WSR 97-14-045

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

[Filed June 27, 1997, 3:50 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New rules to consolidate temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) assistance units by including nonsibling children in the same assistance unit when living with a single caretaker relative.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.055.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: It would equalize the treatment of households with sibling-only children with that of combined (both sibling and nonsibling children) households and generate significant program savings.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Interested parties are invited to contact the Department of Social and Health Services staff representative below to participate in developing these rules. The Department of Social and Health Services will distribute proposed rules for review and comment. All comments will be taken into consideration before final rules are adopted.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kevin Sullivan, Program Manager, WorkFirst Program Support Section, WorkFirst Division, P.O. Box 45480, Olympia, WA 98504-5480, phone (360) 413-3093, FAX (360) 413-3495, e-mail sullikm@dshs.wa.gov, TTY (360) 413-3001.

June 27, 1997

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office