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Field Op 2003-13 : Random Moment Sampling (RMS)

Date: 
04/24/2003
Author: 
DTA

RMS was implemented to comply with TANF federal regulations regarding state cost allocation plans. RMS is a technique for scientifically determining the amount of effort spent by a group of employees on various activities. The results of the sampling yield the proper allocation of administrative costs to the appropriate benefiting programs. The process involves the RMS Coordinator at Central Office calling TAO AU Managers and asking questions about the activity they were engaged in prior to receiving the call. Each day, 40 observation forms are randomly selected, 20 observations to be completed each morning and 20 observations to be completed each afternoon. Through the cooperative efforts of the AU Managers and the RMS Coordinators, observation forms are completed both accurately and in a timely manner.

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