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  • Individual Author: Ovwigho, Pamela C.; Born, Catherine E.; Ferrero, Ann; Palazzo, Correne
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2004

    The truth is that neither the nation nor individual states possess data descriptive of today’s active TANF caseload that is adequate to the critical task at hand: making program and policy decisions for the next few years that are consistent with and responsive to the circumstances and needs of today’s cash assistance clients. Absent this type of data, state and federal policy-makers will be hard-pressed to make the correct choices. Moreover, the consequences of poor decisions could be severe given the recent economic downturn, the up-ticks in welfare caseloads that have been observed in many states, and time limits on receipt of federally-funded cash assistance.

    In response to a solicitation issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five states and the District of Columbia received financial support to examine and report on the characteristics and circumstances of their current cash assistance caseloads. Within this framework, the goal of our project is to answer two questions that are...

    The truth is that neither the nation nor individual states possess data descriptive of today’s active TANF caseload that is adequate to the critical task at hand: making program and policy decisions for the next few years that are consistent with and responsive to the circumstances and needs of today’s cash assistance clients. Absent this type of data, state and federal policy-makers will be hard-pressed to make the correct choices. Moreover, the consequences of poor decisions could be severe given the recent economic downturn, the up-ticks in welfare caseloads that have been observed in many states, and time limits on receipt of federally-funded cash assistance.

    In response to a solicitation issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five states and the District of Columbia received financial support to examine and report on the characteristics and circumstances of their current cash assistance caseloads. Within this framework, the goal of our project is to answer two questions that are of inestimable importance to policymakers and program managers:

    • What is the profile of the current Maryland TANF caseload?
    • How does this profile vary across jurisdictions?

    We hope to contribute to the development of a body of knowledge about welfare users that is comparable to that which currently exists about welfare leavers and generate information that is useful in policy-making and program management in Maryland. (author abstract)