Program Management

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Announcing – The Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy, March 2015

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) invites nominations of state, territory, and local Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies to participate in the Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (the Academy). State, territory, and local TANF agencies may nominate themselves. Nominations are due by March 17, 2015.

The Academy will engage up to seven teams of key leaders, administrators and stakeholders from a select group of TANF jurisdictions to develop and implement TANF program improvements over an 18-month period. The Academy will support state and local TANF programs to improve employment outcomes and strengthen service delivery. The Academy is a response to demonstrated interest of states and counties to redesign and re-energize TANF programs to ensure that families receive needed services and supports for successful transition to employment and economic stability.

A facilitated webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern, which will explain OFA's vision and expected outcomes for the Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy, as well as discuss the benefits of TANF agency participation. Webinar presenters will also review the nomination process for participation in the policy academy, the benefits of participation, and expectations throughout the Academy timeframe. A facilitated question and answer session will allow interested agencies to ask questions about the information provided.

Register for the Webinar

View the Dear Colleague Letter [PDF - 159 KB] Read More Information [PDF - 160 KB]


Integrating Executive Functioning Principles, Soft Skills Activities, and Case Management Coaching in order to Improve Economic Success for TANF Recipients, February 4, 2015

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted a webinar entitled Integrating Executive Functioning Principles, Soft Skills Activities, and Case Management Coaching in order to Improve Economic Success for TANF Recipients. This Webinar provided resources and step-by-step recommendations to help participants better integrate case management approaches based on the work of the Crittenton Women's Union, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities- Building Better Programs initiative and the Minnesota's Ramsey County activities.

The overarching goals of the Webinar were to:

1. Provide an overview of executive functioning, the emergence of brain science research within the human services and the intersection of executive functioning and soft skills as a means to improve social and economic development from the Building Better Program's initiative developed by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities;

2. Provide integration insights from the Crittenton Women's Union approach to improving executive functioning and economic mobility among TANF recipients and low-skilled individuals; and

3. Share lessons learned and implementation strategies from Ramsey County, Minnesota which has been rigorously evaluated and has been shown to improve economic outcomes for clients.

PowerPoint [PDF - 3,814 KB] Transcript [PDF - 296 KB] Audiorecording


Fourth Quarter Caseload Data, February 2015

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has posted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) caseload and application data for the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. In the fourth quarter of FY 2014, there was a monthly average of 1.60 million families receiving TANF and Separate State Program (SSP) assistance, representing approximately 3.8 million recipients. The monthly average number of TANF applications received in the fourth quarter of FY 2014 was 286,916.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/caseload-data-2014


Webinar: Building TANF and WIOA Partnerships to Improve TANF Recipient Employment Outcomes: Lessons Learned from TANF/WIA Coordination, January 2015

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted a webinar entitled "Building TANF and WIOA Partnerships to Improve TANF Recipient Employment Outcomes: Lessons Learned from TANF/WIA Coordination" on Thursday, January 15, 2015.The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was passed in July 2014, and the new law establishes TANF as a required one-stop partner and also provides the option to states for submitting a combined workforce development plan that includes TANF. In this webinar, a panel of experts and officials from states and local areas shared their experiences with TANF/WIA collaboration. Speakers included:

  • Nisha Patel, Director, Office of Family Assistance
  • Iowa: Bob Krebs, TANF Administrator, Angela Madison, PROMISE JOBS Program Manager, Todd Spencer, State Administrator, and Sherry Seibert, PROMISE JOBS Program Manager;
  • Pennsylvania: Tamila Lay, Director of the Division and Employment Training Programs and Scott Sheely, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board;
  • Texas: Laurie Biscoe, Deputy Director of the Texas Workforce Commissions Workforce Development Division; and
  • Utah: Karla Aguirre who is the Director of Program, Policy, and Training for the Workforce Development Division of Utah's Department of Workforce Services.
  • Audiorecording Transcript [PDF - 419 KB]


    Coordinating Employment Services across the TANF and WIA Programs, 2015

    A recent study initiated by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) focused on the supports, strategies, and considerations influencing coordination across TANF and WIA programs in the U.S. This report highlights promising practices from eight states and 11 localities regarding the coordination of TANF and WIA services. It also provides readers with 12 strategies used by the study sites, which fall under the following components: administration and management, funding, policies and procedures, program missions and knowledge, services for customers, and accountability and performance measurement.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/coordinating-employment-services-across-the-tanf-and-wia-programs


    Data Collection Introduction to the TANF 196R for State Data Personnel Webinar, December 2014

    On December 11, 2014, the Office of Family Assistance hosted the Online Data Collection Introduction to the TANF 196-R for State Data Personnel webinar. The webinar provided information about the changes with the ACF 196 form. The ACF-196R form was developed to improve financial management and track expenditures and related costs for the TANF program. The webinar provided an overview of the form and online data collection system. Speakers included: Patrick Wells, Director, Division of Mandatory Grants; Peter Germanis, National Expert, Office of Family Assistance; and Anna-Lisa Walters, Senior Training Expert, Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.

    Audiorecording Transcript [PDF - 193 KB]


    Webinar: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What it Means for ACF Programs, November 20, 2014

    The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families presented a Webinar titled: "The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: What it Means for ACF Programs". This Webinar provided information about the implications of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for ACF programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Community Services Block Grant and Homeless Youth, and Foster Care.

    Transcript [PDF - 222 KB] Audiorecording PowerPoint [PDF - 290 KB]


    Financial Empowerment: How Delaware Improved Financial Security through Coaching, September 2014

    Authored by the National Governors Association (NGA), this paper highlights the success of Delaware's statewide financial empowerment program. Developed in 2011 by Gov. Jack Markell, $tand By Me provides Delaware residents with innovative ways for increasing their economic security by providing access to a personal financial coach and consumer-friendly financial products. This case study provides an in-depth overview of the program and discusses three central elements which have aided in its success:1) delivering financial education through an innovative coaching model, 2) integrating financial coaching into existing state and community services, and 3) partnering with business community stakeholders to deliver services.

    For more information, please see: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2014/1409FinancialEmpowerment.pdf


    TANF Directors Midwest Meeting: Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Tools for ACF Region V and VII TANF Programs, September 2014

    The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Regions V and VII convened a meeting in Chicago, Illinois entitled "Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Tools for ACF Region V and VII TANF Programs" from September 4 - 5, 2014. This one and one-half day in-person technical assistance meeting was aimed at State TANF managers and State leadership. Participants were provided technical assistance and training that would contribute to and facilitate improvements in their States' ability to meet TANF program goals and Federal requirements. The Region's focus was provided through facilitated collaboration, communication, and problem-solving sessions. Region V and VII managers shared lessons learned and gathered strategies that can improve their own programs' ability to identify and address multiple barriers, including assisting the homeless community, understanding the foundations of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and how executive functioning and soft skills can led to economic success. Participants were provided an opportunity to interact with presenters, while receiving new information on programmatic changes and updates, and practical approaches to take to their home States dealing with TANF Programs.

    Agenda [PDF - 1,268 KB]


    TANF Directors Pacific Northwest Meeting: Tribal TANF Case Management, September 2014

    On September 3 - 4, 2014, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region X held a meeting titled the "2014 Tribal TANF Case Management Meeting" in Tulalip, Washington. This meeting provided staff from Tribal TANF and workforce development agencies with structured forums and presentations about TANF case management, case plan development, client engagement strategies, and service delivery with the goal of transitioning hard-to-serve clients out of poverty. The presenters were Region X ACF staff and Tribal leaders. Participants were able to engage with ACF administrative staff to gain in-depth guidance on financial management, as well as network with other Tribal TANF agencies.

    Agenda [PDF - 933 KB]


    TANF Directors Region VI Meeting: Building a Path to Family Stability, September 2014

    The Region VI State TANF Meeting: Building a Path to Family Stability, convened by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, took place on September 23 - 25, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The meeting brought together TANF program directors, stakeholders, and State administrators to learn strategies, engage in dialogue, and build linkages with peers to improve program outcomes and promote economic and social well-being for individuals, children, and families. Specific topics covered during the meeting included: moving towards evidence-based practices; engaging non-custodial parents to improve child and family outcomes; improving effective programming for families facing homelessness; working with victims of family violence; and addressing the needs of rural TANF participants.

