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Davis Statement on GAO Report Calling for Improved Coordination Among Welfare Programs

October 20, 2011

Washington, DC – Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Geoff Davis (R-KY) issued the following statement today after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled, “TANF and Child Welfare Programs: Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services.”  The report details the nexus between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), foster care, and kinship guardianship programs.  The report also explains how information sharing between these programs is a challenge.
In commenting on the report, Chairman Davis said:  “The difficulty in sharing information in social service programs continues to hamper efforts to effectively serve people in need.  This GAO report on coordination between TANF and child welfare shows that there are both real and perceived obstacles to sharing data.  It recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provide additional help to States to fix these problems.  I am encouraged that HHS has agreed with the GAO recommendation.  I look forward to hearing more from HHS and the States about what we can do to eliminate any federal barriers to better coordination and ultimately achieve better services for children and families and savings for taxpayers.”

The GAO report can be found by clicking here.