TANF-ACF-PI-2004-01 (FY 2004 TANF High Performance Bonus (HPB) Work Measure Reporting Requirements)

Publication Date: January 28, 2004


State Agencies Administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and Other Interested Parties


FY 2004 TANF High Performance Bonus (HPB) Work Measure Reporting Requirements


TANF-ACF-PI-04 and TANF-PI-2002-01


The purpose of this program Instruction is to provide State agencies with (a) reporting requirements for the work measures and (b) the quarterly submission dates for transmitting monthly files of adult TANF recipients necessary to compute HPB scores.


Section 403(a)(4) of the Social Security Act made $1 billion available over a five-year period to reward bonuses to high performing States in meeting the purposes of the TANF Program.  This period ended September 30, 2003.  Current operation of the TANF program is based on a continuing funding resolution (scheduled to expire March 31, 2004) passed by the Congress.


In anticipation of a re-authorization (which includes an employment achievement bonus) and in recognition of the current funding status of the TANF program, we are requiring States that choose to compete for bonuses based on performance in FY 2003 (bonus year FY 2004) on the work measures to collect and transmit quarterly data electronically.  States that have separate TANF-MOE programs are also required to transmit similar files on this program.  No other data or files are to be transmitted.

Effective Date:


Submission Dates:

Submittal Dates

Quarters 1 and 2
(Oct. – Dec.) and (Jan. – Mar.) - March 1, 2004

Quarters 3 and 4 
(Apr. – June) and (July – Sept.) - April 1, 2004

Submittal specifications remain the same. Reporting requirements and the layouts for transmitting the required data are described in TANF-ACF-PI-2002-1, dated February 7, 2002.  In order to meet the requirements of the 11974 Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. §552a), States must transmit these files using either "Connect Direct" or "File Transfer Protocol" (FTP).  States that use FTP can download a software computer program that will encrypt the SSN’s of the recipients.


Inquiries should be directed to the appropriate ACF Regional Administrator.


Andrew S. Bush,Director 
Office of Family Assistance

Current as of: