Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
In February 2006, President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), which reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant through 2010. On June 28, 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the interim final regulations regarding the TANF program. These regulations required Washington to make major changes to the WorkFirst program in order to meet strict new federal participation standards and avoid paying penalties. The TANF Program Final Rule became available February 5, 2008. For more information on the impacts of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) and Washington’s WorkFirst program, visit DRA.
Washington State's TANF Plan
Federal law requires states to submit a plan describing each state's TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Current TANF State Plan —The plan presented below was amended on March 21, 2013 and submitted to HHS on April 1, 2013.
- Cover Letter— From Kevin W. Quigley, Secretary of the state Department of Social and Health Services, submitting the amended Plan to HHS.
- Body of the Plan — comprised of an Introduction and five sections: I. Benefits, II. Employment Services, III. Waivers, IV. Strengthening Families, and V. Administration.
- Optional State Certifications — A certification by the Chief Executive Office of the State, Governor Christine O. Gregoire, specifying that the state will operate its TANF program in compliance with Title IV-A of the Social Security Act. This certification, signed November 23, 2008, is completed at each biennial review of the TANF State Plan and remains in effect until the next biennial review.
Washington State's Work Verification Plan
The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 requires all states to prepare a Work Verification Plan (WVP) which outlines the steps each state will take to ensure that the work participation requirements established by the DRA are implemented. The WVP must be approved by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
- Federal Approval of Washington State's Work Verification Plan — pending
- Washington State's Current WorkFirst Work Verification Plan | Letter — September 4, 2012
TANF Caseload Reduction Reports
Washington must annually submit a Caseload Reduction Report to the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, which is used to determine the TANF work participation rates for each federal fiscal year. In accordance with CFR Section 261.41(b)(6), these reports are made available for public review and comment period, usually in December of each year. After the public review and comment period ends, these reports are removed from the WorkFirst TANF website and are no longer available for public review.
TANF Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities for Families Receiving assistance Under the TANF and SSP-MOE Programs, Form ACF-812
Section 812 of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 modifies section 411 of the Social Security Act by requiring that each State agency, the District of Columbia, and the Territories submit a Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities. The report must be submitted for two reporting periods. The first reporting period is from March 1 through March 31, 2011 and the reports are due no later than May 31, 2011. The second reporting period is from April 1 through June 30, 2011 and the reports are due no later than August 31, 2011. For the Report on Engagement, with respect to each work-eligible individual in a family receiving TANF or SSP-MOE assistance during the reporting period, the States must collect and report the following information: (1) whether the individual engages in any activities that are directed toward attaining self-sufficiency and (2) if yes, the specific activities that (a) do not qualify as a countable work activity, but are otherwise reasonably calculated to help the family move to self-sufficiency or (b) that could be a countable work activity, but for the fact that either the work-eligible has not engaged in such activities for a sufficient number of hours; the work-eligible individual has reached a maximum time limit allowed for having participation in the activity count; or the number of work-eligible individuals engaged in such activity exceeds a statutory limitation.
The following links will be activated as each report and analysis becomes available.
- Form ACF-812, Report on Engagement – March 2011
- Analysis of March 2011 Report on Engagement
- Form ACF-812, Report on Engagement – April –June 2011
- Analysis of April – June 2011 Report on Engagement
Note: The data contained in the March 2011 report was collected in the month of May. In June, the participation data will be refreshed for the final time so the TANF work participation reports prepared in June will not match the information in the March report.
Please send any written comments to:
Steve Ebben, Senior Policy Advisor for Performance Reporting & Data Management
Department of Social and Health Services
Community Services Division (CSD), MS: 45440
PO Box 45440
Olympia, WA 98504-5440