Issue Brief 11-04
January 18, 2011

On December 8, 2010, the president signed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-291), which included an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and related programs through federal fiscal year (FY) 2011 (see Issue Brief 10-46 for more information). Unlike most programs covered by the extension, TANF supplemental funds were not funded at FY 2010 levels and were extended only until June 30, 2011, instead of September 30, 2011.

Specifically, P.L. 111-291 limited funding for TANF supplemental grants to $490 million minus the amount obligated for the TANF Contingency Fund from October 1, 2010 to December 8, 2010. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) obligated $334 million for the TANF Contingency Fund during that period, leaving a FY 2011 shortfall for TANF supplemental grants compared to previous years.