    Agenda [PDF - 915 KB]


    TANF Directors Southwest Meeting: Collaboration and Innovation: Keys to Engaging TANF Customers, September 2014

    The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Region VIII held the 2014 ACF Region VIII State Meeting, entitled "Collaboration and Innovation: Keys to Engaging TANF Customers" on September 18 - 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. This meeting brought together Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program directors and staff from six States to learn strategies, engage in strategic dialogue, and build linkages with peers to improve program outcomes and promote economic and social independence for individuals, children, and families. During the meeting, State representatives had opportunities to share promising practices in collaborating with State, local, and community agencies to successfully serve TANF participants. There was also a State of the State's Panel Discussion with ACF/OFA leadership. Meeting attendees also heard from subject matter experts in the areas of program performance, employment outcomes and career pathways, kinship care and home visiting programs, housing and homelessness issues, supporting refugee populations, assisting victims of human trafficking, and engaging rural communities, among others. This interactive and collaborative event allowed for rich discussion and training opportunities.

    Agenda [PDF - 674 KB]


    TANF Directors West Coast Meeting, September 2014

    The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region IX convened a meeting for Region IX staff and State and Territory Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program representatives in San Francisco, California from September 16 - 17, 2014. The meeting provided staff and TANF program representatives with technical assistance, training, and guidance on topics pertaining to the current and future landscape of TANF programming and client services. This meeting also provided program representatives with tools and strategies to improve program performance by increasing collaboration across agencies to improve outcomes for low-income families.

    Agenda [PDF - 224 KB]


    Webinar: An Overview of OMB Approved Form ACF-196R State TANF Financial Report Form, September 2014

    On September 11, 2014, the Office of Family Assistance hosted a Webinar, titled "An Overview of OMB Approved Form ACF-196R State TANF Financial Report Form." The revised reporting form is the 196R for State submission of quarterly financial data on their State TANF and MOE expenditures, which was released in this OFA Program Instruction in July 2014. Presenters included:

    • Susan Golonka, Acting Director, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
    • Winston Gonzalez, Office of Information Services, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
    • Maria Sciannameo, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
    • Peter Germanis, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and
    • Julie Siegel, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Webinar Recording [MP3 - 11,258 KB] PowerPoint Presentation [PDF - 1,385 KB] Transcript [PDF - 166 KB]


    Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2013, September 2014

    The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation released a publication that provides tables containing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2013. The Databook also includes longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2013.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/welfare-rules-databook-state-tanf-policies-as-of-july-2013


    TANF Directors East Coast Meeting: Building Linkages Within and Across States to Achieve Family Independence, August 2014

    The "TANF Directors East Coast Meeting: Building Linkages Within and Across States to Achieve Family Independence," sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions I, II, III, and IV, took place during August 12 - 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It brought together TANF stakeholders and State Human Service Commissioners/Secretaries in Regions I, II, III, and IV to engage with peers on innovative strategies and collaborations to promote economic and social well-being for individuals, families, and communities. Specific topics that were covered during the meeting include redesigning TANF programs to strengthen services and improve employment outcomes; career pathways strategies; managing through performance data; creating an employment-focused TANF program; toxic stress and homelessness; and implementing change and measuring success.

    Agenda [PDF - 531 KB]


    FY2013 TANF Financial Data, July 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance released the federal TANF and MOE financial data for FY2013.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-financial-data-fy-2013


    TANF-ACF-PI-2014-01 (Reporting on TANF Work Measures after Enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), July 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance released a Program Instruction that requests states submit data necessary to calculate the work measures previously reported under the High Performance Bonus (HPB). The Office of Family Assistance hosted a Webinar on this program instruction. Materials from the Webinar are provided.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-acf-pi-2014-01


    TANF-ACF-PI-2014-02 (OMB approved Form ACF-196R State TANF Financial Report Form), July 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance released a Program Instruction that provides information about the approval of the ACF-196R form by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Program Instruction also includes guidelines for states regarding requirements when using the form.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-acf-pi-2014-02


    Capacity Building Toolkit: Identifying and Promoting Effective Practices, June 2014

    Authored by the Office of Community Services, Compassion Capital Fund (CCF), this guidebook is aimed at better equipping nonprofit organizations with the knowledge and information needed to identify, validate, and promote effective practices that will help improve their organization and the quality of services they provide within their communities.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/identifying-and-promoting-effective-practices


    FY 2014 and Final Quarter of CY 2013 Caseload Data, May 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance posted caseload data for the first quarter of FY2014 and final quarter of Calendar Year (CY) 2013. Nine TANF jurisdictions experienced an increase in caseload, and forty-five jurisdictions experienced a decrease compared to the first quarter of FY 2013.

    For more information, please see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf/data-reports


    Q & A: Counting and Verifying Hours of Work Participation: TANF Program Policy Questions and Answers, May 2014

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) recently added two new questions and answers to the TANF Program Policy Question and Answer forum on their Web site. The two new questions and answers provide guidance on documenting hours of education completed by a work-eligible individual, and information regarding the necessary documentation to prove homework time completed by a work-eligible individual participating in an educational activity.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/q-a-counting-and-verifying-hours-of-work-participation


    Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families, March 2014

    The U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently released a research brief that summarizes the state of the field on cultural competence in social services. The brief describes cultural competence and includes strategies for service providers and administrators to strengthen cultural competence in social services. The brief also provides references and links for additional resources, tools, and information.

    For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/enhancing-cultural-competence-social-service-agencies-promising-approach-serving-diverse


    TANF Contingency Fund Awards, 2014, February 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families recently released a table that outlines the monthly Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Contingency Awards by State for the 2014 fiscal year. The table includes estimated awards per State for the months of February and March. As of January 2014, New York received the largest total award, and Delaware received the smallest award.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-contingency-fund-awards-2014


    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, State Reporting on Policies and Practices to Prevent Use of TANF Funds in Electronic Benefit Transfer Transactions, February 2014

    On February 19, 2014, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance hosted "The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, State Reporting on Policies and Practices to Prevent Use of TANF Funds in Electronic Benefit Transfer Transactions" webinar. This webinar provided participants with a summary of the NPRM and the comment process. The webinar presenters presented a summary of the legislation and requirements, the contents of the NPRM, specifically, the proposed definitions, proposed acceptable policies and practices to be in compliance, proposed elements of a complete report, the penalty, and next steps.

    Transcript [PDF - 386 KB]

    PPT Presentation [PDF - 256 KB]


    TANF Contingency Awards by State and Federal Fiscal Year, January 2014

    The Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families recently released a table that outlines the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Contingency Awards by State for each Federal fiscal year. New York received the largest total award since fiscal year (FY) 2006, and also received the largest award in FY2013.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-contingency-awards For more information, please see


    TANF-ACF-IM-2014-01 (Proposed Revisions to TANF Financial Data Collection), January 2014

    Based on comments received in response to the first Federal Register notice on September 12, 2013, ACF has revised the proposed ACF-196R form and instructions. This Information Memorandum (IM) transmits the revised proposed data collection instrument (the ACF-196R form) and instructions, which were announced via a second Federal Register Notice on January 14, 2014 (in accordance with Paperwork Reduction Act of 2010 procedures). The IM provides explanatory information on the proposed changes and invites interested parties to submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget by February 12, 2014.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-acf-im-2014-01


    Connecticut Peer TA Request: Summary of Structured Calls on TANF Service Delivery Restructuring, 2014

    The Peer Technical Assistance (TA) Network responded to a technical assistance request from the Connecticut Department of Social Services in June and July 2014. Connecticut's technical assistance request focused on understanding how other states have restructured or redesigned their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) service delivery, intake process flows, participant engagement, and service coordination. Eight states were identified as having recently restructured various components of their TANF programs and were engaged in semi-structured conversations by Peer TA Network staff around their processes, procedures, lessons learned, and other information, including assessment, engagement of participants, case management, and service coordination. The eight states interviewed include: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    View the Summary. [PDF - 1,389 KB]


    Considering Two Generation Strategies in the States, 2014

    The Working Poor Families Project released a policy brief that outlines ways that states can encourage two-generation strategies within programs to continue to help adults achieve economic success while maintaining strong, stable families. The brief includes an in-depth history of poverty and two-generation strategies in the United States, and offers specific recommendations to support and stimulate these efforts within states.

