Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Bruce Wagstaff, Director, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Bruce Wagstaff, Director, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

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Name: Bruce Wagstaff

Title: Director, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

Years of Service: 31/2 years as a local director; 31 years at the state level (9 as California's TANF Administrator)

Rewards of the Job: Three of the greatest rewards are:

1. Seeing the results of my work benefit our clients and our community

2. Attending a job club workshop and seeing clients succeed in obtaining a job is truly an inspirational experience

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3. Witnessing the continued career success of my employees

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: Playing a lead role in the design, enactment and implementation of California's CalWORKs Program (California's version of TANF

Thoughts About the State of the TANF Program: We are at a crossroads in determining whether we will truly fulfill the potential and promise of welfare reform:

* Will we stay true to the basic principles that have brought so much success--e.g., state and local flexibility with accountability, and mutual obligation between program administrators and clients? Or will we give in to political pressure in the face of severe economic conditions and alter those principles, with officials in Washington, D. …

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