerly incarcerated — recognizing the reentry process as a critical opportunity to break the cycle of crime and violence and reduce California’s worst-in-the-nation recidivism rate.
  • Ross was born in Chicago to an Iranian father and mother of Russian descent.Ross spent most of his youth in Rhode Island, obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University (Political Science and Russian Literature), and earned Master’s degrees from Golden Gate University (Economics) and the University of San Francisco (Environmental Science/Management). He is also a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, where he was class president.Prior to being elected Supervisor, Ross served as an investigator with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for almost nine years, specializing in economic and environmental crimes.Community organizing and activism have always been a significant part of Ross’s life, as student body president of St. Louis University, president of the Missouri Public Interest Research Group (MOPIRG), and co-founder of the California Green Party.

He would seem to be well-educated and well-qualified, unless the charges are true.  Per enotes.com, he’s very progressive, and was even a member of NOW

Reparations bill

Mirkarimi also authored a piece of reparations bill, which would give descendants of those displaced by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency from the Western Addition priority in obtaining affordable housing. During the 1960s the city tore down much of the historic Fillmore district, most of whose resident’s were permanently removed. Two-thirds of those displaced were African American.[27]

Makes sense to me….  He also was in favor of public (not private) regulated medical marijuana dispensaries (controversial enough?) and

On April 21, 2009, Ross Mirkarimi became a father, as Eliana Lopez, a Venezuelan TV star whom he met at an environmental conference in Brazil, gave birth to his son, Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.[7][8]

I do note:

He grew up inJamestown, Rhode Island, where he graduated from the Catholic, all-male Bishop Hendricken High School in 1979.

Here’s some SFWeekly on the issue, with plenty of links, including one showing Eliana denying the abuse  and speaking about her neighbor’s insistence on prosecution.  Me, I’m noticing the size differencene (husband/wife), don’t have enough facts to make a call (and it’s not my call), but if it’s true, it sure is a matter of concern, and — sorry — attending an all male Catholic high school (even though sounds like a good one) says something to me.

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Eliana Lopez Admits She Talked to Neighbor, But Denies Abuse

(from SFweekly blog).
By Lauren Smiley Wed., Jan. 18 2012 at 6:00 PM
(Check out article and related links here).  Here’s one account from the warrant, article title contains the word ‘Ballistic,” it says:

Police Interview Second Witness In Domestic Violence Incident 

A copy of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s arrest warrant was released to the media today, painting a disturbing picture of what allegedly took place between Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a reported New Year’s Eve domestic dispute.

According to the warrant, Mirkarimi was taking his family to lunch on Dec. 31 when Lopez asked him if, after his inauguration, she could travel to Venezuela to visit her family with their 2-year-old son, Theo. Mirkarimi reportedly lost his cool, and began screaming “fuck you,” to Lopez.

“Fuck you, fuck you, you are trying to take Theo away from me,” Mirkarimi reportedly said. He then allegedly turned the car around and told her that he wasn’t taking them to eat, saying something to the effect of “she didn’t deserve to eat.”

The fight escalated when the couple returned to their Western Addition home, where Mirkarimi allegedly pushed, pulled, grabbed, and verbally abused Lopez, according to the document.

Lopez ran outside the house, telling him that she would call the police. The couple’s son was screaming and crying, too. Mirkarimi repeatedly apologized to his wife and begged her to come back into the house, per the warrant.

The next day, Lopez visited her neighbor, Ivory Madison, and told her about the domestic violence dispute. She was in tears and asked Madison to video the bruise on her arm, explaining that she wanted all of it recorded in case Mirkarimi tried to take their son away.

On Jan. 12 — after the incident had been reported to police — officers contacted “another neighbor” who claims Lopez told her about the New Year’s Eve fight. She reportedly told the witness that it was the second time in 2011 that Mirkarimi had abused her. She showed her the bruise on her arm, which was a “pretty big” brown injury that appeared to be a hand or finger marks, according to police.

One of the women reporting him actually helped host a fundraiser to get him elected:

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Neighbor Who Reported Domestic Violence Fundraised for New Sheriff

By Erin Sherbert Mon., Jan. 9 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Politics

But a quick Google search shows that it’s not exactly his political enemies, but rather his political allies who are “the forces at work” in this ongoing case. Ivory Madison, the neighbor who called police to report the alleged domestic violence, is also the same woman who helped get Mirkarimi elected.

According to ActBlue, a democratic political action committee, Madison hosted a fundraiser for Mirkarimi on Oct. 15, 2011. Here’s what the invite said:

Please Join Us In Support of Ross Mirkarimi For Sheriff!

Spend some quality time with Ross, his wife Eliana Lopez, and their son

Hosted by Ivory Madison & Abraham Mertens, Jane Morrison, Thea Selby, and Gladys Holder Soto

etc.  This ain’t over yet.  

THREE:

Will show in next few posts, I hope.  Have been seeing the need to incorporate and address the different angles that come up when Juvenile Justice Diversionary programs (i.e., help them, don’t jail them) run into the family law’s approach, which is the more diversions the better, and the dangers of being a mother in this day and time, once physical assaults have occurred and jumpstarted some legal action.   Family Court is a great place for batterers (that’s what the DV orgs call such people, as does the book’ The Batterer as Parent”) aka “parent” as the father-friendly AFCC groups like to call them.

The problem the Juvenile Justice groups confront is very, very real — which is racist incarceration practices.  It’s a large and wide-ranging topic, so I can’t say a whole lot more, just now.

