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§ 611.
Data collection and reporting
(a)
Quarterly reports by States
(1)
General reporting requirement
(A)
Contents of report
Each eligible State shall collect on a monthly basis, and report to the Secretary on a quarterly basis, the following disaggregated case record information on the families receiving assistance under the State program funded under this part (except for information relating to activities carried out under section 603(a)(5) of this title) or any other State program funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 609(a)(7)(B)(i) of this title):
(i)
The county of residence of the family.
(ii)
Whether a child receiving such assistance or an adult in the family is receiving—
(I)
Federal disability insurance benefits;
(II)
benefits based on Federal disability status;
(III)
aid under a State plan approved under subchapter XIV (as in effect without regard to the amendment made by section 301 of the Social Security Amendments of 1972);
(IV)
aid or assistance under a State plan approved under subchapter XVI (as in effect without regard to such amendment) by reason of being permanently and totally disabled; or
(V)
supplemental security income benefits under subchapter XVI (as in effect pursuant to such amendment) by reason of disability.
(iii)
The ages of the members of such families.
(iv)
The number of individuals in the family, and the relation of each family member to the head of the family.
(v)
The employment status and earnings of the employed adult in the family.
(vi)
The marital status of the adults in the family, including whether such adults have never married, are widowed, or are divorced.
(vii)
The race and educational level of each adult in the family.
(viii)
The race and educational level of each child in the family.
(ix)
Whether the family received subsidized housing, medical assistance under the State plan approved under subchapter XIX, supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits, or subsidized child care, and if the latter 2, the amount received.
(x)
The number of months that the family has received each type of assistance under the program.
(xi)
If the adults participated in, and the number of hours per week of participation in, the following activities:
(I)
Education.
(II)
Subsidized private sector employment.
(III)
Unsubsidized employment.
(IV)
Public sector employment, work experience, or community service.
(V)
Job search.
(VI)
Job skills training or on-the-job training.
(VII)
Vocational education.
(xii)
Information necessary to calculate participation rates under section 607 of this title.
(xiii)
The type and amount of assistance received under the program, including the amount of and reason for any reduction of assistance (including sanctions).
(xiv)
Any amount of unearned income received by any member of the family.
(xv)
The citizenship of the members of the family.
(xvi)
From a sample of closed cases, whether the family left the program, and if so, whether the family left due to—
(I)
employment;
(II)
marriage;
(III)
the prohibition set forth in section 608(a)(7) of this title;
(IV)
sanction; or
(V)
State policy.
(xvii)
With respect to each individual in the family who has not attained 20 years of age, whether the individual is a parent of a child in the family.
(B)
Use of samples
(i)
Authority
(ii)
Sampling and other methods
(2)
Report on use of Federal funds to cover administrative costs and overhead
(3)
Report on State expenditures on programs for needy families
(4)
Report on noncustodial parents participating in work activities
(5)
Report on transitional services
(6)
Report on families receiving assistance
The report required by paragraph (1) for a fiscal quarter shall include for each month in the quarter—
(A)
the number of families and individuals receiving assistance under the State program funded under this part (including the number of 2-parent and 1-parent families);
(B)
the total dollar value of such assistance received by all families; and
(C)
with respect to families and individuals participating in a program operated with funds provided under section 603(a)(5) of this title
(i)
the total number of such families and individuals; and
(ii)
the number of such families and individuals whose participation in such a program was terminated during a month.
(7)
Regulations
(b)
Annual reports to Congress by Secretary
Not later than 6 months after the end of fiscal year 1997, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary shall transmit to the Congress a report describing—
(1)
whether the States are meeting—
(A)
the participation rates described in section 607(a) of this title; and
(B)
the objectives of—
(i)
increasing employment and earnings of needy families, and child support collections; and
(ii)
decreasing out-of-wedlock pregnancies and child poverty;
(2)
the demographic and financial characteristics of families applying for assistance, families receiving assistance, and families that become ineligible to receive assistance;
(3)
the characteristics of each State program funded under this part; and
(4)
the trends in employment and earnings of needy families with minor children living at home.
(c)
Pre-reauthorization State-by-State reports on engagement in additional work activities and expenditures for other benefits and services
(1)
State reporting requirements
(A)
Reporting periods and deadlines
Each eligible State shall submit to the Secretary the following reports:
(i)
March 2011 report
(ii)
April-June, 2011 report
Not later than August 31, 2011, a report for the period that begins on April 1, 2011, and ends on June 30, 2011, that contains with respect to the 3 months that occur during that period—
(I)
the average monthly numbers for the information specified in subparagraph (B); and
(II)
the information specified in subparagraph (C).
