Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Agency Battles Overseer Over Funds.(New Mexico)

Byline: Loie Fecteau Journal Politics Writer

Child Support Branch Also Short on Workers

SANTA FE The top officials in the state Child Support Enforcement Division are battling over money and staffing levels with the Johnson administration Cabinet secretary who oversees their agency.

The Child Support Enforcement officials sent Human Services Deputy Secretary Robin Dozier Otten a letter Feb. 21 protesting Otten's decision to transfer 10 vacant positions to the Medical Assistance Division, which oversees the state's Medicaid managed-care program.

Child Support Enforcement officials said Otten's decision "has placed two divisions in conflict instead of having the two divisions work together. …

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