WHEREAS, the Office of Support Enforcement, within the Department of Social and Health Services, is responsible for the establishment and collection of child support in the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS, the willful failure to pay child support is a criminal offense under the laws of the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Support Enforcement is the designated conduit for persons seeking information from the Federal Parent Locator Service in cases involving Parental Kidnapping; and
WHEREAS, interstate vehicle registration, driver's licensing information, and Department of Corrections files are important tools for skip tracing absent parents; and
WHEREAS, this information is only available through the use of Criminal Justice Information System access to which has recently become restricted to Criminal Justice Agencies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby designate the Office of Support Enforcement as a Criminal Justice Agency for the purpose of providing reasonable access to interstate vehicle registration, driver's licensing information, and Department of Corrections files in order to locate absent parents and collect child support by all lawful means.