    For more information, please see: http://www.workingpoorfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/WPFP-Summer-2014-Brief.pdf


    HPOG and Registered Apprenticeship: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities, 2014

    This paper provides peer technical assistance to HPOG and similar programs considering utilizing an apprenticeship program. Authors provide detailed successes, challenges, and lessons learned from numerous HPOG grantees. The paper also features conversations held between HPOG grantees and several apprenticeship experts.

    For more information, please see: http://hpogcommunity.acf.hhs.gov/Documents/HPOG%20Apprenticeship%20Paper%20508%20FINAL.pdf


    HPOG and TANF Partnerships: Lessons Learned in Engaging TANF Participants, 2014

    This paper provides peer technical assistance to HPOG programs on incorporating promising strategies to build relationships with TANF agencies and guide TANF participants through career pathways. In addition, the paper provides tips about collaborating with state and regional TANF offices, improving TANF participant services, and much more. This paper can also be used by organizations that work with TANF populations.

    For more information, please see: http://hpogcommunity.acf.hhs.gov/Documents/HPOG%20TANF%20Paper%20FINAL%20508.pdf


    Measuring Progress in the Fight Against Poverty, 2014

    The Institute for Research on Poverty released a report that explores how to measure progress in the fight against poverty. The report highlights advancements in measurement practices, as well as compares the official poverty measure against the supplemental poverty measure.

    For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/focus/pdfs/foc311b.pdf


    The Responsiveness of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program during the Great Recession, 2014

    The Brookings Institution released a report that examines how the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program responded to the increased unemployment rates during the Great Recession (December 2007 - June 2009). Authors of the report explored three conducted studies that looked at changes in TANF rolls in relation to two alternative measures of rising unemployment per state.

    For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2014/08/responsiveness%20tanf%20great%20recessions%20haskins/responsiveness_tanf_great_recession_haskins


    Webinar: State TANF Redesign/ Human Services Modernization Efforts, November 2013

    On November 21, 2013, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Region X held a webinar, "State TANF Redesign/ Human Services Modernization Efforts" that was open to all State TANF Directors and staff, local TANF agencies, and contractors. The webinar featured the following speakers: Babette Roberts, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Lorie Young and Catherine Scardino, State of Hawaii Department of Human Services; and Deborah Carroll, District of Columbia Department of Human Services. For nearly 20 years, Federal and State governments have been working together in earnest to simplify, streamline and enhance publicly financed, human services programs. Most States have embraced increasing access and simplifying policies, have streamlined processes, made procedures more client-friendly, reduced paperwork, and sought to increase outreach to potentially eligible individuals. As a result, millions of at-risk individuals who might not have obtained vital human services supports now do. This moderated webinar provided an overview of State TANF redesign efforts, including the process, lessons learned, and progress made thus far in Washington, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.



    Webinar Slides [PDF - 6,828 KB]

    Webinar Transcript with Updates from Speakers [PDF - 657 KB]

    Q and A [PDF - 212 KB]


    ACF Region IX TANF Peer Collaboration and Technical Assistance Workshop, September 2013

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region IX hosted representatives from Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada at the 2013 Region IX TANF Peer Collaboration and Technical Assistance Workshop in American Canyon, California on September 10-11, 2013. State and territory representatives shared strategies they are utilizing to improve program performance and outcomes for TANF participants. Experts from the field added to the discussions with presentations on the role of TANF in resolving homelessness; engaging non-custodial parents as a strategy to facilitating family self-sufficiency; utilizing peer mentor approaches to improve client engagement; and emerging research opportunities in the TANF field.

    Agenda [PDF - 289 KB]

    Participant List [PDF - 2,376 KB]

    Speaker Biographies [PDF - 2,373 KB]

    Additional Resources: TANF-IM Use of TANF Funds to Serve Homeless Families and Families at Risk of Experiencing Homelessness [PDF - 274 KB] Homelessness Resources [PDF - 469 KB] OWRA National Rollout [PDF - 1,286 KB] OWRA One-Pager [PDF - 490 KB]

    Developing and Sustaining Career Pathways for TANF Participants: Guam Project HATSA Presentation [PDF - 2,488 KB] Hawaii C3T Presentation [PDF - 1,257 KB] Linked Learning Presentation [PDF - 5,405 KB] Linked Learning Fact Sheet [PDF - 945 KB]

    TANF's Role in Ending Family Homelessness: U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Presentation [PDF - 854 KB]

    Strategies for Improving the Operation of the TANF Program: Nevada Business Process Reengineering Presentation [PDF - 210 KB] Hawaii Asset Limit Reform Presentation [PDF - 1,850 KB] Hawaii Asset Limit Study [PDF - 3,637 KB]

    ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC): Resources and Supports for Conducting and Using High-Quality Research Studies [PDF - 346 KB]

    Pay-After-Performance and Jobs Program Preliminary Orientation Presentation [PDF - 378 KB]

    Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) Study Presentation [PDF - 757 KB]

    Implementing Early Engagement Models to Better Prepare TANF Recipients for Self-Sufficiency: California Early Engagement Presentation [PDF - 1,282 KB] Peer Mentors Presentation [PDF - 1,607 KB]


    Featured Podcast Series: Tanana Chiefs Conference - Data Collection and TANF Staff Collaboration, September 2013

    In June 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to learn about their subsidized employment program and their efforts around data collection. The Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is called the Athabascan Self-Sufficiency Assistance Partnership (ASAP), which provides services to the Tribal members of 37 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. These Tribal members face several challenges living primarily in very isolated rural communities with limited roads, infrastructure, and jobs.

    Data Collection and TANF Staff Collaboration
    This two-part podcast focuses on TCC's use of data to inform program practice and the development of TCC's logic model, a tool that allows staff to see the costs and benefits of their efforts. The logic model reflects the cultural values of the Tribe, such as self-sufficiency, hard work, respect, and care and provision for the family. TCC's goal is to take the data, convert it into useful and culturally sensitive information, and use it to keep their Tribal members informed.

    View Part One of the Podcast Here

    View Part Two of the Podcast Here


    Regions V and VII Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Priority Update Meeting, September 2013

    On September 10-11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance hosted the Regions V & VII TANF Priority Update Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin met to network and share lessons learned and promising practices and to seek guidance from Federal and Regional staff in a number of different areas, including: planning to implement TANF EBT requirements, understanding the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, addressing homelessness through TANF, utilizing data to inform program practices, developing career pathways for TANF participants, and discussing key TANF issues with Federal ACF leadership.



    View ACF Marketplace 101 [PDF - 1,646 KB]

    View Adult Education Programs PP [PDF - 390 KB]

    View ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC) PP [PDF - 405 KB]

    View Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas PP [PDF - 1,184 KB]

    View Jobs to Careers PP [PDF - 411 KB]

    View Career Pathways PP [PDF - 1,205 KB]

    View EBT Access and Restrictions PP [PDF - 529 KB]

    View TANF Employment and Training Requirements/PATH PP [PDF - 881 KB]

    View Minnesota Rebuild-- Refocusing on Work PP [PDF - 231 KB]

    View Missouri Temporary Assistance Program PP [PDF - 482 KB]

    View Developing Demand-Driven Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals and TANF Participants PP [PDF - 894 KB]

    View A Study of TANF Work Participation and Engagement PP [PDF - 113 KB] View Agenda [PDF - 668 KB]

    View Final Report [PDF - 1,150 KB]

    View Participant List [PDF - 639 KB]

    View Speaker Biographies [PDF - 628 KB]


    Regions VI & VIII TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar # 3: Using Research to Inform Practice: ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC), September 2013

    The OFA Regions VI & VIII TANF Webinar Series: TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar # 3: Using Research to Inform Practice: ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC), was held on September 12, 2013. The webinar, sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Regions VI & VIII, featured Mr. Brendan Kelly, a Senior Social Science Research Analyst and the Dissemination Team Leader in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Dr. Michelle Derr, a Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research; and Ms. Kinsey Dinan, the Deputy Director of the New York City Human Resources Administration's Office of Evaluation and Research. Speakers provided an overview of the structure of and opportunities available through the three components of ACF, OPRE, FSSRC including the Scholar's Network, Data Center, and Project AWESOME. The webinar also included a discussion of how State and local program administrators can work with in-house researchers to gain insight into the impact of their programming.

