WSR 07-24-034

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed November 30, 2007, 7:55 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-21-055.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is amending WAC 388-310-0400 WorkFirst -- Entering the WorkFirst program as a mandatory participant, 388-310-0500 WorkFirst -- Individual responsibility plan, 388-310-0600 WorkFirst -- Job search, 388-310-0900 WorkFirst -- Basic education, 388-310-1000 WorkFirst -- Vocational education, 388-310-1050 WorkFirst -- Job skills enhancement, 388-310-1100 WorkFirst -- Work experience, 388-310-1400 WorkFirst -- Community service, 388-310-1500 WorkFirst -- Employment conditions, and 388-310-1700 WorkFirst -- Self-employment.

Hearing Location(s): Office Building 2 - Auditorium, DSHS Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504 (public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/RPAU-OB-2directions.html or by calling (360) 664-6094), on January 22, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than January 23, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail DSHSRULESCOORDINATOR@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by January 15, 2007 [2008], TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at johnsjl4@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is amending these rules to comply with federal law changes under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), Public Law 109-171.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The changes are necessary to comply with the state of Washington's TANF verification plan approved by Health and Human Services on September 14, 2007.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, and 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, and 74.08.0900 [74.08.090].

Rule is necessary because of federal law, Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), Public Law 109-171.

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Aurea Figueroa, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-4623.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These proposed rules do not have an economic impact on small businesses. The proposed amendments only affect DSHS clients by defining what are WorkFirst activities and how they are verified.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to...rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents." These rules affect only client's activities in WorkFirst and how the activity is verified.

November 21, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 08-01 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office