I also have been feeling, not just seeing, the influence of the outfits that are able to operate with more freedom because they are under-reported; they are rarely front-page news, although they help create it and censor it in times, through simply buying out media.  I’m talking about nonprofits like ALEC, or The New American Century.

Really, these are tough times, and it requires sound thinking.   I’d love to just ignore all this and put my nose to the grindstone again, but year after year of doing exactly that (while children in the home, or after they were — overnight, and again right on the cusp of success for them and me both — NOT in my home) one knows better than to just charge off as IF one were totally free to choose, when in context, one is not.

Years of disruption of income for women without supportive families is particularly worrisome.  We have no job stability or social stability, and quite frankly, recreating onesself in relationship to the communities where one has fought the courts and or one’s ex for so long, after which discovering the means of betrayal (within supposedly supportive government institutions) — how’d you like to do this for approximately 20, 30, possibly 40, possibly til the day you die, years?    Particularly when you know you can contribute and have in the past, when it was possible to work for a few years in a row on single projects, or at a single line of work?

This experience actually is better preparation for war (or, as such, business startups) than for any professional occupations or things one can do in a time of peace, which this isn’t.  My experience of marriage AND family (of origin) has been one of nonstop tribal-style warfare, and most of the war appeared to be over shutting down basic expressions of sentient life, use of one’s mind, and humanity.  Things like choice.  Or seeking to protect the fruits of my own efforts for a season or maybe even two in a row.  and I know my case was better than many, although perhaps not for the length.

Yesterday, I spent time (hours) with an acquaintance who had a social worker set her up and remove children without any order, or due process, while a restraining order was on.  (Munchausen’s by Proxy).  I looked up the social worker who did this thing, by name (not my state) and found she had barely completed a bachelor’s in social science (it took maybe 5 years), worked briefly for an entity which got HHS block grants in the area, it doesn’t appear this person ever lived outside the immediate geographic area (which the mother had, as had the father in the case)– and suddenly this erstwhile social worker becomes Director of Family Court Services?

Not only does this particular mother have no contact with her kids, to speak of, she also has no LIFE outside fighting this case (now at the federal level) and for periods she also had no home.  The custody reversal kicked her out of her own home without somewhere to go, apparently deprived of community property, and for a time she was simply living in her car in a cold climate (not the first mother I know this has happened to).    And yet, the FR groups still say, the courts are biased against men?  WHERE?

The story is grindingly simple and I noted that the process again began with ordering supervised visitation to the mother, immediately.  Give us your assets, and pay to see your kids that you gave birth to.

Land of the free and home of the brave? ?   Brave yes — free, no.

Added to all this, one never really (?) gets over loss of relationship with one’s children, and particularly not when it was known to in violation of due process, and without a factual or legal basis on the record as to why, and suspiciously corresponded with one guy’s high child support arrears (through not working) and a few other middle-aged female’s known empty nests (one, opted for abortion + snatch someone else’s kids, the other, after two (at least) known failed relationships, needed to have some kids around possibly for church social status — and free housekeeping).  Women are no less complicit in these matters than men, although I do believe more equality in government (meaning, CONGRESS!) might bring out the best — not the worst — in human nature.

SO,  BELOW THIS LINE iS WHERE THE POST’S TITLE CONTENT BEGINS.  JUST LOOKING….

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From the “90FD series” which apparently may represent the Partnership With Universities to Fix Things series:

1115 Grants Awarded in FY 2011

Section 1115 Grants: Partnership to Strengthen Families: Child Support Enforcement and University Partnerships

(check it out).

If one grant catches my attention, I often go look for similar ones on TAGGS.  Which means I often have two or three reports of various sorts to browse, scan and possibly check out, going at a time.  This helps me (i’m a scanner; hey– it takes all kinds!) to build a little mental database of what’s going on in the free money to help solve society’s problems by standardizing & circulating answers to almost every question  (similar to catechism, only supposedly not religious) business, which is what HHS is pretty well invested in.  Actually YOU are invested if you file an income tax return, or have it withheld.  Make that a “WE.”

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that TAGGS database wasn’t actually designed for human use outside the people administering the grants.  I mean:  The third column here is supposed to actually describe what the Award is about — it’s “Award Title”

 Check some of them out:
Results 1 to 305 of 305 matches.
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Grantee Name Award Number Award Title Budget Year Action Issue Date Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
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MI ST OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, BUREAU OF MGNT & BUDGET 90FD0181 RETOOLING MICHIGAN’S CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM  1 09/27/2011 OTHER NEW MARILYN STEPHEN $ 100,000
GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0090 GEORGIA DEPT. OF HUMAN RESOURCES 1 08/27/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW RUSSELL EASTMAN $ 125,000
GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0101 STATE OF GEORGIA 1 09/16/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW RONNIE BATES $ 43,000
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0089 STATE OF MINNESOTA 1 09/23/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW WAYLAND CAMPBELL $ 43,000

Well, that really narrows it down, thanks for the explanation.   One year’s salary (average administrative secretarial?) for “STATE OF GEORGIA” award.  Glad you found something to put in that field called “Award Title.”

Now we can start with the research:  Is it bigger than a breadbox?  Is it a consumable or an invisible intangible?   Can I link to it, and who is selling it?   Should I search for it at HHS or within the GA Dept of HUMAN RESOURcES?

MN is doing this kind of labelling too, obviously.  So is TN, only TN can’t make up its mind what to call itself in the Grantee Institution field . . . . .

