Summary: H.R.3172 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part I (11/05/1999)

Welfare-to-Work Amendments of 1999 - Amends part A (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) (TANF) of title IV of the Social Security Act with regard to Welfare-to-Work grants to States. Changes from mandatory to discretionary the authority of a project grantee to expend its funds for the benefit of TANF recipients. Repeals current allocation percentage requirements, as well as the current requirement that a recipient meet two of the following criteria: (1) be a school dropout or have no general equivalency degree, and have low reading or math skills; (2) require substance abuse treatment for employment; or (3) have a poor work history. (Retains the current requirement that a recipient must either have received Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) or TANF for 30 months or be within 12 months of losing eligibility because of a time limit.)

Prescribes criteria for the provision of project funds to assist certain noncustodial parents to participate in employment or related activities that will enable them to make regular child support payments. Prescribes requirements for such recipients, including an oral or written personal responsibility contract containing certain conditions.

Authorizes Welfare-to-Work projects to assist: (1) children between ages 18 and 25 who have received foster care maintenance payments; (2) State TANF recipients with significant barriers to self-sufficiency (as determined according to criteria of the local private industry council); and (3) custodial parents with incomes below 100 percent of the poverty line.

Makes vocational educational or job training for up to six months an allowable activity.

Permits certain grantees which are not private industry councils or workforce investment boards to provide Welfare-to-Work employment services directly.

Repeals the requirement for quarterly State data reports on the Welfare-to-Work program.

Reduces the set-aside under provisions for grants for successful performance bonuses.

Reduces appropriations for FY 1999.