    Webinar Presentation [PDF - 812 KB]

    Webinar transcript [PDF - 209 KB]

    Speaker Biographies [PDF - 352 KB]

    Videos in the Regions VI & VIII TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLypiJrod4Deh9NZbfKFPRRQhPsKhy7QbU


    Webinar Series: Proposed Revisions to TANF Financial Reporting: Implementing the ACF-196R, September 2013

    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) held a 2-part webinar series on Proposed Revisions to TANF Financial Reporting: Implementing the ACF-196R:

    • Part 1: Overview took place on Monday, September 23, 2013; and
    • Part 2: Technical took place on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

    The webinars provided participants with an overview of the Federal Register Notice and the Information Memorandum (IM) that were published on proposed changes to TANF financial data reporting. Topics covered include discussions of expenditure categories, definitions, changes to the accounting methods, and walk-through of detailed Excel examples that illustrate functionality and interaction across years in various reports. Included below are links to the combined summary of the webinar series, along with the presentation materials.



    Part 1: Overview Presentation [PDF - 617 KB]

    Part 2: Technical Presentation [PDF - 302 KB]

    Combined Webinar Summary [PDF - 720 KB]

    Part 2: Technical Excel Worksheets: Example 1 [LSX - 43 KB] Example 2 [LSX - 70 KB] Example 3 [LSX - 95 KB]


    Regions VI & VIII TANF Webinar Series: TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar # 2: The Caseload Reduction Credit, August 2013

    The second webinar in the 2013 Regions VI & VIII TANF Webinar Series: TANF Data Reporting and Analysis was held on August 1, 2013. The webinar, sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Regions VI and VIII, was open to all Region VI and VIII State TANF Directors and staff, local TANF agencies, and contractors and highlighted Julie Siegel as the featured speaker. Ms. Siegel is a Program Specialist at ACF's Office of Family Assistance who works in the TANF State Policy Division, focusing primarily on policy relating to work activities, work participation rates, and caseload reduction credits. During her presentation, Ms. Siegel focused on the important role that the caseload reduction credit plays in the TANF work participation rate process, including how the credit is calculated, how eligibility changes affect the credit, and how the excess maintenance of effort spending affects the state's work participation rate. Ms. Siegel was joined during the presentation by her colleague Peter Germanis, Senior Policy Advisor/National Expert at ACF's Office of Family Assistance.



    Videos in the Regions VI & VIII TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLypiJrod4Deh9NZbfKFPRRQhPsKhy7QbU Click here to view Webinar Slides [PDF - 2,569 KB]

    Click here to view Webinar Transcript [PDF - 516 KB]

    Click here to view Speaker Biography [PDF - 347 KB]


    Regions VI and VIII Webinar Series: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar # 1, June 2013

    This first webinar in the 2013 Region VI and VIII TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar Series was held on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The webinar, sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Regions VI and VIII, was open to all Region VI and VIII State TANF Directors and staff, local TANF agencies, and contractors. The webinar featured Patrick Brannen, a Statistical Consultant to ACF's Office of Family Assistance. He was responsible for statistical aspects of data collection and reporting of the TANF Data Report and the Separate State Programs – Maintenance of Effort (SSP-MOE) Data Report and for data analysis, including the calculation of the Work Participation Rates. Patrick Brannen provided a brief overview of the Section 1-4 reports, Work Participation Rate files and feedback, TANF sampling, and common edits and error flags.

    Webinar Presentation [PDF - 2,443 KB]

    Webinar Transcript [PDF - 584 KB]

    Patrick Brannen Bio [PDF - 9 KB]

    Videos in the Regions VI & VIII TANF Data Reporting and Analysis Webinar Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLypiJrod4Deh9NZbfKFPRRQhPsKhy7QbU


    Webinar: Integrating Comprehensive Case Management Strategies into TANF Programs, May 2013

    The Office of Family Assistance through the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance (WPTA) Network hosted a Webinar, "Integrating Comprehensive Case Management Strategies into TANF Programs." The Webinar provided an overview of various methods for creating an efficient and integrated approach to providing case management services with TANF populations. This Webinar also offered TANF-serving organizations information on program models and strategies that address intensive case management, service integration, and barriers to service. Program representatives presented information on their program design and implementation, population served, partnerships, challenges to service delivery, and lessons learned.

    View Webinar PowerPoint [PDF - 1,591 KB]

    View Webinar Transcript [PDF - 227 KB]

    Listen to Webinar Audio [MP3 - 21,462 KB]


    Office of Family Assistance (OFA) TANF Program Policy: Use of Funds, April 2013

    A new question and answer has been posted to the Office of Family Assistance Web site under the "Use of Funds" category. This item responds to a question about the amount of a refundable tax credit that can be counted as a Federal TANF or Maintenance of Effort expenditure when a portion of the refund has been intercepted to recover a debt owed to the State.

    To view this Q & A, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/q-a-use-of-funds?page=all


    Paperwork First, not Work First: How Caseworkers Use Paperwork to Feel Effective, March 2013

    The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare published a case study discussing research that has explored welfare agency caseworkers and how they use discretion. This case study is of a county welfare program in rural North Carolina and focuses on how caseworkers use paperwork through document analysis, interviews, and observation data. Findings of the case study illustrate how caseworkers spend a substantially higher amount of time on paperwork rather than assisting program participants to find employment, and how this paperwork is used to feel effective in a job that requires assisting clients in moving from welfare to work.

    For more information, please see: http://www.wmich.edu/hhs/newsletters_journals/jssw_institutional/institutional_subscribers/40.1.Taylor.pdf


    The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Approach: Developing Criteria and Metrics for Quality Career Pathways, February 2013

    This paper was developed by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to inform those working with career pathways programs of a common language and standards for programs. Through a review of existing literature, feedback from the ongoing Alliance for Quality Career Pathways project, and communication from field researchers, CLASP has designed a conceptual framework for identifying and designing high quality career pathways programs. The framework contains four components which are discussed.

    For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CLASP-The-AQCP-Approach-Feb-2013.pdf


    Case Management in Child Protection, 2013

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Child Welfare Information Gateway has a Case Management in Child Protection resource page that provides child protective services' (CPS) interventions. CPS interventions may provide case management services during or following investigations or initial assessments for interested individuals. CPS case management involves working with families to establish goals, creating plans to achieve the goals, providing services to meet needs identified in assessments, monitoring progress toward achievement of the goals, and closing cases when goals have been achieved.

    For more information, please see: https://www.childwelfare.gov/responding/casemgmt.cfm


    Evaluation of Waivers Granted Under the Workforce Investment Act, September 2012

    Mathematica released a report on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the nation's largest source of training and employment services, in which they conducted a study of States' and local areas' use of eight WIA policy waivers. This final report provides descriptive analysis of the findings from each phase of data collection, discussing the reasons for waiver requests and implementation of waivers at the State and local levels, the successes and challenges of these efforts, and lessons that can be learned from these States' and local areas' waiver use.

    For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/WIA_waivers_granted.pdf?spMailingID=6113545&spUserID=ODI0NTMwNjg3OQS2&spJobID=73155015&spReportId=NzMxNTUwMTUS1


    Office of Family Assistance Webinar: Data Collection Methods, September 2012

    On September 5, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted the second Webinar in a series of Webinars for the Promising Pathways Initiative. The Promising Pathways Initiative provided technical assistance to State, Tribal, and local TANF programs and nonprofit organizations to promote successful outcomes for low-income families, and seeks to address the knowledge needs of the TANF field through an evidence-informed practice approach. The Initiative is grounded in the research on evidence-based practices. The Promising Pathways Initiative supported ten selected sites from the ten OFA Regions by building capacity of the sites to identify practice and program components; develop and document evidence; and articulate the resulting "story" about the effectiveness of the program or practice.