“TN ST” or “STATE OF TENNESSEE” (depending on how it was entered) and CHARLES BRYSON (or “MR. CHARLES BRYSON”) are quite active, and I wonder if this too involves some ‘retooling” of the child support system.  Most grants have a partial clue to what’s going on, but some really do not:

STATE OF TENNESSEE  90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 1 06/23/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 82,853
State of Louisiana, Department of Social Services 90FD0125 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-2) 1 08/23/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW ROBBIE ENDRIS $ 59,983
TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 1 07/20/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 108,112
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  90FD0077 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT, PRIORITY AREA #4 1 08/26/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 60,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  90FD0102 TENNESSEE DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES  1 09/16/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW LINDA CHAPPELL $ 62,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/31/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 101,427
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 07/27/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,688
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 03/06/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 02/24/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 1 09/20/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 54,612
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 08/09/2009 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 52,034
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/12/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 05/13/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 09/01/2010 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 50,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 05/18/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 71,240
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 3 08/08/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 47,500
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES  1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 85,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 2 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 75,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0177 INTEGRATING WORKFORCE STRATEGIES WITH CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES IN TENNESSEE 1 09/24/2011 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 55,000

Any particular reason why the name of an award is simply the name of the state, or the department within the state?   Hello, I am applying for a grant, my Company  is “BROKEN ARROW PROMISES”   I promise to XYZ.   OK, but the public needs to know what the grant is for, so we’ll just call it the  BROKEN ARROW PROMISES grant, which will explain where their taxes are going.

Here’s a simple search of all grants to this department, showing a few different DUNS#, some NO DUNS# (oops), and over $6 billion of grants, which we already know is going to include literal TANF (food stamps, cash aid) Child Support Enforcement, Medicaid, Foster Care and Adoption Assistance,, research grants to some hospitals surely, support of various institutes in a university here and there, no doubt, and of course it is going to include the ominpresent:  Marriage and Fatherhood promotion funding, I imagine, and possibly Access/visitation (if this department is the State Grantee).  This is a fraction of federal aid to TN, but it represents only grants from HHS to this agency within the state:

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (1) NASHVILLE TN 37203 DAVIDSON 000000000 $ 1,058,528,305
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37203 DAVIDSON 878556299 $ 167,988,641
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (3) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 098973790 $ 371,861
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (2) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 878556299 $ 5,977,898,624
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON $ 50,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON $ 40,000

(1) this amount relates to a very few award series, which i’m not going to look up just now, except that this is certainly an interesting award title for something representing $67 million of funding, don’t you think?

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 10 ACF 11-13-2002 000000000 $ 9,499,229 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 24 ACF 01-06-2003 000000000 $ 7,864,797 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 27 ACF 01-24-2003 000000000 $ 2,007,525 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 38 ACF 03-06-2003 000000000 $ 918,778 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 40 ACF 04-01-2003 000000000 $ 6,094,268 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 4 ACF 12-12-2002 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 5 ACF 01-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 6 ACF 04-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 7 ACF 07-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
Fiscal Year 2003 Total: $ 60,456,425
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2002 02B1TNLIEA  1 13 ACF 11-09-2001 000000000 $ 4,749,615 
2002 02B1TNLIEA  1 26 ACF 01-01-2002 000000000 $ 1,899,846 
Fiscal Year 2002 Total: $ 6,649,461

the “TNSOSR” is labeled CFDA code 93667 which reads “Social Services Block Grant”

the “TNLIEA is labeled CFDA code 93568 which reads ‘Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’ (LIHEAP).  Why were some awards labeled simply LIHEAP and this, LIEA?  I don’t know.

(2) — THE LARGEST CATEGORY (to this State Dept.) includes TANF itself, grants from OCSE, and other, plus a mere $182K to Access/Visitation.   So far in 2012 — just for reference — over $20.8 million has been distributed, or at least awarded, under the DUNS# 878556299

2012 1004TN4004  2010 OCSE 1 33 ACF 12-09-2011 878556299 $ 8,122,576 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 1 ACF 10-01-2011 878556299 $ 9,325,811 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 4 ACF 11-01-2011 878556299 $ 1,316,233 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 8 ACF 01-01-2012 878556299 $ 2,907,833 
2012 1201TNSAVP  FY 2012 STATE ACCESS AND VISITATION 1 1 ACF 11-22-2011 878556299 $ 182,772 

Another chunk of awards (a large chunk) is for Child Care, which it shows is part of TANF.  Makes sense that child care assistance helps people get to their jobs.  It’s a lot of money, isn’t it!

Fiscal Year OPDIV Grantee Name Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2012 ACF TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2012 CCDF 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund BLOCK TANF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 48,186,320
2012 ACF TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2012 CCDF 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund BLOCK TANF NEW $ 17,616,547
Results 1 to 2 of 2 matches.

STILL under the largest chunk if funding marked “(2)” above, here are the 2011 awards to this department, showing a variety of award purposes:

2011 90FD0129  SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 1 ACF 05-18-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0129  SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 2 ACF 05-13-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0139  FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 3 0 ACF 08-08-2011 878556299 $ 47,500 
2011 90FD0139  FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 1 ACF 03-14-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0148  TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 0 ACF 08-14-2011 878556299 $ 49,300 
2011 90FD0148  TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 1 ACF 03-14-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0171  BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 2 0 ACF 08-14-2011 878556299 $ 75,000 
2011 90FD0177  INTEGRATING WORKFORCE STRATEGIES WITH CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES IN TENNESSEE 1 0 ACF 09-24-2011 878556299 $ 55,000 

We see awards 90FD0129, 0139, 0148, 0171, and 0177 in a variety of budget years, (0177 being budget year 1).   FD0129 (Showing “zero” in 2011) began in 2008, is marked “discretionary” and disbursed $156K.  For what (??) who knows?  Click on any hyperlink to learn more about the award, like when it started.   FD0139 began in 2009 (recovery act year, not really good news, as recovery act awards have a reputation by now as not well monitored) and amount is $218,764 — for What?  WHAT “family services” — marriage promotion?

