The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) is an electronic case processing Information Technology solution that supports the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) by exchanging data and documents across state jurisdictions electronically. Launched in November 2013 as a pilot project with six states, NEICE assisted states in significantly shortening the time it takes to place children across state lines, and saved participating states thousands of dollars in mailing and copying costs. A comprehensive evaluation of the project was conducted to assess overall impact and efficiency.
Early findings suggested significantly shortened timelines and savings, and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB) provided a new cooperative agreement to the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) to implement NEICE nationwide, beginning in June 2015.
States can use the Case Management System, the Modular Case Management System or the NEICE Clearinghouse connected to SACWIS/CCWIS. States with signed MOUs can use the Secure Document Portal. As of July 2021, 43 of the 52 ICPC jurisdictions are using NEICE, 38 jurisdictions being fully live in NEICE.
The primary objectives and benefits of NEICE are:
Shortened processing time – Faster delivery of case information between the participating states lead to faster processing of children’s cases.
Potential reductions in administrative costs – Initial reviews have sown that there is potential reductions in administrative costs.
Paper reduction – Achieves dollar savings in paper, postage, storage, courier, etc. as well as minimizes the staff burden of archiving records and destroying archived records according to State regulations.
Error reduction – Minimize double entry of any information. Single entry for electronic exchange reduces the opportunity for keystroke error and thus decreases the time spent by child support and judicial/legal agency staff correcting data entry errors.
Greater accountability – Tracks end to end case progress between participant states.