Public assistance programs (11 - 20 of 44 items)
Child Care: Additional Information Is Needed on Working Families Receiving Subsidies
GAO-05-667: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
Since the Congress enacted welfare reform legislation in 1996, child care assistance has served as a key support for work efforts among low-income families. Researchers have found that reliable, high-quality child care is critical to sustaining parents' ability to work, while safeguarding their children's health and intellectual development. States have flexibility in determining which low-income...
Child Welfare: Better Data and Evaluations Could Improve Processes and Programs for Adopting Children with Special Needs
GAO-05-292: Published: Jun 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2005.
On September 30, 2002, the most recent date for which Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data were available, about 126,000 foster children were waiting to be adopted. Estimates suggest that a significant portion of these children had one or more special needs, such as a medical condition or membership in a minority group, that may discourage or delay their adoption. Federal support in...
Welfare Reform: Implementation of Fugitive Felon Provisions Should Be Strengthened
GAO-02-716: Published: Sep 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2002.
In response to concerns that individuals wanted in connection with a felony or violating terms of their parole or probation could receive benefits from programs for the needy, Congress added provisions to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that prohibit these individuals from receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamp benefits, and Temporary A...
Means-Tested Programs: Determining Financial Eligibility Is Cumbersome and Can Be Simplified
GAO-02-58: Published: Nov 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2001.
About 80 means-tested federal programs assisted low-income people in 1998. GAO reviewed 11 programs that assisted families and individuals with income, food, medical assistance, and housing. Despite substantial overlap in the populations they serve, the 11 programs varied significantly in their financial eligibility rules. At the most basic level, the dollar levels of the income limits--the maximu...
Welfare Reform: Implementing DOT's Access to Jobs Program in Its First Year
RCED-00-14: Published: Nov 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Access to Jobs and Reverse Commute program, which provides grants to improve transportation to employment for welfare recipients, focusing on the: (1) Department of Transportation's (DOT) implementation of the Job Access program, particularly its approach for selecting awards in fiscal year (FY) 1999; (2) FY 1999 grantees and t...
Child Care: States' Efforts to Expand Programs Under Welfare Reform
T-HEHS-98-148: Published: Apr 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1998.
GAO discussed how child care programs are changing at the state level through the revisions in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, focusing on: (1) how much federal and state funds states are spending on child care subsidy programs and how they are allocating these resources; (2) how states are trying to increase the supply of child care to meet the project...
Welfare Reform: States' Efforts to Expand Child Care Programs
HEHS-98-27: Published: Jan 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' implementation of child care subsidy programs, focusing on: (1) how much federal and state funding is being spent on child care subsidy programs and how they are allocating these resources among welfare families, families making the transition from welfare to work, and working poor families; (2) how states are trying to increase the supply...
Supplemental Security Income: Some Recipients Transfer Valuable Resources to Qualify for Benefits
HEHS-96-79: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, focusing on: (1) the number of SSI recipients reporting resource transfers; (2) the kind and worth of resources being transferred; and (3) the possible savings resulting from a reinstatement of the SSI transfer-of-resources restriction.GAO found that: (1) while the number of SSI recipients reporting r...
Welfare Reform: Implications of Proposals on Legal Immigrants' Benefits
HEHS-95-58: Published: Feb 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effect of proposed welfare reform legislation on legal immigrant welfare recipients, focusing on: (1) legal immigrants' and citizens' use of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) programs; (2) the numbers of legal immigrants receiving SSI or AFDC benefits; (3) the immigrant recipients that cou...
Child Care: Working Poor and Welfare Recipients Face Service Gaps
HEHS-94-87: Published: May 13, 1994. Publicly Released: May 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' implementation of the Child Care Development Block Grant, focusing on: (1) how states are integrating the child care block grant program with the three other federal child care programs for low-income families; and (2) gaps in the delivery of child care services to low-income families that could impede their achieving economic self-sufficie...