Charles Bryson is one of two listed IV-D contacts (Private Collection Agency Policy — though none listed for TN).

A few search results here — this is a NCSEA (National Child Support Enforcement Association) porta-conference flyer, i.e, products for sale.  The logo reads “Innovate, Collaborate, Communicate” and “Planting the Seeds of the Modern Family” which definitely seems to be how CSE agencies (local) see themselves anyhow.

NCSEA is excited to introduce our 2011 Annual Conference workshop recordings, the NCSEA Portable Conference–a great way to get the most from the 2011 NCSEA Annual Conference experience.

Six workshop sessions (listed below) were recorded–including audio and video recordings, synched to the Power Point Presentation--and made available for purchase in CD or Streaming format, requiring Microsoft Silverlight (www.Silverlight.net). Please be sure that your system can accommodate the streaming interface recording. No refunds are available for technical difficulties.

If you were unable to attend NCSEA’s Annual Conference, you can now share in the valuable information presented at the workshops.

NCSEA Portable Conference Pricing

The Portable Conference is available in a bundle including all six workshops. Individual workshops may not be purchased separately.

NCSEA members $ 250 Non-members $ 375

Don’t ever say your child support issues are “local” or your county is the most corrupt in the nation.  Strategies are nationalized.  For those of us non-members (and note — the public CANNOT become members – at least in California, you actually have to be a child support director to become a member!) So even if a parent had $375 to spare (unlikely in the days of expanding and innovating child support agencies), he or she would also have to have a friend in the agency.  Get a look at this! (Still from the portable conference site)

Collaboration & Communication -the New Face of the Innovative Child Support Agency

The role of child support agencies appears to be expanding to include innovations, more collaborations, and better communications. New ideas for programs to reach out to our customers and partners are being tested. Child support agencies are increasingly involved with new initiatives to help parents become more responsible and better able to care for their children and themselves… Work force and prisoner reentry initiatives in child support offices are becoming more popular nationally as we work with NCPs {{noncustodial parents}} to help them meet their responsibilities. Learn how your agency can better serve its community. We’ll discuss some new initiatives, how they started and how they are being funded at a time when we all have to do more with less.

Presenters:

Alicia Key, IV-D Director, Child Support Division, Office of the Texas Attorney General

Angela Anton, Assistant Jefferson (KY) County Attorney, Child Support Division {{REmember, Kentucky has the “Turning It Around” extort your Dads into fatherhood program participation once they’ve been arrested for nonpayment?}}

Kimberly Dent, Human Services Program Administrator 3, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Amy B. Gober (Moderator), Senior Associate, Center for the Support of Families

{{Sure, that’s really helping….Children don’t need food, they need better relationship skills classes for their parents, etc.}}

Here’s our Mr. Bryson as participant.  Notice all the grants he’s overseeing in TN:

Reducing Adversarial Relationships: How Child Support Agencies Take On Access and Visitation

Enjoy a frank discussion on how and why to improve the access and visitation program in your state/office. Best practices are shared on how to work with both parents in developing communication tools and conflict resolution ideas for the betterment of the child. Presenters:

Russell Eastman, Manager, Georgia Division of Child Support Services Charles Bryson, Director, Tennessee Child Support Field Operations and Management Gerry White, Compliance and Program Development Manager, Families First.** Ann Russell (Moderator), Program Specialist, OCSE

**Families First is a major Atlanta-based organization, I’ve actually had a mother ask me to investigate this one, and began to.  Anyhow, Mr. White shows up at a nice fatherhood conference here:

Families First Presents Workshop at 10th Annual International Fatherhood Conference

The National Partnership for Community Leadership held its 10th Annual International Fatherhood Conference June 10-13th in Washington DC. The goal of the conference is to build strong family relationships, and this year’s theme: “Reconnecting Fathers to Families: At Home & Abroad” emphasized the need to educate the world about the importance of responsible fatherhood.

Dr. Gerry White and Freddie Wilson represented Families First at the conference and presented a workshop entitled “Quantitative Study of Factors that Impact Parental Involvement Among African American Unwed Fathers.” This workshop identified key factors associated with father involvement through programmatic and research findings. It also provided specific strategies for assisting fathers with improving involvement, and detailed how responsible fatherhood involvement is multi-dimensional.

NPCL (above) IS about pushing fathers’ rights, period.   It has many ways of doing this, and its CEO, “Dr. Jeffrey Johnston” bio reads — in part —

Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of leadership, employment and training, urban poverty and youth employment.  A particular focus of Dr. Johnson’s work has been on the plight of African-American men and families.  He is regularly invited to testify before the United States Congress on matters pertaining to low-income fathers and strengthening families. He played a principal role in passage of the first national fatherhood legislation in Congress, The Fathers Count Bill Dr. Johnson is also the author of several publications including Fatherhood Development: A Curriculum for Young Fathers.

and I think we get the general emphasis here, right?  So this is a group Families First is advertising (its conference) and Families First is, among many other things, receiving support — or at least partnering with — two Georgia Counties (Cobb & Fulton) and Depts. of Human Resources.  Its Program leader — known to be associating with a major fatherhood promoter (Dr. Johnston, who holds 3 degrees from UMichigan), and has been given by way of NCSEA portaconference (and obviously the live NCSEA conference) — a nationwide platform alongside three other seriously heavyweight Child Support Personnel (Mr. Bryson of TN being the Title IV-D contact, and we can see from TAGGS a hint of the budget size this relates to).

