ERIC Number: ED464254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
TANF Reauthorization and Work Requirements.
Reauthorization Notes, v2 n3 Feb 2002
The various parties interested in reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are considering a number of issues related to the program's work requirements. The following policy questions have sparked particular debate: (1) the impact that allowing additional activities to count toward federal participation rates would have on TANF caseloads and the welfare-to-work transition; (2) whether the TANF program contains sufficient incentives to encourage states to increase participation in work-related activities and changes that could promote increased participation in work-related activities; (3) whether the separate participation rate for two-parent families is a realistic target rate for engaging those families in work activities; and (4) whether work participation rates are adequate measures for evaluating state performance in moving TANF recipients into employment. The current work requirements for TANF recipients illustrate three different options available to states. The National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies provides a research perspective on work requirements. In addition, various organizations representing a wide range of political interests have forwarded positions, recommendations, and proposals addressing work requirements and TANF reauthorization. Those organizations include the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Public Human Services Association, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Committee for Economic Development. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Eligibility, Employment Level, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Information Sources, Literature Reviews, Measurement Techniques, Needs Assessment, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Performance Factors, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, State Programs, Trend Analysis, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
For full text: http://www.welfareinfo.org/workrequirements_trn.asp.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Welfare Information Network, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families