Two-thirds of the states failed to meet a deadline to install computer systems tracking child support, with one-third not even close to compliance and facing massive fines.
Officials had predicted about a dozen states would miss the Oct. 1 deadline, but nearly a week later, 33 state systems have not been certified as complete by federal inspectors.
Of those, 16 states are ready to be certified, including New York, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
That leaves 17 states -- representing nearly half the nation's child-support cases -- with systems that are not even near completion.
The computerized systems are important because one-third of all child-support cases involve an out-of-state parent, and the automated systems should help find parents who move from state to state.