Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program: Final Rule

Administration for Children and Families
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), as amended, is the welfare reform law that established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF is a block grant program designed to make dramatic reforms to the nation's welfare system by moving welfare recipients into work and turning welfare into a program of temporary assistance. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has published a final rule that governs key provisions of the TANF program. It incorporates the core TANF accountability provisions, including work requirements, time limits, State penalties, and data collection and reporting requirements. This publication provides a summary of the final rule, and highlights many critical aspects of the rule. The summary does not address certain areas, such as program purposes, individual responsibilities, and individual development accounts. The summary defines the term "assistance," as well as "separate state programs." Thepublication discusses participation requirements and work activities, as well as caseload reduction credit. Time limits are reviewed, as are domestic violence waivers and welfare reform waivers. The summary addresses expenditures, administrative costs, and Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) requirements. Data collection and reporting issues are highlighted, and the summary concludes with a discussion regarding penalty issues. Modified Author Abstract.

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