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  • Changes in Federal TANF Rules Could Help States Meet Welfare Reform Goals
    Mark Greenberg and Sharon Parrott
    June 29, 2007

    The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), enacted in early 2006, reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  The effect of the DRA is to significantly increase the proportion of TANF recipients that states would be required to engage in a specified set of work activities for a federally-prescribed number of hours each week.  The law also grants broad new …
  • The New TANF Requirements and Individuals with Disabilities
    Sharon Parrott
    March 1, 2007

    The TANF provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act increase the effective TANF work participation rate — a measure of the proportion of TANF recipients engaged in federally countable work activities for a prescribed number of hours each week — states will be required to meet.   States failing to meet these new standards are subject to …
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