Louisiana auditor hits work requirement oversight

State government isn’t doing enough to ensure recipients of cash assistance are engaged in work-related activities as required by law, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says.

Marketa Garner Walters, who leads the Department of Children and Family Services, did not dispute the criticism, saying the department has created a new unit to conduct oversight.

People who are considered capable of working and receive benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program are supposed to engage in work-related activities, which can include looking for work, participating in work skills training, and performing temporary or subsidized work.

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