Alternate Workweek Agreements

Submitted by Clay Butcher on May 27, 2003 - 3:35pm

The Department of Health and Social Services is terminating all current Alternate Workweek agreements and requiring new agreements if employees wish to continue working an alternate workweek. This is the official notification all employees currently on an alternate workweek agreement that their agreement will end on June 29, 2003.

Direct Deposit -- The Smart Way To Get Paid

Submitted by Clay Butcher on May 27, 2003 - 3:17pm

Direct Deposit is a great way for the State of Alaska to deliver cash payments, and a smart choice for Alaska payees receiving ATAP or APA benefits. Simply stated, Direct Deposit is less expensive to use than a Quest card, and more secure and efficient than checks. Please try to advise your current and future APA and ATAP clients of the availability of direct deposit to their personal bank account.

Seasonal Benefit Reduction

Submitted by Anonymous on May 16, 2003 - 3:17pm

From the Policy and Program Development Team

Summer is here and that means more employment opportunities for Alaska Temporary Assistance recipients. It also means that the July, August, and September benefits for most two-parent families will be reduced by 50 percent.

Informing Families

We are mailing two letters informing two-parent families of the upcoming seasonal benefit reduction: a letter from Director Anthony Lombardo on May 20th and EIS notice X067 on May 30th. Both letters encourage families to contact their case manager for additional help in finding work. These letters also market the array of services we have available to help support employment opportunities. Copies of the letters being mailed are attached.

Message from the Director: Management Reorganization

Submitted by Clay Butcher on May 9, 2003 - 9:53am

Greetings to all DPA staff.

I am happy to note that we have made real progress on the integration of childcare services, formerly with the Department of Education and Early Development, into DPA. The need to organize this large working unit, with it's policy staff,contracts administrators, budget staff and licensing personnel into our structure was a big task.

To do a good job, we found that this task required re-evaluation of the existing DPA organizational structure. Your managers drew draft plans for efficient reorganization which were worked into the new organizational chart. In the process, we created some additional working units that did not exist previously. We expect that these units will be staffed with our current staff.

Foreign Language Brochures Available

Submitted by Clay Butcher on May 9, 2003 - 8:52am

The Food and Nutritional Services office (FNS - Food Stamps) has several foreign language brochures available on their web-site that cover topics such as "Questions and Answers about Getting and Using Food Stamps", "Immigrant Eligibility Questions and Answers" and a "Fact Sheet on Eligibility" just to name a few. Obviously not all languages are represented however some of these may prove helpful for you as you work with Food Stamp clients that do not speak English as their primary language. Additionally, brochures with income and allotment information will not reflect Alaska standards. You can find these brochures at:

More States Cut Aid for Child Care

Submitted by Clay Butcher on May 5, 2003 - 10:43am

Nearly half the states have reduced child-care subsidies for poor families during the past two years, according to a federal study to be released today, which shows that states' fiscal problems have prompted state agencies to restrict eligibility, stop accepting new families or charge them more for the care.