National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise Message Exchange Board

Through our work with Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies, we are improving the health, safety and well-being of our children.  We are leveraging the use of multi modal analytics to deliver services and solutions that enhance service delivery models, to improve program outcomes and prevent fraud.

We are currently implementing a national program to support the adoption of children across state boundaries.  This program, the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) has already demonstrated the ability to substantially reduce the time taken to place a child across state boundaries.  One of the highlights of this program is the ability for the states to share information quickly and efficiently across state boundaries.  This information sharing infrastructure has been developed using national standards and will be a guideline for future multi state information efforts at Health and Human Services.


The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise is a cloud-based electronic system for exchanging the data and documents needed to place children across state lines as outlined by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Launched in November 2013 as a pilot project with six states, NEICE significantly shortened the time it takes to place children across state lines, and saved participating states thousands of dollars in mailing and copying costs.

At this time, the NEICE project is expanding nationwide, with the goal of serving all states.

The NEICE pilot significantly shortened processing times and reduced administrative costs for the participating states. It is expected that NEICE will shorten timelines and decrease costs even further as it is implemented throughout the rest of the country.

NEICE allows child welfare workers to communicate and provide timely updates to courts, relevant private service providers, and families awaiting placement. Additionally, NEICE improves accountability and transparency of all parties involved in the child welfare process (caseworkers, compact administrators, attorneys, judges, Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA], etc.).