Welfare Reform: Better Information Needed to Understand Trends in States' Uses of the TANF Block Grant

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant created as part of the 1996 welfare reforms, states have the authority to make key decisions about how to allocate federal and state funds to assist low-income families. States also make key decisions, through their budget processes, about federal and state funds associated with other programs providing assistance for the low-income population. States' increased flexibility under TANF as well as the budgetary stresses they experienced after a recession draw attention to the fiscal partnership between the ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. March 3, 2006.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant created as part of the 1996 welfare reforms, states have the authority to make key decisions about how to allocate federal and state funds to assist low-income families. States also make key decisions, through their budget processes, about federal and state funds associated with other programs providing assistance for the low-income population. States' increased flexibility under TANF as well as the budgetary stresses they experienced after a recession draw attention to the fiscal partnership between the federal government and states. To update GAO's previous work, this report examines (1) changes in the overall level of welfare-related spending; (2) changes in spending priorities for welfare-related nonhealth services; and (3) the contribution of TANF funds to states' spending for welfare-related services. GAO reviewed spending in nine states for state fiscal years 1995, 2000, and 2004 and focused on spending for working-age adults and children, excluding the elderly, long-term and institutional care."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Welfare Reform: Better Information Needed to Understand Trends in States' Uses of the TANF Block Grant, report, March 3, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc299354/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.