Funded Pilots: The Partnership Fund has awarded more than $29 million to eleven pilot projects. These investments, which together could lead to up to $200 million or more in annual savings if successfully scaled up, will provide hard data about how Federal agencies, as well as States and localities, can reduce improper payments, save money and significantly improve service delivery and efficiency.
- Trusted Online Credentials for State Agencies: Demonstrating how identity solutions aligned with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) can be used to overcome barriers to integrated and effective virtual identity management in benefits programs.
- Supporting Permanent Placements of Foster Care Children through Electronic Records Exchange: Implementing a real-time online data exchange for States to share records and other information to support permanent placements of foster care children in homes across state lines.
- Do Right By Youth: The Department of Justice will offer grants and technical assistance to state and local agencies to develop scorecards that will help them make better use of scarce resources to improve juvenile justice and related outcomes for youth and communities.
- Interoperability Innovation Grants: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will provide competitive grants to up to four states to develop and implement improved information technology (IT) systems interoperability and integration in eligibility and enrollment, case management, and other related systems.
- Identifying State Innovations for Improving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Administration: ACF will offer states grants to identify and test innovations that reduce improper payments in the TANF block grant program and redirect these dollars to serve additional families in need.
- Assessing State Data for Determining EITC Eligibility: Determining the usefulness of data from state-administered assistance programs in verifying eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
- Improving Medicaid Provider Eligibility through State Shared Services: Testing how sharing a Medicaid provider enrollment system among a group of states may help the program operate more efficiently.
- Accessing Financial Institutions' Data for Employment Detection: Testing how financial institution data could be used by states to reduce overpayments in the unemployment insurance program.
- State Debt Recovery via the Treasury Offset Program (TOP): Running a simulation of expanding the use of Treasury offsets for state programs that have Federal financial participation.
- National Accuracy Clearinghouse: Testing how facilitating access to program information across states for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and other programs could improve program efficiency and reduce duplicate participation.
- Automating the Provider Enrollment Process for Risk Assessment and Comparative Analysis: Testing an automated tool that can screen for risk of provider fraud across Medicaid and Medicare.
Examples of Programs: Examples of Federally funded, state-administered assistance programs relevant to the goals of the Partnership Fund include the programs listed below. This list is not exhaustive; other programs may also be included in idea submissions.
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly Food Stamps)
- Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- Child Welfare
- Child Care
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Examples of Pilots: Pilots will emphasize the Partnership Fund’s four goals: service delivery, payment accuracy, administrative efficiency, and program access. Examples of the types of pilots that could be supported include:
- Pilots that simplify or streamline processes for application, eligibility determination, and confirmation of continued eligibility
- Pilots that promote or utilize data matching and information sharing across programs
- Pilots that test integrated applications, screening, and verification for multiple benefit programs
The Ideal Pilot: Components of the ideal pilot are listed below. Not every pilot concept considered for funding will meet all of these criteria, and the size and scope of the pilot projects funded may vary widely. With that said, the ideal pilot will:
- Have the potential to be replicated and sustained on a larger scale
- Address elements of the Partnership Fund’s four goals
- Address multiple programs and/or otherwise bridge organizational silos
- Yield measurable results in 9 to 18 months to suggest replication or expansion and demonstrate how successfully the pilot meets the Partnership Fund's four goals
- Support the statutory requirement that the pilot projects funded by the Partnership Fund be cost neutral in the aggregate