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H.R. 5854 (115th): Improving Transparency in TANF through Data Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 16, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5854

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 16, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Norman, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, and Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend title IV–A of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Transparency in TANF through Data Act.

2.

Aligning and improving data reporting

(a)

Require states To report full-Population data

Section 411(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 611(a)(1)) is amended—

(1)

by striking subparagraph (B);

(2)

by striking (1) General reporting requirement.—; and

(3)

by—

(A)

redesignating—

(i)

subparagraph (A) as paragraph (1);

(ii)

clauses (i) through (xvii) of subparagraph (A) as subparagraphs (A) through (Q), respectively;

(iii)

subclauses (I) through (V) of clause (ii) as clauses (i) through (v), respectively;

(iv)

subclauses (I) through (VII) of clause (xi) as clauses (i) through (vii), respectively; and

(v)

subclauses (I) through (V) of clause (xvi) as clauses (i) through (v), respectively; and

(B)

moving each such redesignated provision 2 ems to the left.

(b)

Reporting of participation in work or work preparation activities

Section 411(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 611(a)(1)), as amended by subsection (a) of this section, is amended by striking subparagraphs (K) and (L) and inserting the following:

(K)

The work eligibility status of each individual in the family, and—

(i)

in the case of each work-eligible individual in the family—

(I)

the number of hours (including zero hours) per month of participation in—

(aa)

work activities (as defined in section 407(d)); and

(bb)

any other activity required by the State to remove a barrier to employment.; and

(ii)

in the case of each individual in the family who is not a work-eligible individual, the reason for that status.

(L)

For each work-eligible individual and each adult in the family who did not participate in work activities (as so defined) during a month, the reason for the lack of participation.

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(c)

Reporting To determine information on employment and earnings outcomes

Section 411(c) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 611(c)) is amended to read as follows:

(c)

Reporting To determine information on employment and earnings outcomes

The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall determine the information that is necessary to compute the employment and earnings outcomes and the statistical adjustment model for the employment and earnings outcomes required under section 407, and each eligible State shall collect and report that information to the Secretary.

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3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on October 1, 2018.