This should further illustrate how HHS supported and Government-supported Nonprofits are being allowed to drive policy for the entire nation (which is, FYI, over 50% female) in places they don’t have access to, and often don’t know exist.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Morehouse College Research Institute, The District of Columbia Commission on African-American Men and Boys, and the District of Columbia Neighborhood College wherein he serves as Chair.

 He is also the 1999 and 2003 recipient of the President’s Award by The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families. This award annually recognizes outstanding leadership in the promotion of responsible fatherhood.  Dr. Johnson is a member of The Peoples Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland where he serves as President of the Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

 Dr. Johnson’s most recent project, the nation’s first Responsible Fatherhood Rally, was held June 20, 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. “The National Rally for Responsible Fatherhood on Behalf of America’a Children: A Call to Personal Responsibility” convened hundreds of Local Men and Father’s, and had a virtual attendance through live webcast of over 10,000. Click Here to watch “The Business of Fatherhood”, a documentary narrated by Dr. Jeffery Johnson featuring the preparation and launching of 2 signature Fatherhood events: The Annual International Fatherhood Conference, and ‘The National Rally for Responsible Fatherhood on Behalf of America’s Children’. (Email jjconferencecoordinator@gmail.com for the full version) http://www.fathersdayrally.com

re:

The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families

I have blogged this before, use “search.”  I had somethings to say about the Ohio branch, and learned a lot researching it about how Ohio is put together these days, particularly its “Fatherhood Commission.”

“YOWSA!” — I don’t remember if I’d seen this particular little project by the Colorado Dynamic Duo of “center for policy research” (the 6 to 7-woman team whose leadership includes Jessica Pearson, whose origins date back to the beginning of AFCC) and “Policy Studies, Inc.”   This is from 2006 and is comparing Colorado (Small state) Tennessee (medium state) and Texas (large-state) versions of how to set up Access visitation programming.  Every parent should read it, and see how the ‘team” includes a mingling of the courts, child support, and often a third party.  in TEXAS this was simple — go to the fatherhood program administrator.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pol/DCL/2007/dcl-07-07a.pdf  This was funded by the OCSE, not through grant, but by task order.  Suggest look it up on USaspending.gov.  It also mentions assigning “parenting plan coordinator” and estimates costs, or reports them.  Acknowledgements show the trio in each state:

We wish to thank the following people for their invaluable assistance during this project:

Colorado:

Pam Hennessey, Child Support Enforcement Coordinator, Colorado Judicial Department Cindy Savage, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution, Colorado Judicial Department Pam Gagel, Family Court Facilitator, Denver District Court

Tennessee:

Elizabeth A. Sykes, Deputy Director, Administrative Office of the Courts Mary Rose Zingale, Programs Manager, Administrative Office of the Courts Charles Bryson, Director of Field Operations and Management, Tennessee Child Support Division

Texas:

Michael Hayes, Manager of Collaborations, Fatherhood and Family Initiatives, Child Support Division Alisha Key, Director, Texas Office of Court Administration Arlene Pace, Access and Visitation Coordinator, Child Support Division

This ACF site (year, 2004) itself shows where the major source of referrals is coming, and how the goal of the program (or at least measured criteria) includes “increased noncustodial parenting time.”  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/2004/reports/prelim_access_visitation_grants/texas.html

State Access Program Coordinator:
Arlene Pace
Office of the Attorney General
Child Support Division
PO Box 12017
Austin, Texas 78711-2017

Internet: Arlene.pace@cs.oag.state.tx.us

Annual Federal Grant Award: $621,404
Minimum 10% State Match: $ 69,045
Number of Minor Age Children in Single (Biological) Parent Households: 721,702

This shows a “love” for supervised visitation outcomes in the A/V funding.  This gets interesting when A/V program coordinators happen to also be operating such centers (Google “Helen O. Page” for that one)

Services Provided

Mediation Counseling Parent Education Supervised Visitation Neutral Drop-off Development of Parenting Plans
423 278 433 1,835 745 105

Poor people are particularly targeted for these services (and their Title IV-D cases or IV-A help justify it), plus, although so much of program literature pushing fatherhood programs loves to bring up race, and the plight of the African-American male and his disenfranchisement, true as this may be (though it seems to pale compared to African-American Females overall, who couldn’t even vote until the 1900s, and whose position in slavery in prior generations (for those whose genealogy this applies to) included being used by masters for breeding by way of rape as well.  But in the A/V programs in Texas, it’s mostly poor Caucasians getting these services:

Annual Income

Less than $10,000 $10,000 to $19,000 $20,000 to $29,000 $30,000 to $39,000 $40,000 & above Unknown
5,246 907 863 42 40 55

Race/Ethnicity

Am Indian or Alaska Native American Asian or Pacific Islanders African-American White/Caucasian Hispanic Other Unknown
14 9 81 516 169 45 1,017

I also find it odd that being as there’s such an interest from the head of HHS to measure ethnicity, the system has more “unknowns” that actually identified customers…. If I had a program like this, I’d know by looking at results that there either wasn’t good measurements being taken, or that my categories needed adjustment. Nevertheless, in fy2012, there’s hope to expand A/V functionality even further.

