Bonus award funds to be designated for new employment
and family-centered services.
December 17, 2004
"The Temporary Assistance caseload dropped by nine percent from FY03 to FY04, resulting in $4 million in savings," said Gilbertson. "In recognition of its performance, the TANF program is receiving its third Federal TANF High Performance Bonus Award."
This year's bonus award of more than $3.18 million recognizes improved performance in moving welfare recipients from public assistance to the workforce. It is in addition to performance bonuses received for the two previous years amounting to $6.36 million, for a total of $9.54 million over three years.
"We're getting Alaskans back to work," said Gilbertson. "And once they get back to work, we're giving them the services they need to help them stay there."
In 2004, adults receiving temporary assistance were getting the help needed to help themselves:
Alaska will receive the maximum bonus allowed for ranking highly in the nation in 2003 for the "job entry" category - the percent of people placed in jobs. Alaska also received bonus funds for offering services to families so they can have affordable, quality childcare.
"Our welfare-to-work emphasis continues to reap rewards - which ultimately helps families," said Division of Public Assistance Director Katherine Farnham. "Our staff and partners' hard work with Alaska's families have been an important part of our success with job entry, job retention and child care services." Farnham said that the bonus funding would be used for additional family-centered services and continued integration of services that will assist Alaskans as they move toward greater self-sufficiency, such as:
"To be nationally recognized three years in a row is an amazing achievement, and I applaud everyone in the Division of Public Assistance for their efforts to help Alaskans move from welfare to work," said DHSS Commissioner Joel Gilbertson. "Three consecutive performance bonuses shows consistent, excellent work on behalf of Alaska's families."
The welfare reform legislation
of 1996 authorized funding for annual performance achievement
bonuses within the TANF program, called the High Performance
Bonus. States can choose to compete in any or all of the performance
bonus categories, but must supply data to HHS in order to be
considered for the award.
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