Welfare Reform: Federal Oversight of State and Local Contracting Can Be Strengthened
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act PRWORA of 1996 dramatically changed the nations cash assistance program for needy families with children. The former program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFDC, was replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF block grant, which provides states with 16.5 billion each year through 2002 to serve this population. As specified in PRWORA, TANFs goals include ending the dependence of needy families on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage preventing and reducing the incidence of nonmarital pregnancies and encouraging two-parent families.
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