Welfare: Expert Panel's Insights on Major Reform Proposals.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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The Congress is considering legislation to reform the welfare system, including placing greater emphasis on work incentive programs for recipients of the Aid to Families With Dependent Children AFDC program. A stated goal of the reform legislation is to help AFDC recipients achieve economic independence. Concerned about the administrative feasibility of welfare proposals, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs asked us to convene two panels of welfare experts, one each at the national and local levels, to give the Committee insights on four aspects of the major reform proposals Providing case management, including automated systems Using contracts between welfare agencies and recipients Coordinating services for both mandatory and voluntary recipients and Developing target populations of recipients. The National Academy of Public Administration NAPA panel consisted of state and local managers and welfare administrators and evaluators. The Federation for Community Planning convened the local panel in Cleveland on August 13, 1987. The Federation panel consisted of localstate administrators, client groups, service providers, and academicians.
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