TANF and MOE Spending and Transfers by Activity, FY 2016 (Contains National & State Pie Charts)

Publication Date: February 1, 2018

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has posted the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial data tables, along with an interactive map and national and state pie charts. This year’s financial data reflects second year of new expenditure categories and changes to the accounting method, offering more insight into how states actually spend their funds.

  • In FY 2016, combined federal TANF and state maintenance-of-effort (MOE) expenditures and transfers totaled $30.9 billion. Across the United States in FY 2016:
    • 23.9 percent of TANF and MOE funds was used for basic assistance,
    • 9.2 percent was used for work, education, and training activities; and
    • 16.6 percent was used for child care (including funds transferred to the Child Care Development Fund).
  • 25 states used less than half of their TANF and MOE funds on the combination of basic assistance; work, education, and training activities; and child care. OFA’s interactive map shows the distribution of this spending by state.
  • From FY 2015 to FY 2016, the amount of funds used for basic assistance and child care decreased (by $555 million and $211 million, respectively) while the amount used for work, education, and training activities increased by $149 million.

View OFA’s national and individual state pie charts for more information on how states used their TANF and MOE funds in FY 2016.


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