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TANF ACF-812 Report on Engagement

Oklahoma Department of Human Services
TANF Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities
ACF-812
March 2011 Data Summary

Introduction

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) addressed State Agencies administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, (TANF) Program via the TANF-ACF-PI-2011-03 issued on Feb. 14, 2011. Based on Section 411 of the Social Security Act and section 812 of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, funding for the TANF program was authorized and extended through Sept. 30, 2011. Form ACF-812, Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities, requires Oklahoma and other states to report whether each work eligible individual (WEI) in a family is engaged in any activities that are directed toward attaining self-sufficiency. This includes activities classified as countable or non-countable work activity under quarterly TANF Data Collection regulations.

Form ACF-812 requires the reporting of data for two report periods. The first period is March 1 through March 31, 2011, and is due no later than May 31, 2011. The second report period is April 1 though June 30, 2011 and is due no later than Aug 31, 2011.

Oklahoma Reporting Requirement Factors and ACF-812

Oklahoma Department of Human Services submitted its first TANF Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities for the reporting period of March 1 through March 31, 2011.  Two Parent Families are funded with non-SSPMOE funds and therefore work eligibility individuals included in Two Parent Families are not included in the federal participation rate calculation.  Oklahoma submits TANF data for the entire caseload.  For March 2011 a total of 3567 work eligible individuals were included in TANF caseloads.

Analysis

Oklahoma’s March 2011 data is not a statistically valid representation of Oklahoma’s annual caseload.  This data may be inconsistent with data reported by Oklahoma in the Quarterly TANF report.

Most Common Activities Not Counted Towards the Work Participation Rate

Although Oklahoma’s March 2011 data is not representative of the annual caseload, it demonstrates Oklahoma families are engaged in activities which are leading them to self-sufficiency.  One work activity that is inadequately represented in this report is educational activities.  For the purposes of this report 100 percent of individuals participating in an educational activity are reported as participating in a countable work activity.  In the actual federal quarterly report (ACF-199) only thirty percent of Oklahoma’s Work Participation Rate may include individuals in these same educational activities.

Conclusion

The exercise of compiling the data needed for the completion of the ACF-812 has shown the activities of the TANF participants in a new light.  While the information has been beneficial for reasons of non-participation, it has reinforced Oklahoma’s resolve to move families to self-sufficiency by assessing each family’s situation and creating an individualized plan which may include countable or non-countable work activities.  Oklahoma hopes that the results of this report will lead to additional flexibility in rules related to capturing the success of the TANF program.


Data Element Description Results
8 Participating in countable work activities for a sufficient number of hours for the family to count toward the work participation rate. 1,158
9 Unreported hours of participation in countable work activity 0
10 Insufficient hours of participation in countable work activities. 666
11 Participating in a countable activity that did not count because hours are beyond a statutory limit. 137
12 Hours of participation in a countable work activity did not meet federal verification standard. 0
13 Participated in countable work activities that do not qualify as countable activities, but move the family toward self-sufficiency 372
14A Work eligible individual is engaged in a countable work activity. 1,468-No
2,099-Yes
14B Principal reason for non-participation.
01 - Family’s first month on assistance. 24
02 - Individual assigned to a work activity that has not yet begun. 159
04 - Individual relocating from one local jurisdiction within State to another. 8
06 - Family disregarded from participation rate. 561
08 - Individual in process of being sanctioned (including fair hearing process) or is subject to a sanction for refusing to work, not disregarded due to statutory or subject to a non-work sanction limitations. 342
10 - State exempt due to illness or disability of the WEI (including, but not limited to, in process of applying for SSI/SSDI). 60
11 - State Exempt, due to illness or disability of child or other family member. 1
13 - Good Cause Exemption. 313
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