The proposed Spending Reduction Act of 2011 is intended to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion over ten years. The impact of discretionary funding at the state level may cause reduced services or benefits to clients, or programs closed completely. There are several key points of the legislation that will drasctically impact state budgets that continue to struggle as a result of the economic crisis. First of all, the bill proposes to replace the spending levels currently in the existing FY 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) with spending reduced to the FY 2008 levels. [More]
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary is requesting public comments regarding "A Strategic Plan for Federal Youth Policy." An interagency working group of 12 federal agencies that provide programs and services to youth on some level has focused on three overarching outcomes for youth: 1) basic needs: health, safety and wellness; 2) school, family, and community engagement and connections; and 3) education, training, employment, transitions, and readiness for careers and adulthood. The Working Group is focusing on youth up to age 24. [More]
On January 7, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued (ACYF-CB-PI-11-01), providing states and Indian Tribes with direction on requirements for integrating policy changes with the Title IV-E program into Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems (SACWIS) systems. [More]
Congress must reauthorize Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by September 30, 2011. Reauthorization offers a fresh opportunity for advocates to press Congress for measures to make. The TANF block grant program was scheduled for reauthorization in 2010. However, Congress did not work on legislation to reauthorize the program. [More]
On December 21, 2010, the Census Bureau released the first results of the 2010 census, which reflects the state resident population totals for April 2010. Nationally, the population grew 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010, which is actually the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression.