ERIC Number: ED442980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Reform: Work-Site-Based Activities Can Play an Important Role in TANF Programs. Report to Congressional Requesters.
Fagnoni, Cynthia M.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) examined worksite-based activities currently in place to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) develop the skills required for successful transition to unsubsidized employment. Data were collected from the following sources: (1) data reported by states to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); (2) interviews of selected state TANF administrators and experts on TANF work programs; and (3) review of nine state- and local-level worksite activities nationwide. All the worksite activities visited assigned TANF recipients to public or private sector employers in areas such as building maintenance, clerical work, unskilled health care, and food service. Although data on worksite-specific outcomes were not available from all sites and although the available data could not be compared across sites, program administrators, participants, and others suggested that worksite activities can help participants with no prior work experience develop a resume and simultaneously provide community services. However, some critics argued that some worksite activities do not provide the skills or experience needed for successful transition to unsubsidized employment. (Appended are comments from the DHHS and a list of GAO contacts and staff acknowledgments. The bibliography contains 41 references and 13 related GAO products.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Learning Activities, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families