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  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    States that include TANF in the Combined State Plan must outline how the State will meet the requirements of section 402 of the Social Security Act including how it will:

    (OMB Control Number: 0970-0145)

d. Take such reasonable steps as the State deems necessary to restrict the use and disclosure of information about individuals and families receiving assistance under the program attributable to funds provided by the Federal Government (section 402(a)(1)(A)(iv) of the Social Security Act)

Current Narrative:

The State will continue to restrict the use and disclosure of information about individuals and families receiving TANF assistance in accordance with state laws, I.C.5-14-3-4 and I.C. 12-14-1-7 and the Internal Revenue Code, Sections 7213 A and 7431. For TANF processing, FSSA DFR has a dedicated eligibility system solution that fully complies with IRS Publication 1075, which cites and supports compliance with all aspects of 7213A and 7431.  Additionally, FSSA DFR has dedicated State employed staff for processing federal tax information (FTI) in support of TANF.  This staff is fully made aware of the implications of the cited State laws and IRS code, along with all applicable aspects of IRS Publication 1075.  FSSA has dedicated security staff who work with the internal business, policy, operations, and system teams to realize security and policy requirements set forth in these laws and IRS code.  This security team in turn works with the IRS for ongoing IRS Publication 1075 Safeguard Security Report (SSR) submissions and audits to demonstrate Sections 7213A and 7431 compliance, along with IRS Publication 1075 in general.  This SSR process happens annually, and FSSA DFR continues to retain its compliance with IRS Publication 1075, as validated again in the the most recent SSR acceptance from the IRS on June 26, 2020, based on the State's submission on April 30, 2020.  In terms of I.C. 5-14-3-4 and I.C. 12-14-1-7, all vendor contracts and MOUs associated with data sharing TANF data include this expectation in the boilerplate sections of their agreements with FSSA DFR.  This compliance is subject to FSSA Audit as well as State Board of Accounts audits as applicable.