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Strategies to Enhance Processes Between Welfare-to-Work, TANF, and IV-D


Published: May 8, 2000
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Other Public Partners, Workforce/Labor, TANF (IV-A), State/Local Child Support Agencies
Family Services & Referrals, Economic Stability/Job Services
Policy, Information Memorandums (IM)

Information Memorandum


DATE: May 8, 2000


SUBJECT: Joint Guidance on Strategies to Enhance the Recruitment, Referral, Eligibility Determination, and Service Provision Processes Between Welfare-to-Work (WtW), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Agencies.

REFERENCES: Title IV-A and Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (SSA); see especially Sections 403(a)(5)(A)(ii)(I)(ff),403(a)(5)(K), and 454A(f)(5); Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-193); Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33) amending Title IV-A of the SSA; Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-200); 20 CFR Part 645, WtW Interim Final Rule (published at 62 Fed. Reg. 61588 (Nov. 18, 1997)); 45 CFR Part 260-265, TANF Final Rule (published at 64 Fed. Reg. 17719 (April 12, 1999)); Title VIII of H.R. 3424, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000 (Pub. L. 106-113), which contains the "Welfare to Work and Child Support Amendments of 1999" ("the 1999 Amendments"); Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220).

PURPOSE: To transmit guidance developed jointly by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL). This guidance addresses challenges encountered by Welfare-to-Work (WtW), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agencies in the provision of services to WtW participants, and seeks to assist States and local communities to improve WtW program operations and enhance inter-agency collaboration.

BACKGROUND: Throughout the late spring and summer of 1999, Regional Office staff of the DOL-Employment and Training Administration (ETA) planned and facilitated WtW-TANF referral conferences in partnership with their counterparts at HHS-Administration for Children and Families (ACF). These conferences were held to identify specific challenges encountered by State and local WtW and TANF staff with regard to the recruitment, referral, eligibility determination, and service provision functions for WtW eligible individuals and participants. Regions provided conference reports to the DOL-ETA National Office, and the reports were used to develop this guidance. This guidance contains the most frequently identified challenges and the most innovative and feasible strategies for the improvement of program operations described in the conference reports. Additionally, this guidance addresses changes and issues that arose as a result of the 1999 Amendments, which were enacted on November 29, 1999.

This guidance was developed jointly by the Department of Labor-ETA and HHS-ACF, and is being issued simultaneously to the WtW, TANF, child support, and workforce development systems. The guidance focuses upon two major subject areas: (1) recruitment, referral, and eligibility determination for TANF recipients in WtW programs; and (2) recruitment, enrollment, and confidentiality issues for noncustodial parents in WtW programs. The "Operational Suggestions" sections in each subject area include functional steps and methods for improving inter-agency program operation and performance. These suggestions come largely from conference reports, with additional input from DOL-ETA and HHS-ACF staff. "Policy Guidance" sections clarify and reinforce existing statutory and regulatory mechanisms, including changes incorporated in the 1999 Amendments, intended to enhance and improve the ability of the three systems to work together efficiently and effectively.

ACTION: Please distribute the joint guidance to all State and local staff involved in the provision of services to WtW participants, welfare recipients, and noncustodial parents.

INQUIRIES: Inquiries from WtW grantees should be addressed to grantees’ Grant Officer Technical Representatives (GOTR), or to the appropriate TANF or CSE Regional Office contacts. Regional Office contacts are located on the Internet at the following locations:

ATTACHMENT: Joint guidance from the Department of Labor-ETA and HHS-ACF on Strategies to Enhance the Recruitment, Referral, Eligibility Determination, and Service Provision Processes Between WtW, TANF, and CSE.

David Gray Ross
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: Hub Directors
Regional Administrators
Regional Program Managers