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H.R. 2952 (114th): Improving Employment Outcomes of TANF Recipients Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2016 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 500

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2952

[Report No. 114–648]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 7, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

June 28, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 7, 2015


A BILL

To provide payments to States for increasing the employment, job retention, and earnings of former TANF recipients.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Employment Outcomes of TANF Recipients Act.

2.

Improving economic mobility of TANF recipients

Section 403(a)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(4)) is amended to read as follows:

(4)

Improving economic mobility of TANF recipients

(A)

Measuring state performance

(i)

In general

Each State, in consultation with the Secretary, shall collect and report information necessary to measure the level of performance of the State for each indicator described in clause (ii), for fiscal year 2018 and each fiscal year thereafter, and the Secretary shall use the information collected for fiscal year 2018 to establish the baseline level of performance of each State for each such indicator.

(ii)

Indicators

The indicators described in this clause, for a fiscal year, are the following:

(I)

The employment percentage for the fiscal year, which is equal to—

(aa)

the number of families receiving assistance under the State program funded under this part or any other State program funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 409(a)(7)(B)(ii)) who, during a quarter in the fiscal year, exited from the program, and who, during the 2nd quarter after the exit, include an adult in unsubsidized employment; divided by

(bb)

the number of families who received assistance from the program in the exit quarter referred to in subclause (aa).

(II)

The retention percentage for the fiscal year, which is equal to—

(aa)

the number of families receiving assistance from the State program funded under this part or any other State program funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 409(a)(7)(B)(ii)) who, during a quarter in the fiscal year, exited from the program, and who, during the 4th quarter after the exit, include an adult in unsubsidized employment; divided by

(bb)

the number of families who received assistance under the program in the exit quarter referred to in subclause (aa).

(III)

The advancement measure for the fiscal year, which is equal to the median earnings of the adults receiving assistance under the State program funded under this part or any other State program funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 409(a)(7)(B)(ii)) who, during a quarter in the fiscal year, exited from the program, and who during the 2nd quarter after the exit, are in unsubsidized employment.

(iii)

Agreement on requisite performance level for each indicator

(I)

Fiscal years 2019 and 2020

The State shall reach agreement with the Secretary on the requisite level of performance for each indicator described in clause (ii), for each of fiscal years 2019 and 2020. In establishing the requisite levels of performance, the State and the Secretary shall—

(aa)

take into account how the levels involved compare with the levels established for other States;

(bb)

ensure the levels involved are adjusted, using the objective statistical model referred to in clause (v), based on—

(AA)

the differences among States in actual economic conditions, including differences in unemployment rates and job losses or gains in particular industries; and

(BB)

the characteristics of participants on entry into the program, including indicators of prior work history, lack of educational or occupational skills attainment, or other factors that may affect employment and earnings; and

(cc)

take into account the extent to which the levels involved promote continuous improvement in performance by each State.

(II)

Fiscal year 2021

The State shall reach agreement with the Secretary, before fiscal year 2021, on the requisite level of performance for each indicator described in clause (ii), for fiscal year 2021, which shall be established in accordance with subclause (I) of this clause.

(iv)

Revisions based on economic conditions and individuals receiving assistance during the fiscal year

The Secretary shall, in accordance with the objective statistical model referred to in clause (v), revise the requisite levels of performance for a fiscal year and a State to reflect the actual economic conditions and characteristics of participants during that fiscal year in the State.

(v)

Statistical adjustment model

The Secretary shall use an objective statistical model to make adjustments to the requisite levels of performance for actual economic conditions and characteristics of participants, and shall consult with the Secretary of Labor to develop a model that is the same as or similar to the model described in section 116(b)(3)(viii) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3141).

(B)

Report on state performance

(i)

In general

Not later than October 1, 2017, the Secretary shall develop a template which each State shall use to report on outcomes achieved under the State program funded under this part or any other State program funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 409(a)(7)(B)(i)).

(ii)

Contents

Each such report shall include—

(I)

the number of individuals who exited the program during the year, and their reasons for doing so, including a separate accounting of the number of work-eligible individuals (as so defined) who exited the program during the year and their reasons for doing so;

(II)

the characteristics of the individuals who exited the program during the year, including information on the length of time the individual received assistance under the program, the educational level of the individual, and the earnings of the individual in the 4 quarters preceding the exit; and

(III)

information specifying the levels of performance achieved on each indicator described in subparagraph (A)(ii).

(iii)

Publication

Not later than September 30 of fiscal year 2020 and of each succeeding fiscal year, the Secretary shall make available electronically to the public each report submitted under this subparagraph during the fiscal year.

(C)

Regulations

The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to provide for the measurement of State performance on the indicators described in this paragraph.

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3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on October 1, 2016.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to increase the employment, job retention, and earnings of former TANF recipients..

June 28, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed