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TANF and Child Welfare Programs: Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services
GAO-12-2: Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
In 2010, over 40 percent of families receiving cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were "child-only," meaning the adults in the household were not included in the benefit calculation, and aid was provided only for the children. TANF and child welfare programs provide cash assistance and other services that support children living with nonparent caregi...
Welfare Reform: Federal Oversight of State and Local Contracting Can be Strengthened
GAO-02-661: Published: Jun 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2002.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWPRA) of 1996 changed the nation's cash assistance program for needy families with children. The former program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), was replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which provides states with $16.5 billion each year through 2002 to serve this populati...
Welfare Reform: States Provide TANF-Funded Work Support Services to Many Low-Income Families Who Do Not Receive Cash Assistance
GAO-02-615T: Published: Apr 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2002.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant makes $16.5 billion available to states each year, regardless of changes in the number of people receiving benefits. To qualify for their full TANF allotments, states must spend a certain amount of state money, referred to as maintenance-of-effort funds. As states implemented work-focused reforms during the strong economy of the 1990s,...
Welfare Reform: States Provide TANF-Funded Services to Many Low-Income Families Who Do Not Receive Cash Assistance
GAO-02-564: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 ended the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program and created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to states. TANF emphasizes work and responsibility over dependence on government benefits. It also requires states to maintain a historical level of spending on welfare-related programs. The...
SSI Children: Multiple Factors Affect Families' Costs for Disability-Related Services
HEHS-99-99: Published: Jun 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the factors affecting families' costs for disability-related services, focusing on: (1) the disability-related expenses incurred by families of children on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that are not covered by federal, state, and local programs serving children with disabilities and the factors that influence the level of such...
Income Security Issues Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1997 and 1998
IAP-97-8: Published: Apr 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1997.
GAO presented its Income Security Issues issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 and 1998.GAO plans to focus on the following pivotal areas: (1) ensuring that public funds for income security programs are spent efficiently and protected from fraud and abuse; (2) improving the Social Security Administration's service to the public at reduced cost; (3) evaluating the adequacy of Social Security, and p...
SSA Disability: Program Redesign Necessary to Encourage Return to Work
HEHS-96-62: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, focusing on program weaknesses that impede the Social Security Administration (SSA) from identifying and expanding beneficiaries' return-to-work capabilities.GAO found that: (1) between 1985 and 1994, the combined DI and SSI beneficiary pop...
Children Receiving SSI by State
HEHS-96-144R: Published: May 15, 1996. Publicly Released: May 15, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proportion of children in each state who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. GAO noted that: (1) states with the largest populations have the highest numbers of children on SSI; and (2) less populated states have the highest proportions of children on SSI...
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...
Older Americans Act Funding Formula
HEHS-96-137R: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how proposed changes to the funding formula for title III of the Older Americans Act would affect equity in state funding and per-person-in-need income. GAO found that: (1) the proposed formula changes would improve funding equity and target more aid to the elderly in the oldest age groups and low-income states; (2) the formula chang...