Between 2007––11, over .8 billion in ongoing savings were generated from strategic reviews.Building on the strategic reviews with a commitment to delivering ongoing priority programs and services in a financially responsible manner, the Government announced a review of departmental spending in Budget 2011.The governor said he can wring billion in savings by merging agencies and operating them more efficiently, ending or cutting some state programs, limiting the workforce size, closing State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh and the Hamburg State Center in Berks County and leasing the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building in Harrisburg.
The Government will be introducing legislative and regulatory amendments required to implement the identified reductions in spending of departments, agencies and agents of Parliament.
In response, President Barack Obama’s administration implemented a program to grant NCLB waivers to qualifying states, of which there have been more than 30 to date.
President Obama and ED also launched Race to the Top, a .35 billion competition that awards funds to states whose schools do the most to meet certain federal educational criteria.
HRA’s Family Independence Administration (FIA) provides temporary cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and the New York State Safety Net program.
Eligibility is based on factors such as income and family size.