Fact Sheet New TANF Employment Outcomes Rules: What States Should Know
The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 and Its Impact on States
Heather Hahn
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The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 introduces changes that require states to report employment and education outcomes in their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. Attention to outcomes is a welcome change for many TANF administrators, but caution should be taken when comparing the required outcomes across states because they may lead to misleading results or unintended consequences.

This fact sheet is a resource for states, federal staff, and agency leaders implementing the new law. Drawing insights from a 2018 report called Measuring Employment Outcomes in TANF, this fact sheet helps explain the challenges and opportunities of measuring and interpreting employment outcomes.

Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Assistance for women and children From Safety Net to Solid Ground Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
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