Comments to HHS on Charitable Choice Provisions Applicable to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

Publication Date: February 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Mark Greenberg; Jennifer Mezey

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


These comments, submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance on February 18, 2003, address the charitable choice provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.

The comments focus on whether aspects of the proposed regulations are consistent with Congressional requirements and direction and conclude that HHS does not have authority to adopt regulations to implement the charitable choice provisions and that those provisions only apply to TANF-funded programs, rather than programs solely funded with state or local dollars.