SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: The earlier effective date is needed because of an imminent peril to the public health, safety or welfare: Clients are currently at risk of losing benefits or having overpayments created (receiving too many benefits) that would have to be paid back to the state.
Purpose: This amendment to WAC 388-450-0050 How are your cash and Basic Food benefits determined when you are participating in the community jobs (CJ) program?, will simplify the language to define what subsidized and unsubsidized income is for community jobs and how each affects Basic Food and TANF/SFA benefits. This distinction simplifies how the field budgets the income from community jobs.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-0050.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.08A.340.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-11-084 on May 18, 2004.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 29, 2004.
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit3398.1
Classic jobs)) Subsidized, where your wages are
(( subsidized by)) paid from TANF or SFA funds; and
Career jump)) Unsubsidized, where your wages are
paid entirely by your employer (( beginning with the fifth
month of your employment)).
(2) We figure your total monthly subsidized or
unsubsidized income ((
you get from your classic jobs or career
jump job)) by:
(a) Estimating the number of hours you, your case manager, and the CJ contractor expect you to work for the month; and
(b) Multiplying the number of hours by the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.
(3) Because you are expected to participate and meet the requirements of CJ, once we determine what your total monthly income is expected to be, we do not change your TANF grant if your actual hours are more or less than anticipated.
(4) We treat the total income we expect you to get each month from your CJ position as:
(a) Earned income for cash assistance, except we do not
count any of the CJ income ((
you get in)) for the first month
(( of your employment)) you receive your paycheck.
(b) Earned income for Basic Food ((
if you are a career
jump participant that has)) after you have been transferred to
your employer's regular unsubsidized payroll (( and your wages
are no longer being subsidized)); or
(c) Unearned income for Basic Food while you ((
have subsidized (( employment)) income.
(5) If your anticipated ((
classic jobs)) subsidized
income is more than your grant amount, your cash grant is
suspended. This means that you are still considered (( to be))
a TANF/SFA recipient, but you do not get a grant.
The)) Your grant (( suspension)) can be suspended up
to a maximum of nine months.
(b) You can keep participating in CJ even though your
grant is suspended, as long as you would be eligible for a
grant if we did not count your ((
classic jobs)) subsidized
income(( , you can keep participating in CJ even though your
grant is suspended)).
(c) The months your grant is suspended do not count toward your sixty-month lifetime limit.
(6) If your unsubsidized income ((
from career jump)),
after we subtract half of what you have earned is greater than
your grant, your TANF/SFA case will close. This happens
because your income is over the maximum you are allowed. You
will still be able to participate in the CJ program for up to
a total of nine months.
(7) If your income from other sources alone, not counting CJ income makes you ineligible for a cash grant, we terminate your grant and end your participation in CJ.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 03-06-095, § 388-450-0050, filed 3/4/03, effective 5/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.04.510. 01-23-044, § 388-450-0050, filed 11/15/01, effective 1/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 99-09-054, § 388-450-0050, filed 4/19/99, effective 6/1/99; 98-16-044, § 388-450-0050, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]