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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning: How The HHS Helps Communities Prevent Water Pollution

Stormwater pollution is a growing issue in the United States. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several agencies launched the national Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). The SWPPP is a broad program that helps communities across the country prevent water pollution.

What Is The Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Program?

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program assists families with children when parents cannot provide for the family's basic needs. It offers financial support (also known as welfare) to low-income families for food, rent, clothing, utilities, transportation, and other expenses. TANF programs also provide housing, education, childcare assistance, job training, and work placement services.

Government Accountability Office (GAO): The U.S. Congress "Watchdog"

The Congress of the United States created the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in 1921. The original idea was to equip the legislative branch with the ability to monitor the expenditures of the federal government to ensure that taxpayer money was being spent as intended. This mission preoccupied the GAO for the next 50 years.