Operating TANF: Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes and Tribal Consortia. Required Components of a Tribal Tanf Plan


Required Components of a Tribal TANF Plan

The contents of a Tribal TANF plan are delineated in Section 412(b) of title IV-A of the Social Security Act, as amended by Public Law 104-193, and at 45 CFR Part 286. The plan contents must include the following elements.

  1. Specify the tribe's approach to providing welfare-related services
  2. Specify whether the welfare-related services will be provided directly by the tribe or through agreements, contracts, or compacts with intertribal consortia, states, or other entities
  3. Identify the population and service area to be served
  4. Prohibit families receiving assistance under the tribal plan from receiving duplicative assistance from a state or other tribe
  5. Identify the employment opportunities in or near the service area and how the tribe will cooperate and enhance such opportunities for recipients consistent with any applicable state standards
  6. Apply the fiscal accountability provisions of section 5(f)(1) of the Indian Self-Determination Act (25 U.S.C. 450c(f)(1)), relating to the submission of a single-state agency audit report
  7. Minimum work participation requirements
  8. Appropriate time limits for the receipt of welfare-related services
  9. Penalties against individuals who violate program rules
  10. The tribe's goals in relation to work and self-sufficiency for families and explanation of how the tribal program will meet these goals.
  11. Successful program outcomes and what results will be measured
  12. A statement indicating how tribal members and others were involved in designing the TANF program and whether the public had an opportunity to review and comment on the tribal TANF plan
  13. Specify how "needy families" are defined, including a description of which family members will be included in the TANF assistance unit, as well as the tribe's definition of either "Indian family" or "tribal member family"
  14. A description of the income and resource levels that will qualify a family for assistance
  15. A description of how assistance and services, including supportive services and child care, will be provided to needy families
  16. Whether the assistance and services will be provided through cash, in kind, vouchers, or a combination
  17. Whether assistance and services will be provided, and for how long, to families who are working, and for those who are no longer eligible for tribal TANF assistance because of a mix of earned and unearned income (for example, child support payments)
  18. A description of how the privacy of families will be protected
  19. A description of the process available to applicants and recipients to challenge decisions

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