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​Contractor Partnership Program

The Contractor Partnership Program (CPP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and its contractors and grantees to increase the employment rate of TANF beneficiaries, lift families out of poverty, and build a thriving, diverse, and inclusive workforce.  

General Information and Participation Requirements

Contractors who hold agreements meeting certain criteria with DHS are required to establish a TANF hiring target that supports TANF beneficiaries in obtaining employment with the contractor, grantee, or their subcontractors. DHS-CPP staff works cooperatively with contractors to meet their hiring goals by assisting with connections to the department's employment and training programs. DHS-CPP staff are also available to provide technical assistance as needed.

    • For contractors with agreements in place prior to October 2019, CPP requirements are included in the contract terms and agreements.
    • Beginning October 2019, the Department's requests for applications (RFA) and requests for proposals (RFP) for an agreement of $5 million or more will require applicants to respond to CPP implementation prompts, including their hiring target and implementation plan for meeting the goal.

The Benefits of CPP Participation

In addition to supporting communities and families through employment opportunities, the program has several additional benefits for employers:

    • Access to a pipeline of workers to fill workforce needs at no cost
    • Connections to the DHS employment and training network for assistance with training, hiring, and workforce retention services
    • Qualifying for federal hiring incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Federal Bonding
DHS Employment Programs Infographic

Steps to Participate in CPP

  1. Review hiring target and implementation plan: For contractors who submitted a response to an RFA or RFP for $5 million or more beginning in October 2019, the hiring target and implementation plan are identified in the applicant's response. The hiring target is established by a formula: 10 percent of the average of the annual number of the applicant's new hires in Pennsylvania over the prior three years. For example: 30 hires in 2018, 35 hires in 2019 and 40 hires in 2020. The average number of hires over those three years is 35. With a goal of 10%, the hiring target should be to hire 3 CPP eligible individuals each year of the contract.

  2. Create and maintain a business folder: Contractors create a business folder in the Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) in order to document participation and receive credit for hiring TANF recipients. The business folder is contract specific and must be updated regularly for accurate contact information. Instructions can be found here: Creating a CWDS login and creating a business folder

  3. Implement the hiring plan as established in the RFA or RFP response. Contractors are expected to follow the implementation plans outlined in their application response (for contractors selected through RFAs or RFPs published in October 2019 or after). This plan may be referenced if there are challenges in reaching the hiring goals. CPP staff is available to assist with connections to employment and training providers and for technical assistance.

  4. Submit quarterly reports: Quarterly reports must be submitted through CWDS in order to receive credit for participation in the program. Even if no participants were hired, reporting is still required. Additional information and instructions for reporting through CWDS can be found below.

  5. Pursue federal tax incentives if desired: Hiring TANF participants may qualify employers to receive the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and incentives through the Federal Bonding program. To learn more about these programs, please visit the PA Department of Labor & Industry's website resources.
                Work Opportunity Tax Credit
                Federal Bonding Program

  6. Maintain contact with DHS for questions and concerns: CPP staff are available for technical assistance and to provide information for connecting contractors to potential TANF job candidates. Contractors should keep in touch with their DHS contract monitor and the CPP staff for questions and concerns. 

Reporting Requirements

Contractors are required to complete and submit quarterly reports in CWDS in order to document the number of TANF recipients hired for that quarter. Entry into CWDS must be completed by the fifteenth day of the following month after the quarter ends. If the 15th falls on a weekend or a state holiday, the CWDS submission is due the following business day. Quarters are based on the DHS' fiscal year and are as follows: 

Quarter Begin Date End Date Reports Due
1- First
July 1 September 30 October 15
2 - Second October 1 December 31 January 15
3 - Third January 1 March 31 April 15
4 - Fourth April 1 June 30 July 15

All Contractors, regardless of their contract start date, must submit the quarterly report via CWDS on the schedule above. If a contract begins in the middle of a quarter, the information reported will be based on activity that occurred from the contract start date through the end of the quarter. If no activity has occurred, a submission of “zero” in CWDS must still occur.

The information submitted via CWDS on this report will be audited for its’ accuracy and the findings will be utilized to determine if the contractor is meeting its hiring requirements as noted in the contract.

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