Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are the Federal Work Requirements and States' Strategies for Meeting Them?

01/01/2014

The purpose of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund Research Synthesis Project was to inform research planning and support evidence-based decision making related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund programs. This study examined the Federal work requirements and State strategies for meeting them.

Most States have been able to meet the revised participation rate requirements enacted by the Congress under the Deficit Reduction act of 2005. States adopted multiple strategies to meet the participation rate requirements, such as creating more unpaid work opportunities, keeping working families on the caseload longer, and moving some families into solely state-funded programs outside of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Additionally, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) helped States meet work requirements by giving them the flexibility to finance new worker supplements, subsidized jobs, and work supports.

Report Title: TANF Work Requirements and State Strategies to Fulfill Them, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/work_requirements.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Schmitt, 202-401-5786
Performer: Urban Institute
Record ID: 9878 (March 13, 2012)

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