The Office of Family Assistance posted the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 12th Report to Congress. This report provides data for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015 and presents information regarding TANF expenditures and caseloads, work participation and earnings, the characteristics and financial circumstances of TANF recipients, TANF performance measures, interactions between TANF and child support, as well as specific provisions of state TANF programs.
In 1996, Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This $16.5 billion a year block grant was enacted under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and other related welfare programs. Fostering self-sufficiency through work was a major goal of the 1996 reform, which required States and Territories to meet minimum levels of participation in work or work-related activities.