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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Efficiency Audit

November 2022


Texas Government Code, Section 531.005522, directed the State Auditor’s Office to select an external auditor to conduct an efficiency audit of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The State Auditor’s Office contracted with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct the audit.

Overall, PCG concluded that all TANF programs served one of the four TANF purposes, with the majority of TANF funds spent to keep needy children in their own home or the home of relatives. PCG also concluded that the State operated TANF programs efficiently and effectively, with little duplication and lean budgets. However, PCG reported that no agency provided oversight or strategic visioning for TANF. In addition, PCG identified 24 specific findings across the four TANF agencies. Those findings related to federal and intra-agency reporting errors, oversight and monitoring, compliance with TANF requirements, and calculation of the State’s required share of TANF spending.

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