(B)
Engagement in additional work activities
(i)
With respect to each work-eligible individual in a family receiving assistance during a reporting period specified in subparagraph (A), whether the individual engages in any activities directed toward attaining self-sufficiency during a month occurring in a reporting period, and if so, the specific activities—
(I)
that do not qualify as a work activity under section 607(d) of this title but that are otherwise reasonably calculated to help the family move toward self-sufficiency; or
(II)
that are of a type that would be counted toward the State participation rates under section 607 of this title but for the fact that—
(aa)
the work-eligible individual did not engage in sufficient hours of the activity;
(bb)
the work-eligible individual has reached the maximum time limit allowed for having participation in the activity counted toward the State’s work participation rate; or
(cc)
the number of work-eligible individuals engaged in such activity exceeds a limitation under such section.
(ii)
Any other information that the Secretary determines appropriate with respect to the information required under clause (i), including if the individual has no hours of participation, the principal reason or reasons for such non-participation.
(C)
Expenditures on other benefits and services
(i)
Detailed, disaggregated information regarding the types of, and amounts of, expenditures made by the State during a reporting period specified in subparagraph (A) using—
(I)
Federal funds provided under section 603 of this title that are (or will be) reported by the State on Form ACF–196 (or any successor form) under the category of other expenditures or the category of benefits or services provided in accordance with the authority provided under section 604(a)(2) of this title; or
(II)
State funds expended to meet the requirements of section 609(a)(7) of this title and reported by the State in the category of other expenditures on Form ACF–196 (or any successor form).
(ii)
Any other information that the Secretary determines appropriate with respect to the information required under clause (i).
(2)
Publication of summary and analysis of engagement in additional activities
Concurrent with the submission of each report required under paragraph (1)(A), an eligible State shall publish on an Internet website maintained by the State agency responsible for administering the State program funded under this part (or such State-maintained website as the Secretary may approve)—
(A)
a summary of the information submitted in the report:
(B)
an analysis statement regarding the extent to which the information changes measures of total engagement in work activities from what was (or will be) reported by the State in the quarterly report submitted under subsection (a) for the comparable period; and
(C)
a narrative describing the most common activities contained in the report that are not countable toward the State participation rates under section 607 of this title.
(3)
Application of authority to use sampling
(4)
Secretarial reports to Congress
(A)
March 2011 report
(B)
April-June, 2011 report
(5)
Authority for expeditious implementation
(d)
Data exchange standardization for improved interoperability
(1)
Data exchange standards
(A)
Designation
(B)
Data exchange standards must be nonproprietary and interoperable
(C)
Other requirements
In designating data exchange standards under this section, the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, incorporate—
(i)
interoperable standards developed and maintained by an international voluntary consensus standards body, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, such as the International Organization for Standardization;
(ii)
interoperable standards developed and maintained by intergovernmental partnerships, such as the National Information Exchange Model; and
(iii)
interoperable standards developed and maintained by Federal entities with authority over contracting and financial assistance, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council.
(2)
Data exchange standards for reporting
(A)
Designation
(B)
Requirements
The data exchange standards required by subparagraph (A) shall, to the extent practicable—
(i)
incorporate a widely-accepted, nonproprietary, searchable, computer-readable format;
(ii)
be consistent with and implement applicable accounting principles; and
(iii)
be capable of being continually upgraded as necessary.
(C)
Incorporation of nonproprietary standards
(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title IV, § 411, as added Pub. L. 104–193, title I, § 103(a)(1), Aug. 22, 1996, 110 Stat. 2148; amended Pub. L. 105–33, title V, §§ 5001(e), 5507, 5514(c), Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 591, 616, 620; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(4) [title VIII, § 804(a)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1535, 1501A–284; Pub. L. 109–171, title VII, § 7102(b)(2), Feb. 8, 2006, 120 Stat. 136; Pub. L. 110–234, title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(E), (2)(V), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1096, 1097; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(E), (2)(V), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1857, 1858; Pub. L. 111–291, title VIII, § 812(a), Dec. 8, 2010, 124 Stat. 3160; Pub. L. 112–96, title IV, §§ 4003(a), 4005(e), Feb. 22, 2012, 126 Stat. 195, 198; Pub. L. 118–5, div. C, title I, §§ 302, 304, June 3, 2023, 137 Stat. 34, 35.)
cite as: 42 USC 611