ERIC Number: ED316587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Up from Dependency: A New National Public Assistance Strategy. Report to the President.
Domestic Policy Council, Washington, DC.
This report, along with its supplemental volumes, assesses the welfare system and its successes and failures, describes the frustrations felt by the poor in the United States, and proposes a basic change in public assistance policy. America's state and federal governments spend more than $150 billion a year on programs to alleviate poverty, yet poverty continues to be a problem. Weaknesses within the centralized welfare system contribute significantly to the persistence of poverty in America. The following recommendations are offered: (1) the welfare system must be treated as a system; (2) no "national" welfare reforms should be proposed or supported without first being locally tested; (3) reform goals should be adopted that comprehensively define federal requirements for reform, allow maximum flexibility for state- and community-based reform efforts, and retain the current federal-state financing commitments; (4) the Federal Government should initiate a program of widespread, long-term experiments in welfare policy through state-sponsored and community-based demonstration projects; and (5) legislation should be proposed to implement the experimental program and ensure that its useful results are gradually incorporated into the national public assistance system. The report discusses findings, the potential for reform, and the proposal for a new national welfare strategy. Section I is the President's call for action. Section II describes the features and failures of the current system. Section III analyzes the weaknesses in the system and describes the potential for reform. Section IV presents the new strategy and proposes policy goals. Data are illustrated on 12 tables and figures. Sixty notes are included. (BJV)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Policy Formation, Poverty, Poverty Programs, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Policy, State Programs, Welfare Services
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Domestic Policy Council, Washington, DC.