Congress allowed its authorization for the SLMB Subsidy eligibility category to "sunset" on December 31, 2002. This means that funding for the SLMB Subsidy is exhausted. DMA has been tracking these cases and final payments are being sent to these recipients who have qualified for this category in the past. The SLMB Subsidy category will not be recognized beginning with the benefit month of January 2003.
The AD #2 form, Preliminary Examination for Interim Assistance, has been revised. This form is used as part of the process for establishing eligibility for Interim Assistance. It has been revised to update the SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity) amount from $780 per month to $800 per month as part of the annual cost of living adjustments for 2003.
Another year, another inspiring holiday gesture from the staff of the Mat-Su office.
The office played Santa for a single mother with cancer. This mother has five children. Bob Morgan, the Santa delivery elf, said the children were dancing with joy as they helped haul in the colorfully wrapped packages. It was a Christmas from the heart.
This is a reminder to continue to use the federal minimum wage when calculating the number of hours that Temporary Assistance clients can be assigned to unpaid work such as Community Work Experience (CWE) and job sampling. While the Alaska minimum wage will increase to $7.15 an hour effective January 1, 2003, despite attempts by some members of Congress to pass legislation increasing the federal minimum wage, it remains $5.15 per hour.
December has whizzed by
The DPAWeb has a new, updated look. Redesigned especially for you, the new DPAWeb is another part of our Division's ongoing efforts to use the internet to improve communication, create tools for better business processes, and support employee development.
Joel Gilbertson has been appointed the new Commissioner of Health & Social Services
Born in Fairfax, VA, Joel Gilbertson has worked in a variety of positions related to health care and welfare systems, focusing on the efficient delivery of services and expanding access to underserved communities.
We welcome your comments and suggestions on the new DPAweb and how we can improve it to work best for DPA staff. E-mail Clay Butcher with your comments.
The goal of the website is to provide a portal for DPA staff to reach the resources that they use on a regular basis, and to have an automated news function to simplify the distribution of news to DPA employees.
We have created a simple overview of the new DPAweb to get you started. Click this link to view it: How to use DPAweb.
Here's some information on the transition from the Knowles
administration to that of Governor Murkowski. As you all know, Governor Murkowski and Lt. Governor Leman were sworn in to office on Monday noon. Here's some information about what's happening so far in our Department:
What a month this has been with elections, planning for change of administration rolling along on EOIP implementation, Ticket-to-Work, ice storms, Juneau fog, earthquakes and too much turkey (for some of us). Here are few of this month