Sunday, November 9, 2014


In a video produced for the questionable NPOWR! program, OCSE Director Dan McDonald claims that single parent homes are causing children to live in poverty and that noncustodial parents that are unemployed and cannot make child support payments are not deadbeat parents, but deadbroke parents because they are uneducated and emotionally broke. Perhaps "Deacon" McDonald needs to step down as Director and step behind the pulpit.

Click to watch the OCSE video


The Office of Child Support Enforcement’s NPOWR! Program has cost taxpayers almost a million dollars, mostly in employee salaries, since 2008.  The 90 day program has a failure rate of over 75% but OCSE still wastes taxpayer’s money in a failed duplicative program.  According to OCSE the NPOWR! Program is “a partnership with the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) that offers noncustodial parents employments placement and readiness services”.

In fact the NPOWR! Program is nothing more than a boondoggle and a gross waste of state employee salaries that could be used to fund other needed positions.  If a noncustodial parent received unemployment benefits prior to being “accepted” into the NPOWR! Program, they have already used the exact same DWS services that the NPOWR! Program utilizes.  The only benefit for the noncustodial parent is that the OCSE defers punitive options such as driver’s license suspension, for the 90 day period, but OCSE could do that without the NPOWR! Program if they so desired.

This is another reason Dan McDonald should be fired and perhaps  Richard Weiss, the Director of the Department of Finance & Administration, and Tim Leathers, the Deputy Director, should be removed for allowing this terrible waste of taxpayer funds to exist in their agency.

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Little Rock television station KATV aired stories on October 30, 2014 and October 31, 2014 in which thousands of Arkansans detailed complaints about the Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement.

The majority of complaints concererned caseworkers and the apparent lack of training, nonexistant interpersonal skills and extremely poor customer service. Many called for OCSE Director Dan McDonald to be fired.

There is pressure from the Federal government for state child support agencies to take on visitation issues.  There are merits to this movement as the child support agency is looking out for the interest of the children, not the parents.  The Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement needs new leadership to fix the current problems with the agency and prepare to meet the challenges of the future.

KATV Facebook Post

KATV / OCSE Emails