Magazine article Public Management

Welfare Reform on the Internet

Magazine article Public Management

Welfare Reform on the Internet

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With the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the roles and responsibilities of local and state governments regarding welfare have taken on a new dimension. The increased responsibility makes it essential for local governments to understand the issues that are involved with the new welfare reform law.

In an effort to facilitate a better understanding of the law, ICMA has assembled a list of Internet Web sites that focus on welfare reform. These resources provide information on such issues as how to make work pay more than welfare; why it is important to monitor the effects of the new welfare law; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Medicaid; food stamps; and immigration. The Web sites also provide information on individual state legislation and programs, with links to other welfare sites that local governments might find useful.

American Public Welfare Association (APWA): APWA's home page provides links to a number of welfare related sites that provide an analysis of the newly enacted welfare reform law and a welfare reform timeline, a special area where users can "chat" with state and local staff about welfare reform implementation, and updated information on state welfare reform progress. Address: http://www.apwa.org/.

Children's Defense Fund: "The New Welfare Law" maintains links to Web sites that provide information on implementing the new welfare law; a summary of the new law; information on how to monitor effects of the law and why it is important; key statutory effective dates; and selected features of state welfare plans. Address: http://www.tmn.com/cdf/welfaremenu.html.

National Association of Counties: The National Internet Clearing House (NICH) site provides information on regulations, court cases, legislation, media coverage, news stories, and federal and state programs associated with welfare reform. …

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