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Food Stamp Program: Options for Delivering Financial Incentives to Participants for Purchasing Targeted Foods
GAO-08-415: Published: Jul 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2008.
In fiscal year 2007, the Food Stamp Program provided about $30.4 billion in nutrition assistance benefits to 26.5 million individuals. Benefits are issued through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, similar to debit cards, to purchase eligible foods at authorized retail stores. The diets of many low-income individuals, like the U.S. population overall, do not meet federal dietary guidelines....
Food Stamp Program: FNS Could Improve Guidance and Monitoring to Help Ensure Appropriate Use of Noncash Categorical Eligibility
GAO-07-465: Published: Mar 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2007.
In fiscal year 2005, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program served over 25 million individuals per month, on average, providing over $28 billion in benefits for the year. To reduce the administrative burden on state agencies, current food stamp regulations allow households that receive or are authorized to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) noncash services t...
Food Stamp Program: Payment Errors and Trafficking Have Declined despite Increased Program Participation
GAO-07-422T: Published: Jan 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program is intended to help low-income individuals and families obtain a better diet by supplementing their income with benefits to purchase food. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states jointly implement the Food Stamp Program, which is to be reauthorized when it expires in fiscal year 2007. This testimony discusses our past wo...
Food Stamp Program: States Have Made Progress Reducing Payment Errors, and Further Challenges Remain
GAO-05-245: Published: May 5, 2005. Publicly Released: May 5, 2005.
In fiscal year 2003, the federal Food Stamp Program made payment errors totaling about $1.4 billion in benefits, or about 7 percent of the total $21.4 billion in benefits provided to a monthly average of 21 million low-income participants. Because payment errors are a misuse of public funds and can undermine public support of the program, it is important that the government minimize them. Because...
Food Stamp Program: States Seek to Reduce Payment Errors and Program Complexity
GAO-01-272: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2001.
In fiscal year 2000, the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program, administered jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states, provided $15 billion in benefits to an average of 17.2 million low-income persons each month. FNS, which pays the full cost of food stamp benefits and half of the states' administrative costs, promulgates program regulations and oversees program impl...
Food Assistance: Options for Improving Nutrition for Older Americans
RCED-00-238: Published: Aug 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined why some older persons do not use federal food relief programs; and (2) identified strategies that could be used to increase participation in these programs.GAO noted that: (1) older persons do not participate in federal food assistance programs for many reasons; (2) some of these reasons cut across programs; (3) for example, older persons a...
Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Recipient Claim Establishment and Collection Standards
OGC-00-52: Published: Aug 4, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the Food Stamp Program's recipient claim establishment and collection standards. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule aims to improve claims management in the Food Stamp Program while providing state agencies increased flexibility in their efforts to increase claims collection; (2) the final rule i...
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...
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program--Food Stamp Provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
OGC-99-66: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) new rule on the food stamp provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. GAO noted that: (1) the interim rule would provide: (a) state agencies the authority to exempt from the food stamp time-limit at section 6(0)(2) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 up to 15 percent of the state's caseload that is subject to...
Food Stamp Program: Various Factors Have Led to Declining Participation
RCED-99-185: Published: Jul 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' efforts to reduce participation in the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the recent drop in food stamp participation; and (2) any problems that households with eligible children have experienced in obtaining food stamps.GAO noted that: (1) the strong U.S. economy, tighter food stamp eligibility requirements, and welfare r...