ABSTRACT

Errors and Fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) [March 30, 2018]   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation's largest domestic food assistance program, serving about 42.2 million recipients in an average month at a federal cost of over $68 billion in FY2017. It is jointly administered by the federal government and the states and provides means-tested benefits to recipients who are deemed eligible. These benefits may be used only for eligible foods at any of the approximately 260,000 authorized retailers, which range from independent corner stores to national chain supermarkets. In a program that operates with so many different stakeholders, detecting, preventing, and addressing errors and fraud is a complex undertaking. Among the complexities are the monitoring of retailer acceptance and recipient use of benefits, the accuracy of information provided by applicant households, and states' performance administering the program. Many governmental entities--federal and state agencies, including both human services and law enforcement--play a role in efforts to detect, prevent, and punish fraudulent SNAP activities and to reduce inadvertent errors."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45147
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2018-03-30
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