Public assistance programs (11 - 20 of 76 items)
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...
Public Assistance: PARIS Project Can Help States Reduce Improper Benefit Payments
GAO-01-935: Published: Sep 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2001.
Public assistance programs make millions of dollars in improper payments every year. Some of these improper payments occur because state and local agencies that run the programs lack adequate, timely information to determine recipients' eligibility for assistance. This inability to share information can result in both federal and state tax dollars being needlessly spent on benefits for the same in...
Welfare Reform: Data Available to Assess TANF's Progress
GAO-01-298: Published: Feb 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2001.
GAO commented on the federal government's ability to assess the goals of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program using national, state, and local data. These data address the goals to differing degrees. National data, which includes data collected in national surveys and information that all states report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), include extensive i...
Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Status and the Integration of TANF Services
T-HEHS-00-145: Published: Jun 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the integration of services at one-stop centers provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, focusing on: (1) the status of states' efforts to implement WIA and the extent to which TANF services are integrated into the new workforce investment system; (2) the challenges state...
Welfare Reform: State Sanction Policies and Number of Families Affected
HEHS-00-44: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state sanctions for families under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program who do not comply with the program's requirements, focusing on: (1) state sanction policies under TANF; (2) state procedures to reconcile noncompliance before imposing sanctions and state policies on families' right to appeal sanctions; (3)...
Medicaid Enrollment: Amid Declines, State Efforts to Ensure Coverage After Welfare Reform Vary
HEHS-99-163: Published: Sep 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the decline in Medicaid enrollment, focusing on: (1) Medicaid enrollment changes for families and children following welfare reform, as well as associated key federal protections established for Medicaid; and (2) states' welfare-related policies and practices that can influence Medicaid enrollment.GAO noted that: (1) between 1995 and...
Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Federal Efforts to Ensure Continued Delivery of Key State-Administered Benefits
T-AIMD-99-241: Published: Jul 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the year 2000 challenge facing state and local governments, focusing on: (1) the year 2000 readiness of 10 key state-administered federal human services programs; (2) federal activities to assess states' readiness for these 10 programs; and (3) the status of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Payment Management System.GAO noted tha...
Welfare Reform: Public Assistance Benefits Provided to Recently Naturalized Citizens
HEHS-99-102: Published: Jun 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) number of recently naturalized citizens receiving benefits from four major public assistance programs (Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Food Stamps) compared with that of the native-born population in 1997; and (2) estimated annual cost to the federal and state...
Welfare Reform: Information on Former Recipients' Status
HEHS-99-48: Published: Apr 28, 1999. Publicly Released: May 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on families no longer receiving welfare, focusing on: (1) the extent to which states have reported information on the condition of families who have left welfare in the following key areas: (a) economic status; (b) family composition; and (c) family and child well-being; (2) generalizable state studies on what is known about the status...
Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness of State Automated Systems to Support Federal Welfare Programs
AIMD-99-28: Published: Nov 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the year 2000 status of the state and local automated systems used in federal welfare programs, focusing on: (1) the reported status of systems used in Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, food stamps, child support enforcement, child care, and child welfare programs,...