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Jason Turner, Executive Director, Secretaries' Innovation Group
SNAP E&T Pilot RFA questions and answers have been posted and are available at the following link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/2014-snap-e-t-pilots
Endorsed by Members, November 19, 2014 Meeting, Washington DC
One out of every seven Americans currently receives Food Stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is known as Food Stamps, has quadrupled in cost since 2001, and has doubled in cost since President Obama took office in 2008. States face an uphill battle on reforming this program. Federal regulations and laws are not designed to best ensure integrity and effectiveness in the program, and the federal administering agency, Food Nutrition Service (FNS) puts up roadblocks to reform whenever possible.
A common sense approach is needed in Washington D.C. to allow states the ability to ensure welfare benefits are being used appropriately. Despite intense opposition, States have made significant strides in some areas to tackle fraud, waste and abuse in the system. For instance, several states have implemented photos on Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) and are requiring working-age, non-disabled adults to meet work requirements.
Measures underway by states, and the reforms proposed below are aimed at deterring fraud, protecting legitimate beneficiaries and securing taxpayer’s peace of mind that the Food Stamp program is best serving the people of the United States. With the help of reform-minded voices in Congress, States can move forward with significant and meaningful reforms to this important program.