As many of you know, every year DPA launches an EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) campaign to help raise awareness of the benefits of the EITC as well as the Advance EITC. As in the past, we will once again focus our marketing efforts toward informing Public Assistance recipients of tax credit opportunities.
National totals for fiscal year 2002 show recipient caseloads ended the year at 4,995,719 -- decline of 6.2 percent since the end of previous fiscal year and a decline of 59.2 percent since August of 1996, when the TANF law went into effect. Additionally, families receiving TANF benefits declined 3.9 percent to 2,024,691 since the end of the previous fiscal year. Overall, since the TANF legislation was enacted in August of 1996, the number of families receiving TANF assistance has dropped by 54.1 percent, according to statistics from HHS' Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
As noted in Jim Dalman
Full report: TANF Fifth Annual Report to Congress
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Fifth Annual Report to Congress. The report, covering fiscal year 2001, highlights the status of the TANF caseloads, work participation rates, state expenditures, characteristics of TANF recipients, and other state policies.
DHSS Commissioner Names Three Division Directors
The world is a much better place to live for many, many lives because of our first Star's expertise and compassion. A Star of our agency since July 1985, 18 years. This star's aura shines brightly. Described by co-workers as soft-spoken and calm, with a extremely strong intellect, an excellent grasp of our systems and human behavior - this star is someone client's and co-workers have learned they can admire and rely on.
This is to tell you that I will be retiring in February. For those of you who were here last year about this time, this is a repeat as I left the Division then with plans for retirement. However, when Commissioner Livey asked me to step back last spring, first as Special Assistant, then as Director, I was happy to do so. It's been a wonderful experience, both as Director and acting Director. I've been proud to represent such a progressive, professional organization and blessed to work with such wonderful people!
An ancient Chinese proverb says "busy hands are never in want." Since being appointed by Governor Murkowski as Commissioner, I've been trying to figure this proverb out. To be honest, the past seven weeks have been a whirlwind time-both personally and professionally. ( Appointments press release)
We want to remind you of a new Food Stamp Program policy coming soon. Effective April 1, 2003, qualified aliens who have been in the U.S. at least five years are entitled to food stamps, if otherwise eligible.
Happy New Year to all! 2002 was a productive and fulfilling year for DPA. It brought us great positive change with enhancements to the Temporary Assistance Program through law and field-designed process improvements. The EOIP has brought us improved office organization and management, setting the stage for the performance improvements we