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TANF Caseload Reduction Reports

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is required by federal regulation to submit the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Caseload Reduction Report (form ACF-202) in order to secure a caseload reduction credit.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) established mandatory work requirements and minimum annual work participation rate standards for states' TANF programs. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 re-established work requirements. The minimum overall work participation rate is 50 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This means that 50 percent of all families receiving TANF in Pennsylvania must meet work requirements. The minimum work participation rate for two-parent families is 90 percent in FY 2020. This means that 90 percent of two-parent families receiving TANF in Pennsylvania must meet work requirements.

Federal regulations provide for a reduction in the minimum work participation rate standards if the state's average monthly assistance caseload decreased the previous year compared to the average monthly caseload in FY 2005. The participation rate is reduced by the number of percentage points the caseload declined.

For this report to be complete, the DHS must provide an appropriate opportunity for public comment on these estimates and methodologies used to calculate the Caseload Reduction Credit.

The FY 2020 report lists relevant policy changes, excess MOE and the Reduction Credit calculation.

Public comments regarding the report may be submitted by email to Ra-oimcomments@pa.gov. The comment period ends on December 29, 2019.