    Titled "Data Collection Methods," this Webinar provided an overview of primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Strengths and limitations of different data collection methods were discussed. Tips for designing data collection instruments (such as questionnaires and interviews), and analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data once it is collected were provided. During the Webinar, Tanana Chiefs Conference, a program in Fairbanks, Alaska which participated in the Promising Pathways Initiative, presented its methods for collecting data on its subsidized employment program and how it uses data for internal and external monitoring and measurement

    Data Collection Methods Webinar - Slides [PDF - 2,208 KB]

    Data Collection Methods Webinar - Transcript [PDF - 414 KB]


    Region IX 2012 California and Nevada Tribal TANF Technical Assistance Workshop, September 2012

    On September 25 and 26, 2012, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Administrators along with other key stakeholders gathered in San Francisco for the Region IX 2012 Tribal TANF Technical Assistance Workshop. The central purpose of this workshop was to enable attendees to dialogue with one another and hear from field experts on a variety of critical topics pertaining to Tribal TANF program administration. Attendees were also provided with the opportunity to network amongst their peers and share recent successes and challenges. Over the course of the two-day workshop, a number of important topics were addressed, including: case management to achieve successful outcomes; creating opportunities for Tribal TANF participants via partnerships and collaborations; successful work placements for Tribal TANF participants; TANF penalty process; and supporting Tribal TANF participants with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

    Agenda [PDF - 179 KB]

    Speaker Information: Speaker Biographies [PDF - 344 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 305 KB]

    Participant Lists: Participant List [PDF - 279 KB] ACF OFA Staff List [PDF - 309 KB] Contractor Staff List [PDF - 288 KB]

    Case Management for Successful Outcomes: Navajo Nation Employment Readiness Guidelines Presentation [PDF - 877 KB] Navajo Nation Employment Readiness Guidelines Detailed Flow Chart [PDF - 162 KB] Navajo Nation Employment Readiness Guidelines Acronyms [PDF - 181 KB] Navajo Nation Employment Readiness Guidelines Employer Letter [PDF - 244 KB] Navajo Nation Employment Readiness Guidelines Employment Agreement Form [PDF - 207 KB]

    Online Work Readiness Assessment Presentation [PDF - 1,601 KB]

    Peer Networking: Session Slides [PDF - 483 KB]

    Connecting Tribal TANF Clients with Work Opportunities: Keys to Successful Placements: Tanana Chiefs Conference Presentation [PDF - 16,283 KB]

    Supporting Tribal TANF Clients with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders: Ketchikan Indian Community Behavioral Health Outline [PDF - 203 KB] Ketchikan Indian Community Behavioral Health Project MATCH [PDF - 331 KB] Ketchikan Indian Community Behavioral Health Addiction and Mental Illness [PDF - 291 KB] Ketchikan Indian Community Behavioral Health Addiction Defined [PDF - 361 KB]

    Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Behavioral Health Presentation [PDF - 1,763 KB]


    Region VI TANF Fiscal Policies and Reporting Training, September 2012

    The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region VI hosted a hands-on and interactive training for TANF programs on September 11-13, 2012. The 2012 Fiscal and Data Management Workshop in Dallas, Texas covered topics from caseload reduction credits and maintenance of effort (MOE) to cost allocation, audits, and penalties and provided TANF program representatives with the most comprehensive and hands-on training on managing TANF programs available. The workshop brought together State TANF directors and fiscal staff to strategize on ways to manage TANF dollars, collect, analyze, and report TANF participant and program data. Attendees learned strategies for maximizing TANF dollars and local partnerships and worked with peers to understand promising strategies for improving program performance and participant outcomes.

    Region VI TANF Fiscal Policies and Reporting Training - Summary Report [PDF - 1,224 KB]

    How States Have Spent their Federal and State Funds under TANF - PowerPoint [PDF - 1,006 KB]

    Fiscal Forum - PowerPoint [PDF - 2,526 KB]

    Helping Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency - PowerPoint [PDF - 158 KB]

    Region VI TANF Fiscal Policies and Reporting Training - Resources [PDF - 472 KB]

    Region VI TANF Fiscal Policies and Reporting Training - TANF Website References [PDF - 38 KB]


    2012 Region IX TANF Innovations in Action Forum, August 2012

    On August 14 and 15, 2012, State and Territory Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Administrators along with other key stakeholders gathered in San Francisco for the Region IX 2012 TANF Innovations in Action Forum. The central purpose of this forum was to enable attendees to discuss critical issues pertaining to TANF program administration and to explore new strategies for improving TANF programs for low-income and working families in their States and Territories. Attendees were also provided with the opportunity to report on the current status of TANF programs at the local level and to receive updates on current TANF policy developments. Over the course of the two-day forum, a number of important topics were addressed, including: work-oriented programs for vulnerable populations and youth; subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs; innovative case management and service coordination models; career pathways and work study programs for TANF participants; and privatization models and call centers.

    Agenda [PDF - 514 KB]

    Speaker Information: Speaker Biographies [PDF - 275 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 192 KB]

    Participant Lists: Participant List [PDF - 192 KB] HHS ACF Staff List [PDF - 175 KB] Contractor Staff [PDF - 160 KB]

    Work-oriented Programs for Vulnerable Populations and Youth: Hire Up Presentation [PDF - 5,809 KB] Jewish Vocational Services Presentation [PDF - 507 KB] Larkin Street Youth Presentation [PDF - 665 KB] Rubicon Programs Presentation [PDF - 398 KB] San Francisco Department of Child Support Services [PDF - 265 KB]

    Improving Employment Outcomes for TANF Participants and Low-Income Individuals through Subsidized Employment and Transitional Jobs: CalWORKs Subsidized Employment Presentation [PDF - 2,921 KB] CalWORKs Subsidized Employment California County Map [PDF - 117 KB] CalWORKs Subsidized Employment Cost Neutrality Example [PDF - 264 KB] CalWORKs Subsidized Employment California Assembly Bill [PDF - 55 KB]

    ICF Subsidized Employment Presentation [PDF - 327 KB]

    National Transitional Jobs Network Presentation [PDF - 149 KB] National Transitional Jobs Network Chicago Evaluation [PDF - 7,114 KB] National Transitional Jobs Network Put Illinois to Work Evaluation [PDF - 1,743 KB]

    San Francisco Human Services Agency JobsNow Presentation [PDF - 187 KB] San Francisco Human Services Agency JobsNow Employer Agreement [PDF - 208 KB] San Francisco Human Services Agency JobsNow Wage Subsidy [PDF - 110 KB]

    Innovative Case Management and Service Coordination Activities: Hawaii Business Process Reengineering Presentation [PDF - 525 KB]

    Developing Stable Career Pathways and Work Study Programs for TANF Participants: California Community College CalWORKs Presentation [PDF - 364 KB] Project HATSA Presentation [PDF - 4,565 KB]

    Utilizing Privatization Models and Call Centers in Social Service Delivery: Arizona Jobs Program Presentation [PDF - 2,285 KB] Arizona Jobs Program Samples [PDF - 39 KB] Arizona Jobs Program Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures [PDF - 179 KB] Arizona Jobs Program Participant Survey [PDF - 469 KB]


    Office of Family Assistance Webinar: "Using Data to Improve and Show Program Performance", August 2012

    On August 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted the first Webinar in a series of Webinars for the Promising Pathways Initiative. The Promising Pathways Initiative provided technical assistance to State, Tribal, and local TANF programs and nonprofit organizations to promote successful outcomes for low-income families, and seeks to address the knowledge needs of the TANF field through an evidence-informed practice approach. The Initiative is grounded in the research on evidence-based practices. The Promising Pathways Initiative supported ten selected sites from the ten OFA Regions by building capacity of the sites to identify practice and program components; develop and document evidence; and articulate the resulting "story" about the effectiveness of the program or practice.

