not. That requires states and localities to share information across organizational boundaries. The information will have to be integrated, synthesized and analyzed as never before. To do so will take a tremendous amount of resources. Diverting those resources away from crucial state systems to build an elaborate national database, which tracks what may be only a negligible number of cases, would be a mistake.

Interstate tracking may be a necessary component of reform, but let's keep it simple and in the perspective of what the country really needs: well-built state information systems that support the business of today's reformed welfare program. *

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