Policy

This page provides links to helpful TANF policy guidance documents, including Program Instructions, Information Memoranda, Policy Announcements, Questions and Answers, and Additional Resources. All TANF guidance documents are available in the Office of Family Assistance resource library. The links at the end of each section below allow you to filter the resource library by type of guidance document.

Program Instructions (PI)

TANF-ACF-PI-2021-01 (Renewed form ACF-196TR, the Territorial TANF & AABD Financial Report)

February 17, 2021

To transmit the renewed form ACF-196TR and instructions for completing it.

Read TANF-ACF-PI-2021-01 (Renewed form ACF-196TR, the Territorial TANF & AABD Financial Report)

TANF-ACF-PI-2020-05 (Renewed Form ACF-202, Caseload Reduction Report)

November 30, 2020

Renewed Form ACF-202, Caseload Reduction Report.

Read TANF-ACF-PI-2020-05 (Renewed Form ACF-202, Caseload Reduction Report)

TANF-ACF-PI-2020-04 (Form ACF-199, TANF Data Report, and Form ACF-209, SSP-MOE Data Report, Approved by the Office of Management and Budget through 11/30/2023 (OMB Control Number 0970-0338))

November 19, 2020

The purpose of this program instruction is to provide State agencies with the TANF Data Report (TDR) form and related instructions and the SSP-MOE Data Report (SDR) form and related instructions that are effective for fiscal year 2021 and thereafter.

Read TANF-ACF-PI-2020-04 (Form ACF-199, TANF Data Report, and Form ACF-209, SSP-MOE Data Report, Approved by the Office of Management and Budget through 11/30/2023 (OMB Control Number 0970-0338))

Information Memorandums (IM)

TANF-ACF-IM-2020-01 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2019)

August 21, 2020

Work Participation Rates for FY 2019

Read TANF-ACF-IM-2020-01 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2019)

TANF-ACF-IM-2019-01 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2018)

June 21, 2019

Work Participation Rates for FY 2018

Read TANF-ACF-IM-2019-01 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2018)

TANF-ACF-IM-2018-02 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2017)

July 12, 2018

State agencies administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and other interested parties

Read TANF-ACF-IM-2018-02 (State Work Participation Rates for FY 2017)

POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS (PA)

TANF-ACF-PA-2009-01 (The Emergency Fund for TANF Programs)

April 3, 2009

This Policy Announcement provides initial guidance regarding the newly established Emergency Fund.

Read TANF-ACF-PA-2009-01 (The Emergency Fund for TANF Programs)

TANF-ACF-PA-2005-01 (Eligibility of Native Americans born in Canada or Mexico for Federal TANF and State Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) benefits)

November 15, 2005

This Policy Announcement provides guidance on determining whether a non-citizen Native American born in Canada or Mexico is eligible for a Federal public benefit funded with Federal TANF funds or a State or local public benefit funded with State or local monies that have not been commingled with Federal TANF funds and may be claimed toward a State’s maintenance-of-effort requirement.

Read TANF-ACF-PA-2005-01 (Eligibility of Native Americans born in Canada or Mexico for Federal TANF and State Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) benefits)

TANF-ACF-PA-2004-01 (Clarification that third party cash or in-kind may count toward a State’s or Territory’s TANF maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement)

December 1, 2004

This Policy Announcement clarifies that third party cash or in-kind may count toward a State’s or Territory’s TANF maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement.

Read TANF-ACF-PA-2004-01 (Clarification that third party cash or in-kind may count toward a State’s or Territory’s TANF maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement)

Q&As

Q & A: Counting and Verifying Hours of Work Participation

December 13, 2016

Questions and Answers:  Counting and Verifying Hours of Work Participation

Read Q & A: Counting and Verifying Hours of Work Participation

Q & A: TANF and WIOA

April 28, 2016

TANF Questions and Answers Related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined and Unified plans

Read Q & A: TANF and WIOA

Q & A: Summer Food Service Program

May 15, 2014

Questions and Answers: Summer Food Service Program

Read Q & A: Summer Food Service Program

Additional Resources

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