WSR 97-02-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[Filed December 31, 1996, 2:34 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Under the state's new temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) cash assistance program, benefits would be denied to a caretaker relative who fails to report within five days the temporary absence of a child for whom the caretaker relative is receiving TANF.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Public Law 104-193, section 103 (a)(1) requires states to deny TANF to caretaker relatives who fail to report the temporary absence of their child within five days from the time it becomes clear to the caretaker relative that the child will be absent. To maintain federal funding for Washington state's TANF program.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study, internal (management) and external (field staff) review process whereby draft material is distributed for review and comment. All comments are taken into consideration before the final rule is issued.

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, AFDC/Refugee Assistance Section, Division of Income Assistance, P.O. Box 45400, Olympia, WA 98504-5400, phone (360) 413-3093, FAX (360) 413-3495.

December 31, 1996

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office