Look at this:  Of the sources which the Feds seem actually interested in (columns, 1, 2 & 3) very little self-referrals are occurring.  Referals are coming from the courts and child support systems itself (2,724) which indicates it was NOT the grassroots desire for these services.  Moreover, 2,724/3,779 “other” indicates that referrals are coming from outside the main anticipated sources — so where were these coming from?  Fatherhood groups?  Who really knows?

Source of Client Referrals

Self Court Child Support Other
650 1,210 1,514 3,779

Outcomes

No. of non-custodial parents whose parenting time with children increased as a result of services 5,942

(etc.)

STILL footnoting the TENNESSEE grants above (the chart with several DUNS# and some amounts with no DUNS#):

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TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (3) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 098973790 $ 371,861

Being curious, I went to the USASPENDING.gov site, and found over $93 million in 63 grants to this DUNS#, all starting in 2009.  Recommended to do.  OF these $90 million (50 awards were on the commission on aging, and the two awards/grants (for once, the amounts match with HHS) relate to Medicaid, and are not on this blog’s lists of topics.  Just FYI.

Here’s one from WV that parallels the descriptive powers of the TN one in red font above:  Award is named after Grantee Institution; they are one and the same:

WV ST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0103 WV DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 1 09/22/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW ELIZABETH JORDAN $ 43,000

and I wonder what’s the difference between HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCES and FAMILIES SERVICES? in West Virginia.  Why is one a Resource (implies tangibles to be drawn from) and the other a Service? (implies good deeds, actions what is served).  Either way, the resources of HHS are going to both departments:

WY ST DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES 90FD0061 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (PRIORITY AREA I) 3 09/23/2003 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION JOANNE VERMEULEN $ 71,967

Or here are some from Texas, which got a lot of this OCSE Section 1115 Waiver grants, which (I think) the whole 90FD series represents anyhow:

TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0134 OCSE RESEARCH GRANTS 1115 WAIVER 1 09/29/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 703,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 1 08/16/2009 DEMONSTRATION NEW KAMMI SIEMENS $ 100,000

In other words, in the OCSE Research Grants 1115 Waiver, one would like to know What Research for What Purpose is said new grant.  Particularly when it’s for $0.70 million in a year of economic recession nationwide!  So, we are told, hello, it’s a 1115 Waiver.  (the CFDA category — I didn’t include in printout– would tell that).  Then it’s in support of a PAID INITIATIVE.  I get the idea it entails payments — but which initiative?  Does anyone have a clue how to pick the main words out of a very long title, and stick them in a short data entry field?  Appparently not.

So viewers can call up a VERY busy Michael Hayes (possibly on a plane to the next Fatherhood Summit; last year it was in MN), and ask him?  And who’s Kammi Siemens?   . . . . Here are some more:

TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 85,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 2 08/29/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MICHAEL HAYES $ 75,000

This is hardly a surprising award title, given the field, but does make me wonder why — IF the idea is to help the children — it might not be a better idea to help build the assets of the household they are living in, and cut down on the middlemen and brokers.  And, if there are Urban Mothers now paying child support to their custody-switched kids, is there a parallel program to help them build THEIR assets?  Or is the process just to jail them if they get in arrears based on the concept that it’s wilful, and not “inability to pay” as is assumed with so many fathers (at least in the program literature supporting fatherhood via OCSE).

Here’s a similar one in Washington STate, this time through a different agency:

WA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES 90FD0172 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 1 09/26/2010 OTHER NEW MICHAEL HORN $ 85,000

Here’s another in washington that, on it ssurface, would appear to be an efficient way of locating hidden assets from noncustodial parents and doing something about it — and this was defunded.  In Year 1 of the budget.

WA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES 90FD0031 EXEMPLARY COLLECTION PRACTICE THROUGH USE OF INTERNET-BASED LIEN REGISTRY 1 03/12/2004 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION ELLEN NOLAN $- 47,987

Whoever thought up the family court system sure was brilliant.  It is a system for STRIPPING assets (including real estate) via stripping parents of access to their children, and sitting back placing bets on the winner when said parents tries to get time or even a glimpse of the absentee children.  Then the fight is, of course, somewhat “fixed” through Access/Visitation funding, which only one of the players is informed of.

Here’s some from Wisconsin — which is the home state of the Inter(?)national branch of AFCC:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS  1 07/11/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW SUE KINAS $ 108,400
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 1 09/22/2009 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION TODD KUMMER $ 0
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 2 07/31/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TODD KUMMER $ 108,400
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 3 09/26/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TODD KUMMER $ 108,400

How much more improvement is possible than providing pro-bono legal help (and encouragement) to sue for custody modification orders, help which is not available to the custodial (mother) to defend from; and/or all kinds of programs to Compromise Arrears on the basis of altered custody situations, or other change of circumstances, such as perhaps finding out that there are compromise of arrears programs around?

