Performance Improvement 2005. Operating Tanf: Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes and Tribal Consortia


This report, one in a series from the tribal component of HHS’ congressionally mandated evaluation of DOL’s Welfare-to-Work Grants Program, describes the challenges and successes of ten tribal grantees in planning, implementing, and operating tribal TANF. Tribal TANF is the tribal welfare program with the most participants and the largest budget. Main findings address the process by which tribes make the decision to operate a tribal TANF program, the importance of a coordinated TANF plan, strategies for transitioning the program from state to tribal control, administrative and reporting challenges, and successes in adapting the program to reflect tribal cultural needs and values. The report should be helpful to any tribe implementing or considering a tribal TANF program. Findings show that a sound TANF plan is key to success in transitioning to tribal TANF; cooperation with the state can smooth the transition; negotiating with state governments about the level of funding is critical; and tribes studied have come up with creative ways to tailor their tribal TANF programs to their needs.

PIC ID: 8106; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Landey, Alana, 202-401-6636; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

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