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House Agriculture Committee Examines Impact of Error Rates and Fraud on SNAP

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Washington, July 6, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss ways in which program integrity measures can be improved upon within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Members heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed what tools are used to report on quality control measures, the differences between error rates and fraud, what factors determine the reported rates, and how these measurements are used to better the program. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s top-to-bottom review, known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP.

“Today we examined ways in which SNAP can be improved for the millions of Americans who rely on food assistance, while ensuring the program is transparent and accountable to the American taxpayer. Two ways in which we hold SNAP accountable to the taxpayer is by requiring states to report on how effectively they disseminate benefits and administer the program, as well as an assessment of dollars being used illegally. As we continue this review, it will be imperative we understand this data so we are able to make meaningful improvements to SNAP,” said Chairman K. Michael Conaway.

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Tags: SNAP