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NET Gain No. 13: Welfare Reform (October 1997)

Welfare reform has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill recently. A key issue is what kind of vocational training and how much of that training counts as "work" to comply with the federal guidelines for welfare reform. This installment of "NET Gain" offers ideas for finding information on welfare reform on the Internet.

Federal sites

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has a welfare-to-work site at http://wtw.doleta.gov/ohrw2w/index.htm. In addition to information about the department's resources for implementing programs, there is an excellent page of more than a dozen links to other Web resources at http://www.ttrc.doleta.gov/ETA/Welfare/w2w_link.htm.

In addition: There is an ETA Welfare-to-Work page with broader coverage (not just federal hiring practices) at http://wtw.doleta.gov/.

The National Performance Review has a page designed to help federal agencies implement the welfare-to-work directives at http://www.welfaretowork.fed.gov/NPRAction/HomePage.nsf. It includes links to relevant documents and has a facility for discussion of Web users' questions.

A state site

The New York State Education Department's Welfare Reform Work Group has a useful site at http://www.nysed.gov/workforce/welfare.html. In addtion to descriptions of New York State's efforts, it includes a list of links to more than a dozen Web resources at http://www.nysed.gov/workforce/wfnet.html.

Research and analysis

The Center for the Future of Children, sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, devoted the spring 1997 issue of its "Future of Children" series to welfare-to-work. See the executive summary at http://www.futureofchildren.org/wtw/exsum16.htm. Full text also is available in Adobe Acrobat format.

The American Public Welfare Association has a modest but topical guide to welfare reform at http://www.apwa.org/reform/reform.htm. It includes a summary of the 1997 budget reconciliation act, a summary of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act and a timeline of federal welfare reform from 1993 to 1996. There also is a discussion forum.

Web indexes

Information about welfare reform in general also is accessible through Yahoo! at http://www.yahoo.com/Government/Politics/Political_Issues/Welfare_Reform/, and on Infoseek at http://www.infoseek.com:80/Politics/Issues/Welfare.

This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online archive of columns is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server http://ncrve.berkeley.edu/NetGain Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.

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