Here’s what a simple google search of “Grant 90 FD” blew in the door:

SOURCE:  Another Nice report from Jessica Pearson & Center for Policy Research (date, maybe 2006)

COLLECTING CHILD SUPPORT FROM LOW-INCOME NCPSWHAT COLORADO HAS TRIED AND LEARNED

  • An Evaluation of the Responsible Fatherhood Program of El Paso County, Colorado
  • (OCSE Grant #: 90-FD-0004/01)
  • FORGIVING ARREARS: An Evaluation of the Colorado Arrears Forgiveness Demonstration Project (OCSE Grant #: 90-FD-0028/01)

    This presentation will discuss various interventions to promote child support payment among low-income NCPs in Colorado. They are: (1) referring unemployed or underemployed NCPs to the El Paso County Parent Opportunity Project (POP), a responsible fatherhood program offering assistance with employment, child support, and child access (August 1998 – April 2001); (2) referring NCPs who were paroled or released from a state prison to the Denver Work and Family Center (WFC), a one-stop center offering assistance with employment, child support. and family reunification (August 1999 – March 15, 2001); (3) offering NCPs with child support arrears the possibility of reducing or eliminating arrears owed to the state by making complete and timely child support payments over a ten-month period of time (May 2001 – February 2002); and (4) reducing the child support burden by dropping debt and retroactive support obligations for a random sample of NCPs with new child support orders (February – December 1998). These interventions were implemented and evaluated under several demonstration and evaluation grants awarded by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to the Colorado Division of Child Support Enforcement.

Hopefully you get the gist of the program, 1, 2, 3 & 4, which you helped pay to demonstrate and evalute (OCSE did):  In order, responsible Fatherhood, help with access (increased access to one’s kids).   Helping reunite men coming out of prison with their families, reducing arrears, and dropping retroactive support for some people with NEW orders.   OCSE was awarding these grants to Colorado “Division of Child Support Enforcement.”

Remember, the Demo States were Colorado (small), Tennessee (medium) and Texas (large).  COlorado, I found out, has many trade names, some of which sound like an arm of government when they aren’t.  For the record, here they are, past, present and trade names.  This is just FYI: (I just searched ‘child support enforcement”)

Found 11 matching record(s).  Viewing page 1 of 1.
# ID Number Document Number Name Click here to sort in ascending order. Event Status Form Formation Date
1 20031200845  20031200845 AMERICAN CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT INC. Articles of Incorporation Name Changed DPC 06/20/2003
2 20031200845  AMERICAN CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT INC., Dissolved November 30, 2004 Batch Event Administratively
Dissolved
DPC 06/20/2003
3 19931046695  19931046695 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT OF COLORADO Register a Trademark Expired TM/L0035 05/04/1993
4 20021159113  20021159113 COALITION FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Articles of Incorporation Name Changed DNC 06/11/2002
5 20021159113  COALITION FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT, Delinquent August 1, 2005 Batch Event Delinquent DNC 06/11/2002
6 20091675201  20091675201 CSE Child Support Enforcement Co. Trade Name Withdrawn FO 12/29/2009
7 20041071101  20041071101 CSE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENTCO. Trade Name Expired FPC 02/26/2004
8 20001209752  20001209752 EL PASO COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT Trade Name Effective DPC 10/27/2000
9 19991113541  19991113541 EL PASO/TELLER COUNTIES CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT ADMINISTERED FOR THE DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES BY MAXIMUS Trade Name Effective FPC 06/15/1999
10 20001209751  20001209751 TELLER COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT Trade Name Effective DPC 10/27/2000
11 20111041261  20111041261 U.S. Child Support Enforcement Inc Articles of Incorporation Good Standing DPC 01/20/2011

Whatever . . .  let’s go find some more “90FD” grant expenditures.

CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH  DENVER CO 80218-1450 DENVER 149387185 $ 997,740

Now, while the projects listed above, that Dr. Pearson helped evaluate, had 90FD grants, it apepars that this small, but very influentional nonprofit, is specializing in SPECIAL INTEREST grants along the “90FI” series, (at least when it comes to grants received from HHS — this doesn’t include contracts, or anything from other arms of government) if you click on the link above.  Here they are:

RECIPIENT INFORMATION

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Recipient: CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH
Address: 1570 EMERSON STREET
DENVER, CO 80218-1450
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: DENVER
HHS Region: 8
Type: Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory
Class: Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations

AWARD ACTIONS


Showing: 1 – 21 of 21 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 2 ACF 02-15-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 2 ACF 03-31-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 3 ACF 06-15-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 3 ACF 06-20-2011 149387185 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2011 Total: $ 0


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 3 0 ACF 08-02-2010 149387185 $ 50,000 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 1 ACF 10-23-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 3 1 ACF 09-25-2010 149387185 $ 0 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 2 ACF 09-18-2010 149387185 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2010 Total: $ 50,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 0 ACF 09-01-2009 149387185 $ 124,863 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 1 ACF 02-22-2008 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 1 ACF 06-30-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 2 ACF 06-26-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 0 ACF 07-24-2009 149387185 $ 50,000 
Fiscal Year 2009 Total: $ 174,863


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2008 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 0 ACF 08-04-2008 149387185 $ 124,829 
2008 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 1 0 ACF 06-26-2008 149387185 $ 99,908 
Fiscal Year 2008 Total: $ 224,737


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2007 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 2 1 ACF 09-03-2007 149387185 $ 0 
2007 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 0 ACF 08-24-2007 149387185 $ 124,820 
Fiscal Year 2007 Total: $ 124,820


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2006 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 2 0 ACF 08-25-2006 149387185 $ 24,730 
2006 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 1 0 ACF 08-24-2006 149387185 $ 198,664 
Fiscal Year 2006 Total: $ 223,394


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2005 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 1 0 ACF 08-31-2005 149387185 $ 100,000 
Fiscal Year 2005 Total: $ 100,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2004 90FI0059  EXPANDING CUSTOMER SERVICES THROUGH AGENCY-INITIATED CONTACT 1 0 ACF 06-16-2004 149387185 $ 99,926 
Fiscal Year 2004 Total: $ 99,926


Total of all award actions: $ 997,740

SO, while 90FD0004 was Evaluating the REsponsible Fatherhood Program, and the 90FI grant series probably helped Center for Policy Research produce a nice report talking about the responsible fatherhood program, let’s look at the extent of “Responsible Fatherhood Program” grant (this ONE award) in Colorado, which apparently started in 2006, so let’s figure Dr. Pearson’s report gave it a thumbs-up?