    Titled "Using Data to Improve and Show Program Performance," this Webinar introduced participants to a system for identifying, collecting, and assessing information to demonstrate measurable program impacts beyond funder requirements. Participants learned about developing effective measures and creating performance plans to make data actionable. The Webinar featured an overview of LINCWorks, a program in Kansas City, Missouri which participated in the Promising Pathways Initiative performance tracking tools.

    Click here for: Webinar Slides [PDF - 1,159 KB] or: Webinar Transcript [PDF - 361 KB]


    Region IX Arizona Tribal TANF Technical Assistance Workshop, June 2012

    On June 26-27, 2012, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region IX Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Office held the annual Tribal TANF meeting for Arizona Tribes in the Region. The meeting provided an opportunity for Tribal TANF programs to join together to network and share lessons learned and best practices that will help lead to improved program effectiveness. The meeting provided information on key ACF initiatives and provided a forum for discussing strategies for increasing and improving employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for Tribal TANF participants through supportive services, assessments, career pathways models, and healthy relationship skills.

    Agenda [PDF - 354 KB]

    Participant Lists: Arizona Contractor Staff List [PDF - 179 KB] Arizona HHS ACF Staff List [PDF - 186 KB] Arizona Participant List [PDF - 216 KB]

    Speaker Information: Arizona Speakers Biographies [PDF - 204 KB] Arizona Speakers List [PDF - 190 KB]

    Building Healthy Families: National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families Presentation [PDF - 1,191 KB]

    Financial Management Practices: Tribal TANF Financial Management Presentation [PDF - 821 KB]

    Navajo Nation: Employment Readiness Guidelines Presentation [PDF - 730 KB]

    Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community: Fatherhood Program Presentation [PDF - 2,253 KB]

    San Carlos Apache Tribe: San Carlos Apache Tribe Presentation [PDF - 1,140 KB]

    State and Tribal Relations: State Tribal Relations Presentation [PDF - 142 KB]

    Subsidized Employment and Career Pathways: Subsidized Employment and Career Pathways Presentation [PDF - 298 KB] Training Agreement [PDF - 83 KB] Training Performance Evaluation [PDF - 86 KB] Training request for WEP [PDF - 140 KB] WEP Training Application [PDF - 175 KB]

    Using Individual Development Accounts: Creating Asset-Building Opportunities for Native TANF Participants Presentation [PDF - 638 KB] Native AFI Grantees and Sub-grantees [PDF - 317 KB]

    WPTA Network: Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network Presentation [PDF - 502 KB]


    2011 TANF Caseload and Application Data, March 2012

    The Office of Family Assistance has posed the latest FY 2011 and CY 2011 TANF Caseload and Application Data, which includes the number of children and families on the caseload as well as applications for the program.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/data-reports/index.htm


    Promising Pathways Initiative Innovation Institute, March 2012

    On March 13-14, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) convened the Promising Pathways Initiative Innovation Institute in Washington, DC. The Promising Pathways Initiative provides technical assistance to state and local TANF programs and nonprofit organizations to promote successful outcomes for low-income families, and seeks to address the knowledge needs of the TANF field through an evidence-informed practice approach. The Initiative is grounded in the research on evidence-based practices. The Promising Pathways Initiative supported ten selected sites from the ten OFA Regions by building capacity of the sites to identify practice and program components; develop and document evidence; and articulate the resulting “story” about the effectiveness of the program or practice. The Innovation Institute focused on capacity-building for evidence-informed practice through identifying and sharing innovative approaches to service delivery for TANF families and low-income populations. Nine of the ten Promising Pathways sites from Regions I through X participated in the Institute. The goals of the Institute were to: (1) Provide cross-site networking between Promising Pathways sites leading to increased capacity to implement evidence-informed practice; (2) Provide interaction and dialogue between Promising Pathways sites surrounding innovative approaches and supportive technical assistance resulting from participation in the Promising Pathways Initiative; and (3) Discuss and examine processes and tools that can be institutionalized in Promising Pathways sites to support sustainable evidence-informed programming for TANF and low-income populations.

    Agenda [PDF - 581 KB]

    Participant Lists: Site Representatives [PDF - 378 KB] Speakers [PDF - 370 KB] Federal Staff [PDF - 365 KB] TA Team Coaches [PDF - 366 KB] Staff [PDF - 367 KB]

    Biographies: Speakers [PDF - 389 KB] Team Leaders [PDF - 375 KB]

    Site Information: Arkansas [PDF - 249 KB] Kentucky [PDF - 303 KB] Pennsylvania [PDF - 280 KB]

    Communicating Your Mission and Telling Your Story: Ways to Work Presentation [PDF - 379 KB] ICF International Presentation [PDF - 1,096 KB] ICF Social Media Card [PDF - 65 KB] ICF Digital Storyboarding [PDF - 103 KB]

    Measuring Return On Investment (ROI) for State Government: Presentation [PDF - 116 KB] Logic Model Template [PDF - 75 KB] Glossary [PDF - 150 KB] Data List [PDF - 161 KB]

    Mapping the Assets in Your Community: LINC Infographics [PDF - 4,868 KB] BCT-FSI Asset Mapping Overview [PDF - 8,345 KB]

    Making Data Useful: GWU Presentation [PDF - 6,143 KB] Tanana Chiefs Conference Presentation [PDF - 727 KB] Dorcas Place Presentation [PDF - 273 KB]

    Moving Innovation Forward: Annie E. Casey Foundation Presentation [PDF - 808 KB]

    Promising Innovations: What we learned about Evidence-informed Practice from Our Sites: ICF International Presentation [PDF - 719 KB]

    Executive Summary [PDF - 1,241 KB]

    Technical Assistance Team [PDF - 164 KB]


    TANF Work Requirements and State Strategies to Fulfill Them, March 2012

    This research brief was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. Authors focus on State TANF strategies since the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Authors find that States have been enacting a variety of strategies to meet participation rate requirements. ARRA specifically helped States meet participation rate requirements by allowing flexibility to fund new worker supplements, subsidized jobs, and work supports.

    For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/work_requirements_0.pdf


    TANF at 15: Where Do We Go From Here? 2011 Tri-Regional TANF Directors' Meeting, November 2011

    August 22, 2011 marked the 15th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which was passed in an effort to “end welfare as we know it.” Although TANF cash assistance caseloads have fallen dramatically over the past 15 years, the need for assistance has remained high as the economic recovery continues to batter low-income and working families. Analyses of Federal and State caseload data, food stamp data, poverty data, and unemployment data show that TANF has not kept pace with the rates of food stamp usage or kept pace with unemployment and poverty increases, but remains an important component of the work-based safety-net for many Americans. State and Territory TANF programs are continuously challenged with developing and implementing effective work readiness, job skills, barrier reduction, and job placement activities for their TANF participants and as a result the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance . Regions I, II, and III convened the TANF at 15: Where Do We Go from Here 2011 Tri-Regional TANF Directors’ Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on November 1-3, 2011 to discuss the status of the TANF program and to determine appropriate next steps for programs and families. The TANF at 15 meeting focused on pertinent issues impacting TANF families and the TANF programs including improving responsiveness, engagement, fiscal management, domestic violence, asset-development, the TANF/SSI connection, and the work-based safety net during periods of sustained and increased unemployment. The meeting brought together national experts, Federal officials, researchers and program officials from the Urban Institute, MDRC, ICF International, and State and TANF directors representing nearly a third of the country to strategize around peer-developed practical solutions to common challenges facing TANF programs and participants. TANF at 15 represented a beginning of a tri-regional discussion on the status of TANF programming and laid the foundation for continued dialogue, focused planning, and increased responsiveness.

