OFA Releases FY 2019 TANF and MOE Financial Data

October 22, 2020

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has posted the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial data tables, along with an interactive map and national (PDF) and state pie charts (PDF).

  • In FY 2019, combined federal TANF and state maintenance-of-effort (MOE) expenditures and transfers totaled $30.9 billion. Across the United States in FY 2019:
    • 21.1 percent of TANF and MOE funds was used for basic assistance,
    • 10.5 percent was used for work, education, and training activities; and
    • 16.3 percent was used for child care (including funds transferred to the Child Care Development Fund).
  • 31 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. 41 states and the District of Columbia spent less than 15 percent of their TANF and MOE funds on work, education, and training activities.
  • From FY 2018 to FY 2019, the amount of funds used for basic assistance decreased by $200 million, child care decreased by $282 million, and work, education, and training activities decreased by $109 million.
  • At the end of FY 2019, 40 states and DC had a cumulative unobligated balance of $4.5 billion.  For 22 states, the unobligated balances represented more than half of their annual state family assistance grant.

View OFA’s national (PDF) and individual state pie charts (PDF) for more information on how states used their TANF and MOE funds in FY 2019.