Tribal Programs Policy, Laws and Guidance

Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund

For information on the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) Non-Recurrent Short Term (NRST) Benefits, please see the Office of Family Assistance PEAF webpage.  This page has links to the PEAF specific Program Instructions, as well as a Questions and Answers page.

Tribal TANF

The Tribal TANF program is governed by its authorizing statute, regulations, and policy guidance.  These are all available on this page.  Additionally, here you will find policy clarifications in the form of questions and answers (Q&As), reporting instructions for Tribal TANF programs, and other resources useful to Tribal TANF grantees in managing their programs.


  • TANF-ACF-PI-2022-01: Form ACF-196T Tribal TANF Financial Report Form
  • TANF-ACF-PI-2020-02: (Questions and answers about Tribal TANF and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic)
  • TANF-ACF-PI-2018-02: (revises and supersedes TANF-ACF-PI 2005-03), Requirements for Tribes and States Concerning TANF Service Areas and Populations for Tribal TANF Programs
  • TANF-ACF-PI-2017-03: Form ACF-196T Tribal TANF Financial Report Form
  • TANF-ACF-PI-2017-01: Guidance on How State Family Assistance Grant (SFAG) and Tribal Family Assistance Grant (TFAG) Amounts for Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 and 2018 Are Affected by the .33% Reduction in TANF Funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017
  • TANF-ACF-PI-2008-03: Guidance for the Resolution of State and Tribal Disagreements Over the State-Submitted Caseload and Expenditure Data Used to Establish the Amount of a Tribal Family Assistance Grant (TFAG)
  • TANF-ACF-PA-2000-04: Guidance concerning State Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) funds paid to a Tribe with an Approved Tribal Family Assistance Plan


Questions and Answers



  • NEW-ACF-PI-2018-01 (revises and supersedes NEW-ACF-PI 2011-01): Program, financial, and audit reporting requirements for NEW grantees, including requirements to electronically file both the Federal Financial Report (Standard Form 425) and the Native Employment Works Program Report.
  • NEW-ACF-PI-2004-02: Effect on Native Employment Works (NEW) grantees of statutory amendment permitting carryover of unobligated balances with no fiscal year limitation.


Public Law 102-477 Program


Programs that include their Tribal TANF or NEW programs in a Pub. L. 102-477 program should contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Workforce Development at (202) 219-3938 for guidance.


Policy and Guidance

TTCW Funding Opportunity Announcement (includes policy guidance for the program for years 2020-2025)



The Tribal TANF program is governed by the following statute and regulations


Key resources for managing the Tribal TANF grant include:

Current as of: