Means-Tested Programs

HEHS-95-94R: Published: Feb 24, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on welfare reform proposals to simplify means-tested public assistance programs. GAO noted that: (1) welfare services should be easily accessible by all who seek assistance; (2) there is no integrated strategy to unify these programs to address the interrelated needs of individuals and families; (3) despite efforts to better coordinate federal programs, conflicting requirements make it difficult for program staff to coordinate activities and share resources; and (4) program integration could be facilitated by reducing or eliminating federal program barriers and reengineering the welfare delivery process.

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