    Agenda [PDF - 2,470 KB] Final Report [PDF - 874 KB] Participant Lists and Speaker Biographies [PDF - 2,508 KB]

    TANF National Perspectives and Priorities: Maryland Department of Human Resources Presentation [PDF - 39 KB] Maryland Department of Human Resources Handout [PDF - 66 KB] New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Presentation [PDF - 1,047 KB]

    TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project: TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project Presentation [PDF - 432 KB] Social Security Administration Presentation [PDF - 4,401 KB]

    The Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) - Lessons from the Field: Implementation Overview [PDF - 198 KB] OWRA Schema [PDF - 270 KB] OWRA Web site

    A Safety Net Built Around Work When There Is No Work: Gordon Berlin, MDRC Remarks [PDF - 310 KB]

    Managing by Data—Strategies and Successes: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Presentation [PDF - 530 KB]

    Asset-based Approaches for Providing Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence: Allstate Foundation Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors Program Presentation [PDF - 576 KB] Grantee List [PDF - 116 KB] Helpful Links [PDF - 44 KB]

    TANF at 15 —Thinking Outside of the Box: Roberta Rehner Iversen, Author, Jobs Aren’t Enough Presentation [PDF - 458 KB]

    Putting Families First—A Model for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency: The District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services TANF Redesign Initiative: DC Department of Human Services Presentation [PDF - 2,430 KB]

    Fiscal Management: ACF Audit Handout [PDF - 377 KB] ACF TANF Audit Brief [PDF - 922 KB]

    Low-Income Families, Labor Market Participation, and the Great Recession: Urban Institute Presentation [PDF - 1,803 KB]

    Additional Resources: Workforce Innovation Fund Web site Improving State TANF Performance Measures Facilitating Savings and Asset Ownership Great Recession Hit Hard at America's Working Poor Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and TANF Many States Cutting TANF Benefits Regions 1, 2, 3 Caseload Fact Sheets Regions 1, 2, 3 Work Participation Fact Sheets [PDF - 677 KB] Regions 1, 2, 3 TANF Spending Fact Sheets [PDF - 2,442 KB]


    2011 Innovative Solutions Workshop, September 2011

    State TANF programs are continuing to develop and implement strategies to improve the economic self-sufficiency of low-income families as the programs await reauthorization. From improving outreach and engagement of eligible refugees and immigrants to successfully utilizing data to effectively make programmatic decisions, these programs are finding innovative ways to maximize resources to meet the needs of increasing families in need. The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Region IX convened the 2011 Innovative Solutions Workshop in San Francisco, California on September 21-22, 2011 to discuss the status of TANF programs and foster improved peer dialogue around practical solutions to common challenges facing TANF programs and participants. The meeting brought together State and Territory TANF directors and program staff to strategize on ways to move low-income and working families closer to economic self-sufficiency while providing important input on the development of new TANF legislation. Specific topics included improving service delivery for domestic violence survivors, career pathways for low-income workers, asset development strategies to improve long-term economic development, maximizing TANF funds, policy/program innovations for streamlining services, and using data to influence program development and service delivery.

    Agenda [PDF - 303 KB] Final Report [PDF - 1,178 KB] Participant List [PDF - 550 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 446 KB] ACF OFA Staff List [PDF - 508 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 161 KB]

    TANF at 15: Policies, Progress, and Promise: CBPP Presentation [PDF - 290 KB] ICF Presentation [PDF - 127 KB]

    Reshaping Intervention, Expanding Options- Innovative Strategies for Serving Domestic Violence Survivors in the TANF Caseload: Coalition Against Domestic Violence Presentation [PDF - 119 KB] Family Violence Law Center Presentation [PDF - 1,600 KB] La Casa De Las Madres Presentation [PDF - 1,093 KB]

    Asset Development, Financial Fitness, and TANF: Assets for Independence Resource Center Presentation [PDF - 1,446 KB] Women's Initiative for Self Employment Presentation [PDF - 867 KB] United Way of the Bay Area Presentation [PDF - 589 KB]

    Strategies to Improve Career Pathways: Career Ladders Project Presentation [PDF - 1,610 KB] Urban Institute Presentation [PDF - 152 KB] Bridge to Biotech Presentation [PDF - 1,092 KB]

    Welfare Research, TA, and Program Development: ICF International Presentation [PDF - 122 KB] UC Davis Extension Presentation [PDF - 128 KB]

    Welfare Peer TA: Information on the Network [PDF - 298 KB]

    Additional Resources: Career Advancement Academies Fact Sheet La Casa De Las Madres 3 Week Course Outline [PDF - 76 KB] Career Ladders Project Handout [PDF - 201 KB] McDowell County Work First Community Garden Information [PDF - 79 KB] Issue Brief: Career Ladders and Pathways for the Hard to Employ [PDF - 169 KB] Five Strategies to Help Low-Income Adults and Youth Attain Community College Credentials From Hidden Costs to High Returns: Unlocking the Potential of the Lower-Wage Workforce Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians Spotlight on the Family Independence Initiative

    TANF Spending Fact Sheets: National [PDF - 387 KB] Arizona [PDF - 397 KB] California [PDF - 430 KB] Hawaii [PDF - 321 KB] Nevada [PDF - 319 KB]

    TANF Caseload Fact Sheets: National [PDF - 132 KB] Arizona [PDF - 197 KB] California [PDF - 182 KB] Hawaii [PDF - 148 KB] Nevada [PDF - 152 KB]


    2011 TANF Priority Update Workshop: Region IV, August 2011

    The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Region IV convened the 2011 TANF Priority Update Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia on August 17-19, 2011 to discuss the status of TANF programs and foster peer dialogue among State TANF directors to discuss key issues impacting their programs and share best practices and lessons learned with their peers. The meeting brought together State TANF directors and program staff from across Region IV to strategize ways to guide low-income individuals and families to greater economic self-sufficiency while providing input and feedback on TANF legislation. Specific topics included asset building strategies for domestic violence survivors, service improvement for refugees and immigrants, career pathways and education, innovative solutions for economic recovery, and collaboration improvement strategies.

    Agenda [PDF - 221 KB] Final Report [PDF - 869 KB] Participant List [PDF - 233 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 206 KB]

    Improving Services for Refugees and Immigrants in TANF Programs: TANF For Refugees- Minnesota Experience Presentation [PDF - 46 KB] Office of Refugee Resettlement Presentation [PDF - 2,045 KB]

    TANF Data and Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 56 KB]

    Asset Building Strategies for Domestic Violence Survivors: Individual Development Accounts: Asset-Building Opportunities for Survivors of Domestic Violence Presentation [PDF - 773 KB] Building Assets, Building Safety: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Presentation [PDF - 1,280 KB] AFI Grantees and Subgrantees [PDF - 234 KB]

    Expanding Our Repertoire, Expanding Our Partnerships: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Presentation [PDF - 1,616 KB] FHA Basics for Region IV 2011 TANF Priority Update Workshop Presentation [PDF - 482 KB]

    Promoting Improved Career Pathways through Greater Education and Training Options: Metro Atlanta Workforce Funders Collaborative Presentation [PDF - 1,508 KB] Kentucky's TANF Collaboration Presentation [PDF - 177 KB]

    Child-Only TANF: A Call for Collaboration: Presentation [PDF - 715 KB] CalWORKs Children with Disabled Parents on SSI Issue Brief [PDF - 426 KB] SSI Parents with Children Receiving CalWORKs Cash Assistance in San Francisco: A Population on the Edge Report [PDF - 900 KB]


    2011 TANF Directors' Technical Assistance Meeting, June 2011

    State TANF programs are continuing to develop and implement strategies to improve the economic self-sufficiency of low-income families as they await a full reauthorization of the program scheduled for September 30, 2011. From improving outreach and engagement of eligible refugees and immigrants to successfully utilizing data to effectively make programmatic decisions, these programs are finding innovative ways to maximize resources to meet the needs of increasing families in need. The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Regions V and VII convened the 2011 TANF Directors' Technical Assistance Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 28-29, 2011 to discuss the status of TANF programs and foster improved peer dialogue around practical solutions to common challenges facing TANF programs and recipients. The meeting brought together State TANF directors and program staff to strategize on ways to move low-income and working families closer to economic self-sufficiency while providing important input on the development of new TANF legislation. Specific topics included improving service delivery for domestic violence and trafficking victims, and asset development strategies to improve long-term economic development, maximizing TANF funds, policy/program innovations for streamlining services, and using data to influence program development and service delivery.

