Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210






December 23, 1998


TEGL 09-97













Office of Regional Management




Joint Guidance on the Use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Job Access and Reverse Commute, and Welfare-to-Work Funds to Provide Transportation Services to Welfare Recipients

  1. Purpose. To provide coordinated guidance developed jointly by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and Transportation (DOT), to assist States and communities in taking full advantage of existing transportation resources available to help move people from welfare to work.

  2. Authorities and References. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-193) and Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33) amending Title IV-A of the Social Security Act; Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century (TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178); Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-200); TEA-21 Restoration Act (Pub. L. 105-206); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Proposed Rule (62 Fed. Reg. 62124 (proposed Nov. 20, 1997)); Welfare-to-Work Grants Interim Final Rule, 20 CFR Part 645 (62 Fed. Reg. 61588 (Nov. 18, 1997)); TANF Policy Announcement No. TANF-ACF-PA-97-1, dated January 31, 1997; Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 9-97.

  3. Rescission. The attached guidance paper was originally issued on May 8, 1998. Since then two major pieces of legislation have passed that significantly altered the programs described in the original guidance document. In order for this revised guidance to be most useful, it is being reissued in its entirety as a new TEGL, rescinding TEGL 9-97.

  4. Background. The guidance, intended to augment the current statutory and regulatory provisions, has been revised to incorporate legislative changes since the initial issuance. In particular, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (Job Access) program was created by Congress to provide new resources to address transportation issues for low-income people. The revised guidance paper also clarifies policy issues that have come to light in the areas of: the definition of "assistance" under the TANF program, data reporting under TANF and the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) program, and appropriate cost principles for federally-funded projects.

  5. Information. The new Job Access program creates opportunities at the local level for communities to leverage existing resources to help solve transportation issues for low income neighborhoods. The revised guidance describes, in detail, a number of limitations on how these funds may be appropriately used in cost sharing arrangements. State and local employment and training providers should review the example set forth on page 13 regarding how a jointly funded transportation project could operate.

  6. Action. Please share the joint guidance paper, as well as the joint Secretarial memorandum, with State and local staff who are involved in providing transportation services, to welfare recipients. This guidance is being issued simultaneously through the policy guidance systems of the three agencies involved.

  7. Inquiries. Inquiries on this joint guidance should be addressed to the appropriate Regional Office contacts which can be found at: Administration for Children and Families (HHS) http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/orgs/regions.htm, Federal Transit Administration (DOT), http://www.fta.dot.gov/office/regional, Employment and Training Administration (DOL), http://wtw.doleta.gov/resources/regcon.htm.

  8. Attachments.

    1. Joint letter from Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Transportation.

    2. Joint Paper on "Use of TANF, WtW and Job Access Funds for Transportation."





Attachment I TEGL 10-98



Dear Colleague:

As President Clinton said in his 1998 State of the Union address, "A society rooted in responsibility must first promote the value of work, not welfare." In order for families to transition from welfare to work successfully, the Federal Government, States, communities, businesses, and non-profit agencies must work together to create opportunities and remove barriers. Your involvement is crucial to overcoming one of the biggest challenges facing those transitioning from welfare to work: finding reliable, affordable, and efficient transportation to jobs, training, and support services such as child care.

President Clinton recognizes the challenge this poses to job seekers, and has asked us to create new strategies to help them get to where the jobs are. As he has said, "Each and every one of us has to fulfill our responsibility, indeed, our moral obligation, to make sure that people who now must work, can work."

In February, the President wrote a letter to the Nation's Governors highlighting the critical role of transportation and urging them to use existing funds for transportation services wherever possible. To encourage each State and community to take full advantage of current resources, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Transportation are working closely together on this issue and are jointly issuing the written guidance enclosed with this letter.

The guidance encourages coordination among transportation, workforce development, and social service providers to ensure the most efficient use of Federal funds. Such partnerships are an excellent way to create new, more effective transportation alternatives and to enable businesses to get the workers they need while stimulating local economies. We know some of you are already engaged in such partnerships and applaud these efforts, many of which are described in a recent publication by the Department of Transportation and the Community Transportation Association of America entitled Access To Jobs, A Guide to Innovative Practices in Welfare-to-Work Transportation. This publication is available on the Internet at http://www.ctaa.org/welfare.

We are confident that with adequate attention to, and investment in, transportation and other support services, welfare recipients will have the resources they need to find and keep jobs. We greatly appreciate your help in making welfare reform a success.

Rodney E. Slater Donna E. Shalala Alexis M. Herman
Secretary of Transportation Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary of Labor