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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 …
  • Georgia’s Increased TANF Work Participation Rate is Driven by Sharp Caseload Decline
    Liz Schott
    March 6, 2007

    Overview Georgia’s success at increasing its TANF work participation rate has been touted as a welfare reform model for other states as they seek ways to meet the new work participation requirements associated with the Deficit Reduction Act changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  An examination of available data on Georgia’s TANF program and …
  • 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 …
  • Implementing the TANF Changes in the Deficit Reduction Act
    CBPP: Sharon Parrott, Liz Schott and Eileen Sweeney
    Center for Law and Social Policy: Allegra Baider, Evelyn Ganzglass, Mark Greenberg, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Elisa Minoff, Vicki Turetsky

    February 9, 2007

    In the coming months, states will face key choices as they decide the next direction for their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs.  After a lengthy and contentious reauthorization process, Congress enacted changes to TANF in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) that substantially increase the proportion of assistance recipients who must …
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