Robert G. Williams

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American economist Dr. Robert G. Williams is the founder and primary owner of privately held business Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI).[1] PSI was founded in 1984 as a consulting firm specializing in child support enforcement, and has grown to become a leading provider of services to the health and human services industry.[2] Williams has played a key role in building PSI’s business as the company's chief executive officer from 1984 until early 2006, and currently serving on its Board of Directors. Williams has a Ph.D. in public policy from Princeton University, an M.P.A. in urban affairs and domestic policies from Princeton University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois.[3] Williams is credited with developing the Income Shares model for child support collection.[4]

Williams was instrumental early on in establishing modern standardized child support collection. In particular, Congress enacted the Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984, requiring the states to strengthen their enforcement powers, and requiring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement to establish a national advisory panel on child support guidelines. Dr. Williams served as Chairman of the Advisory Panel.[5]

Currently, Williams is recognized as a national leader in child support enforcement, Williams has authored numerous articles on child support in professional journals and government reports, and has made dozens of presentations to state, regional, and national child support organizations, as well as judicial, bar, and legislative entities. He has actively participated in management studies of child support enforcement in nine states, and has provided testimony to Congressional committees on a diverse range of child support issues.[6]

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  1. ^ Johnston, James R. “Dr. Robert Williams: The Father of Today’s Child Support Public Policy, His Personal Exploitation of The System, and The Fallacy of His ‘Income Shares’ Model”
  2. ^ PSI: History
  3. ^ PSI: Leadership Team: Founder
  4. ^ DHHS Sponsored Research Report: "Evaluation of Child Support Guidelines" (see Chapter 1.2.2, Income Shares Model) at
  5. ^ Morgan, Laura W. “Child Support Guidelines” (National Legal Research Group) at
  6. ^ PSI: Leadership Team: Founder

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