Program evaluation (21 - 30 of 56 items)
Food Stamp Program: Steps Have Been Taken to Increase Participation of Working Families, but Better Tracking of Efforts Is Needed
GAO-04-346: Published: Mar 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Eligible working families are believed to participate in the Food Stamp Program at a lower rate than the eligible population as a whole. As a result, many federal, state, and local officials believe the program is not living up to its potential as a component of the nation's work support system. This report examines: (1) what proportion of eligible working families participate in the program and w...
Labor Market Information: Trends and Issues in Funding of State Programs
GAO-03-336: Published: Dec 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2002.
Labor market information is used to help make and assess social and monetary policies, tax and budget projections, and private investment decisions. Produced under cooperative agreements between states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), labor market information helps provide an up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy and generate closely watched economic indicators, such as unemployment rate...
Welfare Reform: With TANF Flexibility, States Vary in How They Implement Work Requirements and Time Limits
GAO-02-770: Published: Jul 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2002.
Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to replace the previous welfare program and help welfare recipients transition into employment. To this end, states are required to enforce work requirements, and face financial penalties if a minimum percentage of adults receiving cash assistance do not participate in work or work-related activities each year. This fe...
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...
Welfare Reform: Effects of Reduced Reimbursements on the Summer Food Service Program
RCED-99-20: Published: Nov 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program and the impacts the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 had on the program, focusing on the: (1) number and characteristics of sponsors participating in and dropping out of the program before and after the decrease in the reimbursements; (2) numbe...
Welfare Reform: Effects of Changes Made to the Summer Food Service Program
T-RCED-98-120: Published: Mar 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the changes made to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, focusing on the: (1) effects these changes had on the number of sponsors and children participating in the program in 1997; and (2) potential effect of the reduced subsidies for the future.GAO noted that: (1) the reduction in federal subsidies for sponsors di...
Welfare Reform: HHS' Progress in Implementing Its Responsibilities
HEHS-98-44: Published: Feb 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) implementation of the mandates resulting from the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, focusing on the: (1) extent to which HHS reduced its full-time equivalent (FTE) staff levels to the levels prescribed by the law; (2) clarity, timeliness, and usefulness of HHS...
Child Welfare: States' Progress in Implementing Family Preservation and Support Services
HEHS-97-34: Published: Feb 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of states' use of funds for family preservation and support (FPS) services, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of states' use of federal funds for new and expanded FPS services; and (2) states' plans to assess the impact of these services on children and their families and impacts identified to date.GAO found that: (1) all states rep...
Welfare to Work: State Programs Have Tested Some of the Proposed Reforms
PEMD-95-26: Published: Jul 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the evaluations of numerous state welfare-to-work experiments completed since 1988, focusing on: (1) how these experiments resemble current welfare reforms; and (2) the approaches that have been effective in increasing employment and earnings or reducing benefits among welfare clients.GAO found that: (1) state welfare-to-work experiments and curren...
Child Support Enforcement: Federal Efforts Have Not Kept Pace With Expanding Program
T-HEHS-94-209: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Office of Child Support Enforcement's (OCSE) responsibilities in the child support enforcement (CSE) program, focusing on: (1) whether federal audit activities help states improve their CSE programs; (2) whether changes in state and local programs will enhance child support collections; and (3) how proposed welfare reform and recent federal le...