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Building a Nation that Works: Designing TANF for the Workplace

Jobs for the Future

Employers' interest in workforce development and the connection of their concerns to welfare is at an all-time high. At the same time, a key question as Congress discussed the reauthorization of welfare reform is the program's effectiveness in helping low-income families move out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency through work. To achieve this objective, the reauthorization will need to consider the needs of employers and focus the welfare legislation more directly on what happens in the workplace.

Building a Nation that Works, from Workforce Innovation Networks (WINs), identifies employers' workforce needs and their relationship to policy considerations as Congress reauthorizes welfare reform legislation. WINs is a multi-year collaboration of Jobs for the Future with the Center for Workforce Success of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Center for Workforce Preparation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Presented for educational purposes, the brief is not a statement of official policy positions by the WINs partners.