state relations (21 - 30 of 98 items)
Welfare Reform: Challenges in Saving for a Rainy Day
GAO-01-674T: Published: Apr 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2001.
This testimony discusses states' plans for operating their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs in the event of an economic downturn. GAO found that the data available on the levels and adequacy of states' reserves is insufficient and misleading. Furthermore, most states have done little planning for economic contingencies. Many states cite obstacles to saving money for possible...
Welfare Reform: Moving Hard-to-Employ Recipients Into the Workforce
GAO-01-368: Published: Mar 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2001.
Although some welfare recipients who might seem hard to employ are able to successfully enter the workforce, others have needed considerable time and support to become work-ready. As a result, some states have begun to implement or are considering strategies to help hard-to-employ recipients join the workforce. To be successful in moving hard-to-employ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF...
Welfare Reform: Progress in Meeting Work-Focused TANF Goals
GAO-01-522T: Published: Mar 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2001.
This testimony discusses the progress of welfare reform. GAO found that states are transforming the nation's welfare system into a work-based, temporary assistance program for needy families, with a focus on moving people into employment rather than signing them up for cash assistance. States' implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), undertaken in a time of strong economic...
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...
Foster Care: Effectiveness of Independent Living Services Unknown
HEHS-00-13: Published: Nov 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the independent living program (ILP), focusing on: (1) the extent of services provided under ILPs; and (2) what is known about the effect of these services on youths' ability to live on their own.GAO noted that: (1) states provide a wide range of services to better ensure that foster care youths are prepared to live on their own afte...
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...
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Food Stamp Provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
OGC-99-66: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the food stamp provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. GAO noted that: (1) the interim rule would provide: (a) state agencies the authority to exempt from the food stamp time-limit at section 6(0)(2) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 up to 15 percent of the state's caseload that is subject to...
Welfare Reform: States' Implementation and Effects on the Workforce Development System
T-HEHS-99-190: Published: Sep 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed states' efforts to implement welfare reform, focusing on: (1) what is known about the effectiveness of various approaches for moving welfare recipients into jobs; (2) how states are implementing welfare reform; (3) the status of those leaving welfare; and (4) the challenges that lie ahead as welfare reform continues to evolve.GAO noted that: (1) r...
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: 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...