- 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
|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|