SNAP: Examining Efforts to Combat Fraud and Improve Program Integrity

Hearing Date: June 9, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine federal and state efforts to combat fraud and trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.


  • In FY 2015, SNAP provided 46 million low-income individuals and/or households with $69 billion in benefits to help provide for a more nutritious diet.
  • The Office of Management and Budget designated SNAP as a high-error program due to an estimated $2.6 billion in improper payments.

o   Some recipients falsify eligibility information to improperly obtain benefits, or misuse their benefits to obtain non-food services, illegal drugs, or cash – a practice known as trafficking.

  • The Government Accountability Office recommended the U.S. Department of Agriculture reassess current financial incentives and detection tools and issue guidance to help states better detect fraud.



Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Kevin Concannon Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services U.S. Department of Agriculture Document
Ms. Mary Mayhew Commissioner Maine Department of Health and Human Services Document
Mr. Mike Carroll Secretary Florida Department of Children and Family Services Document
Ms. Kay Brown Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Ms. Stacy Dean Vice President for Food Assistance Policy Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Document

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