Georgia is one of 40 states to be awarded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) bonuses by the federal government for success in employment and subsidized childcare during fiscal year 2002, according to the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Family and Children Services DFCS).
Today’s awards were given for DFCS achievement and improvement in helping adult recipients find jobs and for effective management of childcare subsidies. The rate is calculated by the federal government by matching DFCS files with the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH). Georgia ranked first in the nation in job entries with a 2.89% increase over FFY 2001. The childcare bonus is for performance in payments of childcare subsidies, based on the percentage of eligible children served and the affordability of care for their families.
The welfare reform legislation of 1996 authorized funding for annual performance achievement bonuses as part of the TANF program. States can choose to compete in any or all of the performance bonus categories, but must supply data to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to be considered for the award.
Award amounts for each state depend on the size of the state’s TANF block grant. Under the law, states are limited to receiving bonuses in a given year of no more than five percent of their annual TANF grant. Eleven states and the District of Columbia received their maximum possible bonus. Georgia ranked ninth from the top state in the amount of its award.