Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) [22 VAC 40 ‑ 295]
Establish Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Action 154
General Information
Action Summary On August 22, 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) was enacted, introducing welfare reform at the federal level. In Title I of the Act, Congress replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. This block grant considerably reduced federal regulation of cash assistance and employment services programs, allowing states to design their programs within limited parameters. Because the framework of the AFDC program was repealed by Congress, Virginia adopted pre-TANF federal definitions of eligibility criteria in order to maintain the program as it currently operated in Virginia. To that end, the 1997 Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation that codified the old rules, and an advisory committee comprised of legislators, socials services directors and workers, local government officials, and citizens, was formed to consider new TANF options. The committee made recommendations to simplify and streamline the TANF and VIEW programs.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
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New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
220 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/17/1999.
468 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 05/25/2001.
2289 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/16/2004.
2631 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/01/2004.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mark Golden  / Program Manager
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7385    FAX: (804)726-7357    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.