TPEP Interview Process
 
(01/01/21 - 12/31/21)
During the interview, explain the following information about the Two Parent Employment Program (TPEP):
 
When the parents are not married, paternity must be established (See Establishing Paternity)
Mandatory Work Requirements (See TPEP Work Program)
Consequences of noncompliance with the work program requirements (See Fail to Comply Work, TPEP)
Good cause for failure to comply (See TPEP, Jobs Good Cause)
The reconciliation process when disagreements occur regarding work program activities (See TPEP noncompliance)
The Cash Assistance Personal Responsibility Agreement (FAA‑1523A) form
Establishing the Primary Wage Earner(g)
 
One of the following must be completed and signed by each parent:
 
The Cash Programs Personal Responsibility agreement-PRA (FAA‑1523A) form, or the OnBase FAA‑1523A Unity form, or the Cash Assistance Personal Responsibility Agreement (A026) notice
The Recent Employment/Training Background (FAA‑0155A) form, or the OnBase FAA-0155A Unity form, or the Recent Employment/Training Background (A025) notice
 
NOTE When possible, provide copies of the forms to the participants for their records. Copies of all documents must be placed in the case file(g).
 
Complete the AP screens for any child who is in the home, is a half-sibling to the child in common, and has deprivation due to the absence or death of a parent. Have the PI sign the Assignment of Rights on the back of the application
 
When either parent of the TPEP budgetary unit refuses to sign the FAA‑1523A, or fails to comply with TPEP attendance or other TPEP participation requirements complete the following:
 
Deny any CA application when a participant applies for a child from a previous relationship
Deny the TPEP application
 
The PI has the primary responsibility for providing verification of eligibility factors. Offer assistance in obtaining the verification when the participant indicates an inability to provide the needed information.
 
When verification is not obtained at the time of interview or through collateral contacts, request the PI provide the needed verification within ten calendar days. (See Providing Verification)
 
When the PI has not requested assistance in getting the verification, and the ten-calendar day request deadline has passed, deny the application, or stop the benefits.
 
Once all verification is received, determine whether the budgetary unit meets all requirements except the work program requirement. The TPEP participants must be willing and able to participate in employment activities. Send the TPEP Pre-Approval (A140) notice to inform the participants they must comply with the TPEP Work Program Requirements.
 
When all conditions are met, except the work program requirement authorize the TPEP payments.
 
When the budgetary unit is ineligible for TPEP, determine potential CA eligibility for the dependent children who are deprived of parental support due to the continued absence or death of a parent.