1989-1991 Texas Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (1989-1991)

handle is hein.sag/sagtx0042 and id is 1 raw text is: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
OF TEXAS
January 11, 1989
JIM MATTOX
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Mr. John C. West, Jr.        Open Records Decision No. 516
Department of Public Safety
General Counsel              Re:  Whether  section  3(a)(17)
5805 N. Lamar Blvd.          of the Texas Open Records Act,
P.O. Box 4087                article   6252-17a,   V.T.C.S.,
Austin, Texas 78773-0001     protects public employees' home
addresses and telephone numbers
from a request made pursuant to
recent   amendments   to    the
federal      child      support
provisions. (RQ-1517)
Dear Mr. West:
The Texas Attorney General's Child Support Enforcement
Office in Houston requested information from the Department
of Public Safety about one of the department's employees, a
commissioned peace officer   of the State of Texas.      The
Department  of Public Safety     provided certain   of   the
requested information. The department refused, however, to
furnish the officer's home address and telephone number
because this information is not subject to disclosure under
the Open Records Act.   V.T.C.S. art. 6252-17a,  3(a)(17).
The Child   Support Enforcement Office    receives   federal
assistance under a program codified at section 651, et sea.,
of Title  42 of the United   States Code.   You ask whether
federal law empowers the Child Support Enforcement Office to
obtain information deemed exempt from disclosure under
section 3(a)(17) of the Open Records Act.
Section 651 of Title 42 authorizes federal funding for
enforcing the support obligation owed by absent parents to
their children and the spouse (or former spouse) with whom
such children are living, for locating absent parents for
establishing paternity, and for obtaining child and spouse
support. The act requires the Secretary of the United
States Department of Health and Human Services to establish
a Federal Parent Locator Service to obtain information about
the whereabouts of parents who are not fulfilling their
support obligations. 42 U.S.C.  653(a).

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