Report on Alternative Outcome Measures: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant . Legislative Context


The following report is submitted pursuant to section 107 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193; PRWORA), which provides that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall conduct a study of alternative outcomes measures under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and submit a report on the findings of that study to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.


(a) STUDY.-- The Secretary shall, in cooperation with the States, study and analyze outcomes measures for evaluating the success of the States in moving individuals out of the welfare system through employment as an alternative to the minimum participation rates described in section 407 of the Social Security Act. The study shall include a determination as to whether such alternative outcomes measures should be applied on a national or a State-by-State basis and a preliminary assessment of the effects of section 408(a)(7)(C) of such Act(1).

This report has been prepared by staff in the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) with assistance from contractor staff.