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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: More Information on Promising Practices Could Enhance States' Use of Data Matching for Eligibility
GAO-17-111: Published: Oct 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016.
In administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), all state SNAP agencies verify household income by conducting multiple data matches, which they find useful for detecting potential discrepancies related to SNAP eligibility (see figure below), according to GAO's survey of all state SNAP directors. Most states reported that particularly useful data matches provided current info...
Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization
GAO-12-338SP: Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Office of Inspector General (OIG) seek to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. As Congress debates ways to address the federal governments long-term fiscal imbalance, it becomes even more critical that we help with this challenge by identifying opportunitie...
Department of Agriculture: Status of Efforts to Address Major Financial Management Challenges
GAO-03-871T: Published: Jun 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2003.
In January, we issued our Performance and Accountability Series on management challenges and program risks at major agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report for USDA focused on a number of major management challenges, including enhancing financial management, and continued the high risk designation for Forest Service financial management. For many years, USDA strug...
Food Assistance: Reducing the Trafficking of Food Stamp Benefits
T-RCED-00-250: Published: Jul 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the improper trafficking of food stamp benefits, focusing on: (1) federal efforts to identify storeowners who engage in trafficking; (2) the amount of penalties assessed and collected against these storeowners; and (3) the extent to which states with statewide electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems are identifying and disqualifying recipients w...
Food Stamp Program: Better Use of Electronic Data Could Result in Disqualifying More Recipients Who Traffic Benefits
RCED-00-61: Published: Mar 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the efforts of states and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to reduce Food Stamp trafficking, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the states with statewide electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems are identifying and disqualifying recipients who engage in trafficking; and (2) actions FNS has taken to encourage the states to identify and disqua...
Food Assistance: Financial Information on WIC Nutrition Services and Administrative Costs
RCED-00-66: Published: Mar 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on various costs aspects of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), focusing on the: (1) federal and nonfederal sources and amounts of funding and in-kind contributions received by state-level and local WIC agencies and Indian tribal organizations for WIC nutrition services and administration;...
Food Stamp Program: Information on Trafficking Food Stamp Benefits
RCED-98-77: Published: Mar 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed food stamp trafficking at the retail level, focusing on: (1) the extent of retailer trafficking and the characteristics of the stores engaged in such trafficking; (2) the roles and efforts of federal agencies in minimizing food stamp trafficking by retailers; and (3) whether store owners or clerks were generally caught for trafficking food stamps a...
Food and Consumer Service: Child and Adult Care Food Program and Improved Targeting of Day Care Home Reimbursements
OGC-98-32: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new rule governing child and adult day care food program's improved targeting of day care home reimbursements. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would amend the Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations governing reimbursements for meals served in family day care homes by incorporating changes resulting from...
Food and Consumer Service: Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act Amendments
OGC-98-34: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new rule governing child nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act amendments. GAO noted that: (1) the new rule would amend the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to: (a) make administrative funds available to help eligible sponsoring organizations of family day care homes expand participation in CACFP in...
Food Assistance: Reducing Food Stamp Benefit Overpayments and Trafficking
T-RCED-98-37: Published: Oct 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1997.
GAO discussed fraud, waste, and abuse in the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of the problem; (2) the roles and responsibilities of the major federal agencies involved in minimizing it; and (3) the potential of electronic benefits transfer (EBT), a system of benefit delivery that replaces the traditional food stamp coupons with a debit card, to reduce it.GAO noted that: (...