state. The state is billed by and reimburses providers for services to eligible recipients. States are reimbursed 75 percent of the program’s administrative costs, and there is a 50 percent match of the state’s general fund expenditures to pay service providers. The program has no cap or ceiling. Administrators of state Medicaid programs are in continuous communication through various stakeholder advisory groups, such as the Medicaid Management Information System and associated subcommittees. This interaction fosters information exchange and the identification of best practices for program administration.
Federal-Aid Highway funds are administered by the California Department of Transportation. Working with local governments, the state has responsibility for identifying and prioritizing projects with a minimum horizon of three years for inclusion in a state transportation improvement program document. There is an iterative process between the state and regional planning organizations for projects in urbanized areas. Federal funds generally represent 80 percent of the project cost, although the percentage is higher for some projects, such as traffic signalization. The Federal Assistance Award Data System third-quarter report for 2000 shows nearly 800 action records (one for each project) in California. The largest was $30 million for widening a San Jose highway. All state departments of transportation belong to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This group, collaborating through working groups and committees, influences national standards and policies and recommends positions on legislation.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is provided through California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs). The state plan, designed to help CalWORKs recipients find employment and/or acquire job skills necessary to obtain employment, was developed in consultation with local governments and private-sector organizations and approved by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is supervised by the California Department of Social Services and administered by county welfare departments. The departments of social services, child support services, and health services, and the Office of Criminal Justice Planning have authority to make rules and regulations that ensure universal access and uniform eligibility criteria for the program. Other state agencies, such as the Department of Education, the Employment Development Department, and the Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, are involved in education and employment aspects of the program.