U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver: TANF

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Date: Nov. 05, 2012

Government Institute

From the Advice Worth Keeping podcast series
Hosted by Stan Lepeak, global research director
KPMG LLP Management Consulting


In the summer of 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families issued new guidance to states on the availability of waivers under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This marks the first time that HHS has invited states to submit waiver proposals for TANF pilot projects.

David Hansell, global head of KPMG's Human and Social Services Center of Excellence, outlines the significant opportunity this presents for states looking to innovate in their welfare-to-work programs.

Listeners will gain an understanding of:

  • How TANF evolved from decades of previous welfare reform efforts that have transitioned from income support to include job training, educational support and job placement services
  • How waivers to states for TANF follow a similar template of previous HHS waiver mechanisms
  • The primary goal behind issuing the TANF waiver guidance
  • The very specific framework and controls that HHS has developed to hold states accountable to their initiatives.


Duration: approximately 12 minutes
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This podcast is based on the KPMG Government Institute brief New HHS Guidance on TANF Waivers and Issues for States to Consider.

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