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Washington, D.C. - Wyoming will be receiving a bonus of over $900,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services for its performance in helping people move from welfare to work, according to U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.

The FY 1999 High Performance Bonus award, worth $926,055, was awarded to the top 10 performing states in work measures related to moving welfare recipients to work and sustaining their success in the workforce. Wyoming's bonus award is based on achieving a top 10 ranking in 'job entry rate' and 'success in the workforce rate.'

"It is encouraging to see that Wyoming welfare recipients are succeeding in the workplace," Enzi said. "This is a testament to the ability of Wyoming's leaders and program administrators to creatively and effectively administer this program. This award can be put to good use to get even more people back on their feet."

Wyoming competed against 45 states for the FY 1999 bonus award. The bonus award must be used to carry out purposes of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, including a range of support services to overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. The TANF program provides assistance and work opportunities to needy families by granting states the federal funds and wide flexibility to develop and implement their own welfare programs.

Enzi said that competing states placed 1.3 million recipients in new jobs in 1998 and of those employed during that time, 80 percent continued to be employed three months after getting a job.