State-administered programs (71 - 80 of 394 items)
Food Assistance: Research Provides Limited Information on the Effectiveness of Specific WIC Nutrition Services
GAO-01-442: Published: Mar 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2001.
Despite methodological limitations, demonstration studies provide program managers and policymakers with some useful information on the types of Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition service interventions that can have positive results for participants. However, only one recent demonstration study provides any information on the costs associated with impleme...
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...
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...
Child Care: States Increased Spending on Low-Income Families
GAO-01-293: Published: Feb 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2001.
Nationwide, states reported that federal and state expenditures for child care under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) block grant and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant grew from $4.1 billion in fiscal year 1997 to $6.9 billion in fiscal year 1999 and totaled over $16 billion in constant fiscal year 1997 dollars for this three-year period. More than half of th...
Food Stamp Program: Implementation of the Employment and Training Program for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
GAO-01-391R: Published: Feb 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2001.
Recent legislation increased funding for food stamp employment and training programs from fiscal year 1998 through fiscal year 2002, when the Food Stamp Program is scheduled to be reauthorized. To qualify for these additional federal funds, states must maintain their state-funded expenditures for employment and training at a level no lower than in fiscal year 1996; these additional funds are refer...
Unemployment Insurance: Role as Safety Net for Low-Wage Workers Is Limited
GAO-01-181: Published: Dec 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2001.
The welfare and unemployment insurance (UI) programs have been part of the nation's social safety net since 1935. The welfare program provides cash assistance to needy families without means of support, while UI provides cash assistance to people temporarily unemployed. In 1996, welfare reform put time limits on how long most people can receive cash assistance and generally required recipients to...
Food Stamp Program: States Seek to Reduce Payment Errors and Program Complexity
GAO-01-272: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2001.
In fiscal year 2000, the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program, administered jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states, provided $15 billion in benefits to an average of 17.2 million low-income persons each month. FNS, which pays the full cost of food stamp benefits and half of the states' administrative costs, promulgates program regulations and oversees program impl...
Food Assistance: Activities and Use of Nonprogram Resources at Six WIC Agencies
RCED-00-202: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the activities and use of nonprogram resources at six Special Supplemental Food Program for, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies, focusing on: (1) ways WIC agencies deliver nutrition services and administer the program; (2) ways staff at WIC agencies allocate their time delivering nutrition services and administering the program; and (3)...
FNS: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Requiremtns for and Evaluation of WIC Program Bid Solicitations for Infant Formula Rebate Contracts
OGC-00-65: Published: Sep 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on infant formula rebates. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would require state agencies to award infant formula rebate contracts based on the lowest net price, allowing the highest rebate as a basis of award only when the weighted average retail prices of the different brands of infant formula vary by...
Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Recipient Claim Establishment and Collection Standards
OGC-00-52: Published: Aug 4, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the Food Stamp Program's recipient claim establishment and collection standards. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule aims to improve claims management in the Food Stamp Program while providing state agencies increased flexibility in their efforts to increase claims collection; (2) the final rule i...