WSR 97-02-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[Filed December 31, 1996, 2:35 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 persons convicted of misrepresenting their residence in order to obtain assistance in two or more states.

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 any person found to have fraudulently misrepresented residence in order to obtain assistance in two or more states. 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 Virginia Paynter, Program Manager, AFDC/Refugee Assistance Section, Division of Income Assistance, P.O. Box 45400, Olympia, WA 98504-5400, phone (360) 413-3098, 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