    Agenda [PDF - 4,407 KB] Final Report [PDF - 6,137 KB] Participant List [PDF - 4,542 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 4,421 KB]

    ACF Interoperability Letter ACF Interoperability Toolkit

    Engaging Refugees Presentation [PDF - 1,194 KB]

    Engaging the Unengaged Presentation [PDF - 177 KB]

    Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Presentation [PDF - 670 KB]

    AFI Fact Sheet [PDF - 308 KB] ASSET Initiative Fact Sheet [PDF - 608 KB] Asset Building Resources: Region V [PDF - 199 KB] Asset Building Resources: Region VII [PDF - 122 KB] IDA Resources.org

    ASSET Initiative Presentation [PDF - 1,311 KB] Asset for Independence Presentation [PDF - 2,820 KB]


    2011 Tri-Regional TANF Fiscal Management Symposium, June 2011

    The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was developed to assist low-income and working families transition into employment and achieve greater levels of economic self-sufficiency. State/Territory/Tribal TANF grantees are responsible for managing more than $16 billion in Federal funds and successfully managing TANF programs requires skill and understanding. On June 15-16, 2011, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Regions I, II, and III hosted the first ever fiscal management workshop for TANF programs. The 2011 Tri-Regional TANF Fiscal Management Symposium in New York, New York covered topics from caseload reduction credits and maintenance of effort (MOE), to cost allocation, audits, and penalties and provided TANF program representatives with the most comprehensive and hands-on training on managing TANF programs available.

    Agenda [PDF - 487 KB] Final Report [PDF - 2,006 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 231 KB] Additional Resources [PDF - 154 KB] Reference Web Sites [PDF - 36 KB] Download Presentation [PDF - 8,177 KB]

    Participant List [XLS - 73 KB]


    2010 East Coast TANF Directors' Conference, October 2010

    In the foreground of reauthorization the Administration for Children and Families Regions I, II, III, and IV convened the first ever 2010 East Coast TANF Directors’ Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 19-21, 2010. The conference brought together 24 State TANF directors and program staff to strategize on ways to move low-income and working families closer to economic self-sufficiency while providing important input on the development of new TANF legislation. Specific topics included subsidized employment, strengthening safety-net partnerships, improving assessments and service delivery for domestic violence victims, and asset development strategies to improve long-term economic development. The conference brought together federal, state, and local partners and stakeholders to develop a new vision for a new decade and to enhance the program options available to low-income families and TANF participants.

    Agenda [PDF - 148 KB] Final Report [PDF - 661 KB] Binder Materials [PDF - 4,366 KB]

    Meeting the Needs of Diverse TANF Participants: Kenneth Tota Presentation [PDF - 6,662 KB] Census Report on the Foreign Born Population Congress Report on Immigrants in the Labor Force

    Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Families and TANF Participants after ARRA: Elizabeth Lower-Basch Presentation [PDF - 873 KB]

    ASSET Initiative: Improving Economic Independence: Presentation [PDF - 244 KB] Financial Literacy and Asset Building Report [PDF - 2,803 KB] Kentucky Asset Success Initiative [PDF - 3,863 KB]

    TANF and Domestic Violence: Building Opportunities for Victim Safety: Anne Menard, NRCDV [PDF - 143 KB] Anne Menard Poster Examples [PDF - 844 KB] Not Enough: What TANF Offers Family Violence Victims [PDF - 3,723 KB] Terrie Reid, AL DHR [PDF - 176 KB] SAIL Assessment [PDF - 73 KB] SAIL Referral [PDF - 15 KB]

    Strengthening Safety-Net Partnerships and Frontline Perspectives: Leo Miller, DOL ETA [PDF - 544 KB] Matthew S. Rager, IPIC [PDF - 364 KB] Monica A. Hawkins, HUD [PDF - 125 KB] E&T Funding [PDF - 227 KB] E&T History [PDF - 251 KB] E&T Summary [PDF - 398 KB]

    Developing and Sustaining Subsidized Employment Programs for TANF Participants: Melissa Young, NTJN [PDF - 164 KB] Barbara Guinn, NY OTDA [PDF - 208 KB] New York OTDA Handout [PDF - 33 KB] Jeffrey Gabriel, DOL ETA [PDF - 61 KB] Cheryl Sparkman, MS DHS [PDF - 304 KB] Wanda Franklin, TN OFA [PDF - 116 KB] TN Subsidized Employment Program Application [PDF - 127 KB] Tennessee NY Times Article

    Selected Topics Forum: Employer Resource Networks: Michelle Derr Presentation [PDF - 90 KB] CMS - Express Lane Eligibility: Stacy J. McQuillin Presentation [PDF - 111 KB] Rosemary Feild Presentation [PDF - 869 KB] Express Lane Eligibility Option Letter [PDF - 263 KB] States with Express Lane Eligibility [PDF - 121 KB] CHIPRA Section 203, Express Lane Legislation [PDF - 86 KB]

    Additional Resources: State TANF Profiles [PDF - 511 KB] TANF Resources [PDF - 325 KB] TANF and HUD Resources [PDF - 265 KB] TANF as a Safety Net Report TANF Carryover Funds Information Promising Antipoverty Strategies for Families Issue Brief Strained Suburbs Report The Great Recession and Poverty in Metropolitan America

    Additional Resource Materials [PDF - 8,094 KB]


    ACF Region IX State and Territorial TANF Strategic Session, September 2010

    As states and territories prepare for TANF Reauthorization in 2011 and continue to navigate the challenges of the “Great Recession” they are focusing increased attention on harder-to-serve groups who may require strategic thinking and comprehensive service delivery. In order to develop stronger programs, increase interoperability, and leverage resources, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Region IX brought together safety-net partners and other key stakeholders for the Region IX TANF Strategic Session in San Francisco, California from September 15-16, 2010. The session focused on increased program integration, improved service delivery, and enhanced client interaction. Specific topics included improving assessment and service delivery for domestic violence victims, interagency collaboration, client assessment, and program development in a tough economy.

    Agenda [PDF - 1,052 KB] Final Report [PDF - 241 KB]

    Meeting Workbook [PDF - 725 KB] Annotated Bibliography of Resources [PDF - 889 KB] Partnership Development Worksheet [PDF - 182 KB]

    Resource Fact Sheets: Child Care and TANF [PDF - 744 KB] Child Support and TANF [PDF - 807 KB] Child Welfare and TANF [PDF - 477 KB] Community Service and TANF [PDF - 488 KB] Disabilities and TANF [PDF - 466 KB] Financial Education Asset Development and TANF [PDF - 534 KB] Housing and TANF [PDF - 484 KB] HUD and TANF [PDF - 409 KB] SNAP and TANF [PDF - 485 KB] Substance Abuse and TANF [PDF - 515 KB] Transportation and TANF [PDF - 490 KB]

    Presentations: NRCDV Presentation NRCDV Fact Sheet Not Enough TANF Report Jeanette Hercik Safety Net What Makes Partnerships Work?


    California Counties Technical Assistance Academy, September 2008

    In California, as in much of the country, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) welfare-to-work program has been highly successful in reducing welfare caseloads. California has reduced its welfare caseload by 50 percent since 1996 and has shown marked success in implementing employment services and supports that help TANF participants overcome barriers to work and become more self supporting. However, many California counties are currently facing greater challenges moving their remaining CalWORKs participants into the workforce and meeting the new federally mandated work participation requirements. The state of California and its county partners are looking for new and effective programs and tools to aid them in reengaging sanctioned individuals; developing new opportunities for participants in the labor market; and linking these individuals to the skills training they need to become “work ready.” Faced with this challenge, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) partnered with the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA), to develop the California Counties Technical Assistance (TA) Academy as a way to focus on solutions and strategies to enhance California’s work participation rate. This Academy was a facilitated two and a half day event designed to introduce staff from 18 California counties to new programs, strategies, and ideas in order to strengthen their capacity to achieve higher levels of work participation rates.

    Final Report [PDF - 599 KB]


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