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To provide supplemental reporting guidance to 477 tribes regarding the newly established Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund.

To provide supplemental guidance to 477 tribes regarding the newly established Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund.

To transmit a form and instructions for requesting allotment from the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund.

To provide initial guidance regarding the newly established Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund.

To transmit the renewed form ACF-196TR and instructions for completing it.

Renewed Form ACF-202, Caseload Reduction Report.

The purpose of this program instruction is to provide State agencies with the TANF Data Report (TDR) form and related instructions and the SSP-MOE Data Report (SDR) form and related instructions that are effective for fiscal year 2021 and thereafter.

To request October 2020 caseload data for the number of foster children supported with public funds and the number of children in families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments in excess of the poverty income level.To request October 2020 caseload data for the number of foster children supported with public funds and the number of children in families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments in excess of the poverty income level.

Tribal TANF Plan guidance provides instructions to tribes and consortia interested in starting a Tribal TANF program.

As a consequence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the United States is experiencing a nationwide emergency, implicating both public health and the economy. Secretary Azar declared a nationwide public health emergency on January 31, 2020, and President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020.

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has heard from several grantees expressing concerns about the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Tribal TANF program and is fielding many questions about how Tribal TANF can help support people affected by it. Its top priority is the public health and safety of all those operating its programs and receiving its services. Increased need in many tribal nations for basic assistance and other financial benefits may arise as a result of the pandemic. With that in mind, this program instruction (PI) builds on TANF-ACF-PI-2020-01 (Questions and answers about TANF and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic), found at /ofa/resource/tanf-acf-pi-2020-01, which addressed questions and answers about how state and tribal grantees might use TANF to help those in need and TANF’s administrative flexibilities for both states and tribes. This program instruction addresses frequently asked questions about the flexibilities available to tribes and the requirements for providing non-recurrent, short-term (NRST) benefits to those in need as a result of COVID-19.