$10 million: – that’s a nice chunk of change, right?

Fiscal Year Grantee Name Grantee Address City Award Number Award Title Budget Year Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 4 DAN DAN $ 0
2010 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 5 DAN WELCH $ 2,000,000
2009 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 3 RICHARD BATTEN $ 0
2009 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 4 RICHARD BATTEN $ 2,000,000
2008 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 3 RICHARD BATTEN $ 2,000,000
2007 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 2 MARY E ROBERTO $ 2,000,000
2006 CO ST COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION 1525 SHERMAN STREET, ROOM 719 DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 1 MARY RIOTTE  $ 2,000,000

Mary E. Roberto is also president of a nonprofit called NAWRS, which is mentioned in this handout.  Relating to “Colorado Works” (which relates clearly to TANF reform), this link also shows how many fatherhood programs were are talking about here (that year).  From a “Colorado Works” newsletter from last June, 2011

For further information, please contact me!

Mary E. Roberto, President National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS)  (MORE ON ThIS ONE< BELOW***)

Mary.Roberto@state.co.us

COLORADO FATHERHOOD PROGRAM UPDATE

^ Top

We are drawing near the end of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant that has funded 63 fatherhood programs over the past 5 years. These programs are in all parts of the state and have provided parenting, healthy relationship education, economic stability services and mentoring to fathers.

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is expected to release new funding opportunities to continue many of the goals of the previously funded National Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives. CDHS Colorado Works intends to seek new funding and will provide updates as this process unfolds. Stay tuned!

Mary Roberto’s position, listed under NAWRS (below) is:

Mary Roberto
(303) 866-2641
mary.roberto@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Human Services
Program Development and System Innovation
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

Regarding NAWRS — it has membership from across the country.  Take a closer look! You really need to get a grasp of the extent of HHS networking here.  I also notice a name, Demetra Nightengale (see my blog) from The Urban Institute.  You’ll also see her name under the Mary Roberto link in the chart — on report contracted by “The Lewin Group” to report on COloradoWorks.

NAWRSNational Association for Welfare Research and Statistics

I am glad our nation is so well-“organized,” but sad I went fully 10 years in the court system with not one person IN it, nor one person in a domestic violence advocacy group I contacted (locally) for help or support, in the entire time — in fact NO ONE in the Bay Area made a mention of the fatherhood movement taking money from HHS — at all — until I happened to in desperation call a feminist organization in distress about police lies on reports following an exchange in which the immediate concern was a threat of parental abduction.  Which later happened.  I cannot tell you how many conferences I attended (mostly for free) in the area also, including one or two hotshot ones, and at least one where i functioned as a “fly on the wall” — and none of THEM mentioned this either!

Hard to find an EIN — but two states seem to admit it exists, as far as tax filings are concerned!

 

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

National Association for Welfare Research A AZ 2008 $208,325 990 18 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research A Dba Nawrs CA 2009 $184,323 990 21 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2007 $187,223 990 17 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2006 $256,337 990 18 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2003 $189,922 990 13 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2002 $179,654 990 12 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2005 $246,944 990 15 61-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2004 $228,743 990O 13 61-0673365 

A quick check of Arizona — I don’t see the organization. . . . Go figure.

 

OK, the California Group (Venice, CA) earns almost nothing and spends $115k on the conference.  Its books are in the care of someone c/o Oklahoma Child SUpport Office . . . ..

 

Ron Haskins keeps showing up (see end of post):   Now there’s a welfare reform academy???

 

Ron Haskins

Ron Haskins is ((in 2012??)) the staff director for the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to becoming staff director, he was welfare counsel for the Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he was a research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a lecturer in history and education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a high school social studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate degree in history, Haskins obtained an M.A. in education and a Ph. D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Haskins has published books and articles on intellectual development, illness and day care, day care policy, education policy, divorce and child support, federal expenditures on social programs, and federal budget and tax policy. In his 12 years in Washington, Haskins has worked primarily on welfare reform, day care, child support enforcement, foster care, unemployment, and budget issues. He is remarried and has four children ranging in age from 9 to 30.

 

 

 

In searching for NAWRS, I ran (again) across an interesting site at “legistorm” which shows congressionally approved privately sponsored travel (if I have that right).  For Republican Bill Archer of Texas, I note that Ron Haskins (WHO WAS AN ARCHITECT OF THE ACCESS/VISITATION PROVISION OF WELFARE REFORM, AND WE HEARD, SNUCK IT IN PAST THE 11th HOUR, WHICH allegedly STUNT HELPED GET HIM RELEASED FROM THE HHS — AND HE HAS SINCE HUNG OUT ELSEWHERE (BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, MOSTLY, IT SEEMS):   was paid $822 to travel to a NAWRS CONFERENCE, PLUS THIS LIST:

 

 

 

Rep. Bill Archer (-Texas, 7th) – Privately Financed Travel

His “top staff traveler” with 6 trips, was Ron Haskins (total costs, $7,063).  My point is, look who’s paying for the conferences to figure out how to spend public funds, without input from the public affected by them, OR for the most part, the taxpayers themselves:

No.

Cost

Trips Approved

35

$68,052

Top Staff Traveler

6

$7,063

– Haskins, Ronald T.

Written by Let's Get Honest

January 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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