Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign

Submitted by Anonymous on February 13, 2003 - 11:33am

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.

HHS Announces Sixth Straight Year of Caseload Declines

Submitted by Clay Butcher on February 13, 2003 - 10:46am

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).

HHS Releases TANF Annual Report to Congress

Submitted by Clay Butcher on February 12, 2003 - 10:01am

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.

Here're our latest DPA Stars!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on February 3, 2003 - 3:21pm

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.

Retirement Announcement

Submitted by Clay Butcher on January 31, 2003 - 1:53pm

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!


Submitted by Clay Butcher on January 30, 2003 - 11:33am

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